The Rose Gardens feature spectacular views of the Columbia as it flows into the Pacific, accented by the scent and beauty of roses, with a chorus of shorebirds as ships sail by. It features over thirty varieties of roses, as well as fuchsias and hellebore. Native vegetation greens the surrounding slopes, and the gardens feature permaculture design. Remnants of the canneries and ghost towns of Altoona and Cottardi Station are visible, and it's our best location for birding, due to ancient conifers that line the river. Regular visitors include a multitude of bald eagles, ravens, pelicans, cormorant, and heron. It's an excellent spot to shipwatch, as craft sailing up-stream float right past the Gardens. Seasonally sea lion pods work the waters off-shore, and deer wander about. Rose Creek has a small stretch through the Gardens as it makes its final descent into the Columbia, restored with native plants and lending gentle sounds to the ambiance. Our Rose Creek Hut is also located here, a rustic structure with a comfy full size memory foam mattress on frame and wonderful views of the Columbia. Please provide your own bedding i.e. sleeping bags and such. Rental price also includes one bundle of handcut firewood, and two gallons of potable water.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
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My stay at The Rose Garden was great! The drive from Portland provided a trip through areas of Washington I've yet to travel and hadn't even known existed -- and now consider myself lucky to.
The views from The Rose Garden are many: from the rock pillars and remnants of the ghost towns when the area was a fishing hotspot to the Coast Range and Saddle Mountain directly across the Columbia River and Astoria further west, there's plenty to enjoy in the distance after you've explored the myriad of native rose species directly surrounding your campsite.
There are plenty of ways to occupy your time: cross the road to the beach, choose your favorite massive piece of driftwood and take in the sunset (or sunrise!); walk through the nature trails in the adjacent woods and experience firsthand the environmental restoration efforts as the native roses and other plants that have been planted thrive where invasive species once ran rampant, or find a nice spot near one of the ancient trees and wait to see how many species of wildlife (sea lions, bald eagles, owls, weasels, porcupines, and many others have returned to the area thanks to the restoration efforts!) decide to say hello.
Sol is a great host and a wealth of knowledge: not only of the natural and cultural history of the land you'll be staying on, but also of the surrounding area. He is also heavily involved with local organizations pertaining to land use and the environment. It was great to meet someone so deeply involved and passionate about the area I was staying in.
The Rose Garden is such a special place. After learning more about the history of this little-known area from Sol, we have such an appreciation for all the work he's done, making the Rose Garden what it is today. The site itself is perched above the Columbia River, which gives you some amazing views during your stay. Sunrise and sunset are equally beautiful, whether you're looking for fogs and mists, or colorful skies. Across the road is the beach where you can watch sea lions, bald eagles, or ships passing by. The road below camp is great for cycling, so bring your bike! Astoria is also about 40 minutes away if you're looking to explore the surrounding area.
Sol was a wonderful host. I highly encourage you talk to him about his eco restoration efforts and the history of this land. This was my first visit to Washington, but it seems that this area is unknown to many who live in OR and WA. After staying here I want to tell everyone about this place so they can experience camping here for themselves!!
I would recommend this spot to anyone! The accommodations were great and we were pleasantly surprised to see that there was a nice little hut for us to sleep in! Sol was a great host and he takes great care of this spot. The view was amazing, we felt secluded even though we were close to the road and Sol even had firewood chopped for us upon arrival. This place is a gem!
This was an amazing place to spend the July 4th holiday! The view is incredible, the spot is open and spacious but at the same time feels very private. We had plenty of room to spread out and picnic, play lawn games, and pitch a tent. The hut is also a very comfortable place to sleep. There were eagles, osprey and even a porcupine sighting while we were there. Sol was very friendly/helpful/kind. A great place to stay!!
Received a very warm welcome from our host with lots of history of the area and the site. Recently built cabin with bed on the camp site which was a nice addition! Note - this site is not RIGHT on the water, the pictures led us to believe it was. Beautiful sunset/sunrise at the site. Host provided campfire wood and a trash bucket. No toilet/bath other than a porta-potty up the driveway (just FYI).
The Rose Garden is incredible! The views are so beautiful, and the space was perfect for my husband and I and our dogs. The lawn was nice and spacious to throw the ball for the pups and play lawn games while watching the ships pass by on the river. Sol was extremely helpful and accommodating, he has a wealth of knowledge about the area that was interesting to hear. Cannot wait to return again soon, this place is a gem!