Smith Rock State Park, Redmond

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Home to a 168 m (550 ft) tall volcanic rock formation featuring nearly 2,000 climbing routes, Smith Rock State Park is one of the world's capitals of rock climbing. Set on 259 ha (641 acres) of semi-forested, high-desert landscape, the park is also home to plateaus and the winding Crooked River. Hike along its network of trails through the canyons. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of local wildlife, such as golden eagles and otters. If you're a climber, indulge in this world-class opportunity to clamber up the sheer cliff face. From a higher vantage point, you'll be rewarded with views of Deschutes County and the distant Cascade Mountains. Put Smith Rock State Park into our Redmond road trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Redmond.
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  • We planned ahead and had adequate apparel and water for a visit to Smith Rock. It was the day after Thanksgiving and parking was ay a premium because it was a 'free' day and no admission charge. We go...  more »
  • There are a variety of ways to enjoy Smith Rock. There are trails down to the river (even the "easy" trail is fairly steep). Cross the river and follow several options. The "problem" (and it's not rea...  more »
  • If you like to hike or climb rocks, this is the place to go if you are in this area! They have all levels for abilities. The scenery is stunning.  more »
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  • An absolute gem! Whether you're a rock climber, bird watcher, photographer, nature lover... whatever, this park will blow you away! It's only 600+ acres but it is filled with gorgeous views and opportunities to climb and hike, etc. It is home to nesting bald and golden eagles, otters, etc. and has the only 5.14c rated climb in the US. Camping is walk-in bivouac, or tent only. The camp hosts are wonderful people who couldn't be more helpful. Best to come early on the weekend to secure a spot as once the parking lot is filled there are no more spots available. There are bathrooms and showers available and a very cordial atmosphere as the climbing community are a welcome bunch.
  • Such an incredible natural wonder. No trip to Central Oregon would be complete without it. Keep in mind that, while trails are beautiful, there are really no safety features. It's a great place to observe rock climbers. I would hesitate to bring young children here or children who tend to wander or run. There are limited restroom facilities. There's a minimal cost for access in the parking area. Parking is available, but at high traffic times, it can be very full. Morning and evening are spectacular.
  • Really awesome State Park. Has actives for all types; Hikers, horseback, rock climbers, and camping. Has a great day hike that loops around the state park. Misery Ridge is a great moderately challenging hike that has great views of the cascade range. Has a nice creek in the center to cool off in on a hot day.
  • Great place to hike! All trails are marked with easy to read signs. Beautiful views of natural landscapes and Monkey rock. Take plenty of water as there is no water other than the entrance of the trails. Take your time to soak it all in. Will definitely go back.
  • Well organized, accessible, with trails for multiple skill levels. The nice thing is how many hiking, climbing, and river activities are all concentrated in an area. I hiked up and around the rock for a quick day hike while coming through town, would recommend!

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