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Transportation and Parking FAQ

We know there are a lot of questions about parking and transportation, so we have put together an FAQ that will hopefully answer all of your questions. If there's something you still need help with after reading through this, please email

Parking Lots

What is the drop-off zone and how does it work? When our main lot is open, we will allow people to use the drop-off area to unload and then park their car in an open space. When the main lot is full/closed, we will not allow anyone in to drop off.

Map showing where our parking lots are

Are there length restrictions on vehicles you will allow in the main lot? Yes, oversized vehicles such as trucks with campers or sprinter vans over 21 feet long, and/or 7 feet wide will not be allowed in the main parking lot. These vehicles will be directed to the Sunrise and HRM lots.

Is the main lot the best place to park? If you have your own gear and don't need lessons or rentals the Hood River Meadows lot is a great option for parking. There is a small lodge where you can get your lift tickets, food and drinks and there are restrooms and port-a-potties there.

Where are your bathrooms located? In addition to the restrooms available inside the Main, Sahale, and HRM lodges, we also have porta potties located near the Nordic Center (HRM lot) and near RV row in the Sunrise lot.

Bus and Shuttles

What is the Park and Ride bus schedule this season? Park and Ride buses are scheduled to operate on select dates this season from December through March. Head to the Park and Ride page for more information.

Is there a free shuttle from Hood River? Columbia Area Transit (CAT) is running buses daily from Hood River this season starting December 12, 2022 via the Gorge-To-Mountain Express route. To ride, you can either purchase a GOrge Pass*, give the driver $5 for a roundtrip ride, or buy $5 roundtrip tickets online or at the CAT office in Hood River.

*With your GOrge Pass, you will receive unlimited rides on all CAT fixed-route services, including local routes, Columbia Gorge Express to Portland, and the Gorge-To-Mountain Express. The 2022 annual GOrge Pass is available now and is valid thru December 31, 2022. Prices are $40 Adults / $20 Children 17 and under. The 2023 Gorge Pass starts January 1, 2023. Pre-sales available mid-December.

Are there any shuttles from Portland? Yes, you can check out our list of suggested shuttle companies.

Will there be buses for Consecutive Week Programs? Yes, bus service for Consecutive Week Programs is back for the 2022-23 season!

RV Parking

Where is RV Row this season? RV Row is located in the Sunrise lot this season. Below is an image of where parking is allowed.

Image of the Sunrise parking lot showing where RV row is

How many RVs are allowed in RV row? We maintain 14 to 18 spaces depending on snow. We ask everyone to park as close as possible to maximize space.

How long of an RV can fit? Due to snow removal and bus lanes your vehicle or combination of vehicles can not be more than 40'.

If I fill out the registration am I guaranteed a spot? No, there must be spots available in RV row to stay here.

What permits do I need? Sno-Park permits are required in all of our parking lots from Nov. 1 to April 30 (sold at the resort). You will also need to fill out our Parking Registration form found on our Overnight RV Parking page

What do permits cost? Information on Oregon Sno-Park permits can be found here. Our overnight parking permits are issued at no charge.

How long can I stay? A maximum three consecutive nights within any five-night period.

I have a Sprinter van. Can I just park in the main lot? Sprinter vans may park in the main lot for day access only. If you are staying overnight, you must park in the designated RV row section of the Sunrise lot, and be fully self-contained.

Will shuttle service be available?  If there are RVs parked in the Sunrise lot we will run shuttles to the Main lot. Guests may also hike up the runout located at the southwest section of the Sunrise lot, which will take you to the bottom of the Vista Express lift.

Are there length restrictions on vehicles you will allow in the main lot? Yes, oversized vehicles such as trucks with campers or Sprinter vans over 21' long and/or 7' wide will not be allowed in the Main parking lot. These vehicles will be directed to our Sunrise and HRM lots.

Why is there not any RV/camper parking available in the HRM lot? We would love to have overnight RV/camper parking at HRM, but there are a few issues with that. 1.) Too remote: HRM is too far away from the main lodge in case of an emergency. 2.) Poor or no cell service: Reception is poor in the HRM lot, which makes calling out in case of an emergency difficult or impossible. 3.) Ski runs: There is no night skiing in the HRM section of the resort, whereas the Sunrise lot allows guests to ski and ride back to their RVs during night operations.

Is Meadows required to have RV parking? No, we do it as a service to our guests and want to continue this practice as long as we get compliance with the rules of use.

Why are you so strict about parking? There is a high demand for parking in the Sno-Parks on Mt. Hood. Due to the snow challenges we need to leave space for the Oregon Department of Transportation to conduct snow removal. If we do not manage correctly the lots shrink and we are unable to accommodate enough guests.

Additional questions? Please email us at

Please read our Overnight RV Parking Rules