IMG_1962Smith Rock State Park is probably one of my favorite places in Central Oregon. I have been there several times, and it never seems to look the same. Different lighting, different seasons make Smith Rock a great place to visit.

If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons or rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. Smith Rock is located in central Oregon’s high desert near the towns of Redmond, Terrebonne and Bend. Its sheer cliffs of tuff and basalt are ideal for rock climbing of all difficulty levels. There are several thousand climbs in the park, more than a thousand are bolted routes. Are you ready for Smith Rock? Well grab your CamelBak, other Hydration Pack or Hydroflask, check out some hiking tips, and get ready for a nice hike, and beautiful scenery!

Smith Rock also offers miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, featuring the meandering Crooked River and views of the volcanic peaks of Oregon’s Cascade Range. Along your trip through the canyon, you might see golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otter and beaver.

Hiking Trails at Smith Rock State Park

Misery Ridge Loop Trail – June 2013 – Smith Rock Photo Gallery

  View photo gallery of hiking the Misery Ridge Loop Trail at Smith Rock State Park.

January 2013 Smith Rock Photo Gallery

  View photo gallery of Smith Rock from January 2013.

Smith Rock Photo Gallery

  View photo gallery of various visits to Smith Rock over the years.

Much of the 1994 film adaptation of the 1976 book Even Cowgirls Get The Blues was filmed within view of Smith Rock. Partial filming for the 1997 feature The Postman took place on location, while it additionally appeared in Swordfish in following years. Several westerns have been filmed here, including the John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn film Rooster Cogburn. The Rockhard building at the park entrance was built as a movie set for this film, portrayed as “Kates Saloon”.

Due to the uniqueness and fragile aspect of the park, park rangers enforce the animal leash law and strongly encourage all park users to stay on trails.

Note: Open fires prohibited at all times. There is a designated place for cooking with propane and white gas stoves. Cooking is not allowed anywhere else in the park. Gas lanterns are also prohibited. Smoking is only allowed in vehicles.

Smith Rock hiking trails

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$5 daily day-use fee or buy a 12-month permit for $30 or a 24-month permit for $50. These 1- and 2-year permits are good at all state park day-use areas.

Walk-in bivouac camp (no fires allowed). Campsites are first-come, first-served. Call (541) 548-7501 or (800) 551-6949 for information.

Map of parking area for Smith Rock.


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