Smith Rock State Park

Near Bend, Oregon, United States

COVID-19 UPDATE

Smith Rock is open with reduced services. 

  • The Bivouac Camp is closed.
  • Drinking Fountains are turned off. Please bring enough water for your visit.
  • Reduced garbage service. Please pack out trash.
  • Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Do not travel far to visit.
  • Facilities may close without notice.

If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons or rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs in the park. More than a thousand are bolted routes. We also offer miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Along your trip through the canyon, you might see golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otter and beaver.

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.

Camping info

  • Walk-in bivouac area for tents (No reservations) CLOSED
  • RV camping, sleeping in vehicles and open fires are not allowed

 

Effective Sep 18, 2020
Campfires are banned in all state parks, including campgrounds, day-use areas, and beaches. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have an immediate shutoff valve are allowed for cooking only. Locally, park managers have discretion to allow fires in designated campfire rings only if conditions have improved enough to do so. 
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round
COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-tent Open for camping Year Round
COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-car-side First-come, first-served camping mdi-currency-usd Day-use parking permit required
(purchase 1-day permit on site)
Buy annual parking permit
mdi-cellphone Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-548-7501
Current Conditions Directions Feedback

Amenities & Features

Questions

mdi-help-circle-outline General

Do I need a permit to film or photograph commercially?

Permits are often required for commercial filming and photography. Please contact the park manager at 541-548-7501 to determine if you will need a permit.

I need a guide or have specific climbing related questions. Who should I ask?

Their are many climbing outfitter/guide services that operate at Smith Rock. An internet search or phone book reference will provide contact information. Park Staff does not provide referrals or specific climbing information.

Is there a website where I can learn more about Smith Rock, current weather conditions and more?

Yes, go to smithrock.com

mdi-help-circle-outline About Camping

What is the cost to tent camp at the park?

Camping permits are available at the fee station located at the entrance to the Bivouac camping area. Camping fees are $8.00 per person per night.

Are campfires allowed in the campground?

Camp fires are not permitted year round due to the dry high desert climate at the park.

Are you allowed to sleep in your vehicle?

County rules prohibit sleeping in your vehicle at Smith Rock State Park.

Where is the nearest campground that allows RVs and sleeping in your vehicle?

USFS Skull Hollow Campground

Located NE of Smith Rock State Park on Lone Pine Road

Open Seasonally - No Reservations - Fee Campground - No Drinking Water

28 Standard Campsites

Can I make a reservation for camping?

No, camping is on a  first come first serve basis only.

mdi-help-circle-outline What's Allowed

Are there any climbing closures in effect?

Climbing route closures for the protection of nesting birds of prey are common at Smith Rock but typically affect lesser used climbing areas. Please look for posted closures on informational kiosks in the park and for signs at the closure sites.

mdi-help-circle-outline Day use/Special Events

What hours is the park's day use area open?

The Park is open from dawn to dusk (30 minutes prior to sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset).

After dusk, use of park day use facilities or property is prohibited.

Some (not all) reasons/concerns for the enforcement of this existing rule:
a. Illegal camping including illegal campfires in high fire season.
b. Lack of park staff and resources to manage the use.
c. Limited emergency response resources.
 

Where can I buy an Oregon State Parks Annual Pass

12 month and 24 month Annual passes are sold at the park's Welcome Center during scheduled hours of operation (hours vary). Annual passes are also available at Terrebonne Thriftway in Terrebonne, or online at www.oregonstateparks.org

I want to have a wedding or other event at the park. Do I need a permit?

Permits are often required for special events. Please contact the Park Manager or Park Ranger at 541-548-7501 to see if you will need a permit.

Weddings groups of no more than 50 people can reserve the North Point Amphitheater space by calling the park office at 541-548-7501.  We are currently only making reservations up to 30 days in advance due to covid-19 issues. 

What hours is the Welcome Center open?

The Welcome Center hours are posted at the park monthly and vary depending on visitation levels, holidays, events and available volunteer staffing.

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

The park was obtained between 1960 and 1975 by purchase and gifts of land from the city of Redmond and Harry and Diane Kem. Many believe that Smith Rock is named in honor of John Smith a Linn County lawman or Pvt. Volk Smith a soldier who fell to his death in the park during a battle with the Northern Paiute in 1863. The Debate Continues...

 

Brochures and Maps

mdi-file-pdf-box Smith Rock trail map

Photos & Video

Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.