Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park is an American state park located in central Oregon's high desert near the towns of Redmond and Terrebonne.

View of the park

Understand

The park's sheer cliffs of tuff and basalt are ideal for rock climbing of all difficulty levels. Smith Rock is generally considered the birthplace of modern American sport climbing, and is host to cutting-edge climbing routes. There is sport climbing, traditional climbing, multi-pitch climbing, and bouldering.

The park is dog-friendly but requires leashes at all times.

Landscape

Close view of Monkey Face Rock and general panorama

Fees/Permits

Daily use fee: $5 Annual permit: $30 Parking fees are $5 a day or $30 a month.

Do

Another panorama from closer to ground level

The park contains the first U.S. climb rated 5.14. The area is well known for its challenging climbing routes so eventually all top climbers visit. In 1983, Allan Watts began to use sport climbing ethics which pushed American climbing to new levels. Shortly after, between 1992 and 2009, about 500 new climbing routes were added. This brought climbers from all over the world as Smith Rock became the world capital for sport climbing. To this day the park still attracts climbers from all over the world. The best time to visit is fall and late spring. The winter tends to be too cold (below freezing) and the summer months regularly reach the 100s °F (40s °C).

In addition to the world-famous rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is host to many miles of hiking trails, the meandering Crooked River and views of the volcanic peaks of Oregon's Cascade Range.

Rock Climbing

Smith Rock has over 1800 climbing routes.

Climbing Guide Service: Smith Rock Climbing School,  +1 541-312-9242. 9 AM - 5 PM.

Hiking and mountain biking

There are miles of hiking/mountain biking trails where you can enjoy the views of the river and mountains. Watch climbers work their way up the famous "Monkey Face".

Sleep

The closest hotels are located in Redmond, 15 miles north of Bend.

Camping

Sunset in the park

There are two camping options available. One is in the park's bivouac area at the southern boundary of the park, while the other is the Skull Hollow Campground located several miles from the park. Camping at the bivouac is $5 per person, per day. There is hot water, showers, bathrooms, and many campsites to choose from. The park asks all bivouac users to keep all food out of campsites and in the communal kitchen area. Skull Hollow campground is 5 miles east of the park and runs along a Forest Service road. Although it is free, there is no running water and it is farther from the park. Fires are permitted but wood is scarce. Bring your own firewood. No reservations accepted.

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