Background Beacon Rock State Park is a 5,100-acre year-round camping park with historic significance dating back hundreds of years. At over 840 tall, Beacon Rock is the core of an ancient volcano. A mile-long trail to its summit provides outstanding panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge. The park has over 20 miles of roads and trails open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use. In addition, Beacon Rock is a popular technical rock climbing destination.