Smith Rock State Park encompasses 651
acres on the Oregon high desert plateau,
which hovers around 3000 feet in elevation.
The park and campground are open year-round.
A $5 day use permit or a current state park
camp receipt is needed for each vehicle. A
yearly permit is available for $30. Day Use
permits or available from the self service pay
Dogs are permitted on a leash.
Hiking trails offer spectacular views of the
surrounding area. You can spend 30 minutes
walking along the river or a full day making a
loop on trail systems that extend outside of
the park to Deschutes Land Trust, USFS and
The major rock faces are composed of welded
tuff (compressed volcanic ash) reaching a
height of up to 550 feet. The picnic and
campground areas sit on top of the rimrock,
which is made up of columnar basalt.
There are over 1800 climbing routes in and
around the park ranging from some of
the best sport climbs in the world to... “Why
would anyone want to climb that pile of choss”.
Outdoor enthusiasts climb, hike, mountain bike, trail run and horseback ride year-round, but summer temperatures can reach 100+ degrees (f), and in the dead of winter the thermometer stays close to the freezing mark (32f) during the day. Spring and fall are the best months for outdoor activities.