Camping at The Gorge: What You Need to Know

One of the best outdoor music venues in the country, The Gorge Amphitheatre packs in some of the nation’s biggest names—set against some of Washington State’s biggest views. With the Columbia River flowing just beyond the stage and thousands gathered on the terraced lawn, catching a show here is as much about the atmosphere as it is the music.

To get the full experience, you’ll want to camp at The Gorge in your tent, RV, or rental van. If you go with Cabana, your home on wheels fits just about anywhere here—and you can make a few extra road-trip stops to double your fun. To prep for your Gorge getaway, here’s what you need to know.

What should I bring?

Whether you’re camping at The Gorge Amphitheatre Campground itself or a nearby spot, definitely stock up on food and water. While there are some pretty awesome food trucks at the amphitheatre—open day and night—lines are routinely 60+ minutes, the food isn’t cheap, and depending on your camping tier, it could be a 1.5-mile walk to get in that taco line. In short, you’ll be glad you stocked up on snacks/meals, water, and coffee.

Speaking of—your Cabana comes pre-stocked with coffee, cooking oil, and seasoning packets for about two meals, plus all the cooking utensils and pots and pans you’ll need. Your show ticket gets you 24 hours in the campground, so meal-plan for lunch, dinner, and breakfast (plus a few libations!). Need some inspiration for those easy camping meals? We got you. 

And while there is potable water at select spots in The Gorge Amphitheatre Campground, you’ll be happier if you bring plenty of your own. As for RV hookups, those are limited and fee-based, but you don’t need ‘em with Cabana.

But listen up—inside the venue gates, the rules tighten. Food must be in clear gallon-sized bags, alcohol is prohibited, and water must be in 20-ounce bottles. For seating, bring your own short beach-style lawn chairs or blankets if you’re in the picnic area on the hill, or you can pay for folding chairs on the lawn.

The last thing you’ll need? Your driver’s license or ID card. 

Where should I camp?

The Gorge Amphitheatre Campground has some pretty sweet camping spots and some not-so-sweet camping spots. Standard camping—15’x25’, plenty of room for your Cabana or just enough room for a single tent and one vehicle—includes comfort stations and paid showers, and the amenities go up from there, all the way to fully furnished glamping tents. If you want to be in the mix, and you probably do, grab whatever tier fits your budget. Your Cabana has an indoor shower and toilet, so no need to worry about hauling all your toiletries to a cold shower stall.

If you’d prefer to grab a show and get back to nature—or you just want to cut your budget even further—there are a number of spots within easy driving distance that’ll do the trick. Wildhorse Campground is about 10 minutes away; Sage Creek Campground is about 15 minutes away; and Crescent Bar Campground is just over 30 minutes away. In those cases, you can utilize the day parking at the amphitheatre and come and go as you please.

Tip: If you opt for the Premier or Terrace level at The Gorge Amphitheatre Campground, you’ll get roomier spots plus great views of the gorge. No hookups here, but again, your Cabana van doesn’t require them.

Gorge camping with Cabana

Winery stop, anyone?

With the constant buzz at The Gorge, you might need to decompress after—and a winery stop does just the trick. Cave B Estate’s main tasting room is within walking distance of the campground, with 100+ acres of vineyards for sipping and gazing. They just about do it all, from merlots and syrahs to chardonnays and rieslings—marmots even roam the grounds for endless entertainment. Half a dozen more wineries make the 30-minute list, from Beaumont Cellars to Burke Vineyard to Chris Daniel Winery, right off I-90.

About an hour south of the amphitheatre lies the Yakima Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area), the oldest AVA in the state. Since your Cabana has unlimited miles, why not wander the scenic Zillah Fruit Loop, winding through the area's 18,000 acres of orchards and vineyards? 

Visit Washington Wine Country in Comfort

What about sightseeing to or from Seattle?

With the drive to or from Seattle being well under three hours, there’s definitely some time for sightseeing on your trip. Stop at Frenchman Coulee to see wild volcanic rock formations—sort of like Giant’s Causeway in Ireland—make a quick side jaunt from Cle Elum to picnic on Cle Elum Lake, or stop for a quick 2-mile hike to Franklin Falls near Snoqualmie Pass.

Tip: Of course, if you book with Cabana, add complimentary Trip Planning, and we’ll set you up with more ideas—customized to your interests.

What’s the concert schedule at The Gorge?

Haven’t booked your tickets yet? Check out this line-up for 2022:

June 4th: Chris Stapleton

June 11th: Brandi Carlile

July 16th: The Lumineers

August 13th: The Chicks

August 19th: Bass Canyon

August 26th: Los Bukis

September 2nd–4th: Dave Matthews Band

September 24th: Jack Johnson

October 1st: RÜFÜS DU SOL

In other words, see you at The Gorge!

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