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...
Annual overnight attendance: 19,399
Annual dayuse attendance: 635,908
Smith Rock State Park FAQ
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.
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.
Camping permits are available at the fee station located at the enterance to the Bivouac camping area. Camping fees are $5 per person - per night.
Camp fires are not permitted year round due to the dry high desert climate at the park.
County rules prohibit 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
No, camping is on a first come first serve basis only.
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.
Commercial use of radio controlled aircraft is not permitted.
Recreational use of radio controlled aircraft isnt allowed at Smith Rock to avoid hazards that could negatively affect other visitors or protected wildlife.
OPRD does have other parks where recreational use is allowed but because of Smith Rocks popularity and protected wildlife it isnt one of them.
In most cases the answer is yes. Please contact the park office at 541-548-7501 for assistance.
Anyone wanting to place a highline in the parks interior must notify park staff of its location and the duration it will be up. Slacklines are not permitted in the dayuse area lawns, designated tent camping or common cooking areas. Stringing a line across established park trails or pathways is prohibited. Other rules and regulations may apply. If you have questions call the park office at 541-548-7501.
Open dawn to dusk year round.
Annual passes are sold at the Welcome Center during scheduled hours of operation. Annual passes are also available at Terrebonne Thriftway in Terrebonne.
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.
The parks Welcome Center Hours are posted at the park monthly and vary depending on visitation levels, holidyas, events and available volunteer staffing.
The trail was paved to prevent annual storm erosion and to improve visitor access to the canyon. To improve EMT and search and rescue emergency response. A number of additional drainages and "pedestrian pullouts" were also added along the gravel portion of the trail.