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Smith Rock State Park

Highway 97, 9 mi. north, Redmond, OR
+1 800-551-6949
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US$ 685.00*
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3-Day Tour from Portland to Crater Lake
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Highway 97, 9 mi. north, Redmond, OR
+1 800-551-6949
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I am in reasonable shape for a guy of 65, but I did a little gut check as we began the climb at the sign with an arrow that said "most difficult". There are some flat trails along the river for the less stout hearted,...More

Thank DickfromSeattle
Reviewed 3 days ago

This outcropping of rock is dramatic to say the least. Trails are well groomed and some are VERY difficult. Take plenty of water as once you leave the parking area, there are no sources to refill. This place attacks rock climbers and hikers. Lots of...More

Thank Gail050
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had a full day of meetings but the park opens at dawn. Dawn is easy for people from other time zones. And it was a beautiful experience watching the rocks appear. There is a little trail that goes from the parking lot to a...More

Thank CSSnowshoer
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very scenic park, but it gets very hot and the trails are almost entirely in the sun. It was 88 degrees and blazing sun in late May and we hiked only a little of the Rim trail due to the heat.

Thank Sharon Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We clambored, me belaboring, up misery ridge, then around Burma road. This hike is just the right mix of outdoor wild and encountering other people.Be ware though, this park is really busy. To find wild, quiter spaces, you have to get up early or stay...More

Thank Bethany M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Smith Rock gets better the closer you get to it, and once there, there is easy access to views more beautiful than one expects. You can walk to a viewpoint, stroll along the rim, walk down to the river, or put on your hiking boots...More

Thank Joyfu1lTravels
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rock climbers and hang-gliders come from around the world to climb Smith Rocks steep walls and dive from its peak. The beautiful red rock, green trees and the river running through make it a site to behold. The high desert town of Redmond, OR, a...More

Thank lewengland2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whilst our Littleone is too small for the larger hikes she loves the scenery and the river. Great place for a gentle river stroll (short hike down and back), or a nice family picnic.

Thank Alex B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I drove here from Redmond on Friday 5/19/17. Google maps is my friend. Easy drive. We ended up buying the annual Oregon State Parks daily use pass for $30 at the welcome center. The daily parking fee is $5 and there's a...More

Thank Ronaldo F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are seniors who grew up in Oregon but had never visited Smith Rock State Park. What a great place for those who rock climb or want a challenging hike.

Thank kdw38
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Dana H
We are considering a visit in March, will there still be snow for snowshoeing or will it be hiking weather?
30 January 2017|
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Response from Tom G | Reviewed this property |
Record cold and snow fall this winter! My bet is there will be some snow.
Hi. We have 1-2 hours to stop at the park and would like to get the best bang for our buck (time). Will be coming from Portland and then heading to Sisters. Where should we enter the park and where can we get the best views, either without hiking (rim views) or taking one short easy hike. (We are seniors.) Thanks!
13 December 2016|
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Response from Fallcolorfool | Reviewed this property |
There is only one entrance/exit to this state park from Hwy 97. I would recommend to you to stop at the first parking lot in the park. From there leads a easy flat trail that takes you around the southern edge of the steep... More
How much can we see since I have a bum leg and cannot hike? It is so beautiful in the pics and I can walk some but cannot manage hiking. I would love to see some of it from a turnout , viewpoint , vista or the like.
14 May 2016|
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Response from Cameron M | Reviewed this property |
You can see quite a bit from the parking areas. If you simply cannot get out of the car you can still get a decent panorama of the cliffs. Better, if you can park and walk to the rim at the various parking areas you'll get... More