Nestled upon the hills of the Columbia River Gorge, The Dalles is a combination of forests, orchards and high desert, offering great outdoor recreation and an area rich in history. Less than an hour from Mt. Hood, The Dalles provides an outdoor paradise for bikers, hikers and mountain climbers, as well as whitewater rafters. The Dalles has served as a center of trade for more than 10,000 years. The city’s downtown area is a registered historic district featuring architecture from the late 1800s and early 1900s.