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Wild Horse Monument

Washington 98823 USA

Free to Visit
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • No Public
  • No Wifi
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“offering impressive geologic and historic views”

 This simple little trek offers visitors some of the most impressive geologic and historic views of the Columbia River area. The uniquely beautiful sculptures at the top of the ridge offer great exposure to one of the most impressive outdoor art pieces in the Northwest. The trail leads out of the parking area and climbs steeply to the fifteen surprisingly lifelike horse sculptures. These beauties stand on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River. Constructed out of welded steel plates, they are the work of Spokane artist David Govedare. The tempered steel ponies were put on the bluff in 1989 for Washington State's Centennial Celebration. A short hike up the path leads to the base of the hill, from where you can peer up to admire the monument. To really experience the horses, though, and to connect with the desert landscape, follow the scramble trail from the viewpoint up to the horses. This steep, rocky path is only a few hundred yards long, but it's enough to lead you to some beautiful wildflowers and increasingly open views down to the river.

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The Flying Clam

  • 27 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
August 11, 2014
Rated 4.0

Great viewpoint of the Columbia River Gorge! For those wanting a little exercise, there's a short but steep dirt trail up to the horses too!

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June 25, 2020
Rated 5.0

Great views of the river from here! Worth the stop!

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April 12, 2020

It was closed in January 2020 but open when I went again in April 2020. Nice view of bridge, water and horse monument. Wish I had the right shoes to do the steep hike, which I’m sure would reap an even more beautiful view. Looks like a short hike, but steep. Would be fun to do with a buddy. Next time. It’s still a nice quick stop without the hike.

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LauRae DiVito Mulanax

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July 02, 2018
Rated 4.0

Viewable from road or exit to get closer.

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  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
January 09, 2018
Rated 3.0

Closed 1/9/18 - could only see from a distance. River and dam area pretty.

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Shannon O

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July 16, 2015
Rated 5.0

Love stopping here and taking in the amazing views!

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Wild Horse Monument

98823 USA

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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