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: 16,998
Annual dayuse attendance: 545,668
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 - On Site Campground Host
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 bearing a camera isnt allowed by the FAA.
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.
Late Spring thru early Fall the dayuse areas of the park are open from 5:00AM to 10:00PM.
Late Fall thru early Spring the dayuse areas of the park are open from 7:00AM thru 7:00PM
Annual passes are sold at the Welcome Center during scheduled hours of operation. Annual passes are also available at Terrebonne Thriftway and Red Point Climbing in Terrebonne.
Permits are often required for special events. Please contact the Park Manager or Park Ranger to see if you will need a permit.
The parks Welcome Center will be closed in November and will reopen in December. December thru February operating hours will be Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 1:00pm