About Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State park covers over 650 acres and sits close to 3000 feet in elevation.

The high desert of Smith Rock State Park is the indigenous lands of the descendants of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, these Paiute, Wasco and Chinook peoples were seasonal inhabitants and the original stewards of this land. The rock consists of welded tuff, or compressed volcanic ash and basalt rock. It is known at the birthplace of sport climbing. In the 1980’s rock climbers began establishing some of the hardest climbing routes of the time. In 1986 “To Bolt or Not to Be” was the first 5.14 in the United States. There are now over 2,000 rock climbing routes.


Located just 3 miles east of highway 97 in the town of Terrebonne. A brown Smith Rock State Park sign and a yellow traffic light, mark the turn east on to Smith Rock Way. After turning east there are small signs for every turn.

  • A $5 day use parking permit or a current state park camp
    receipt available from the self service pay stations.
  • An Oregon State Parks Annual pass is $30, two-year pass
    is $50, and both are available at the Welcome Center and online.
  • Day-use visitor hours are from dawn to dusk.
  • Dogs are allowed, on a leash at all times.
  • Bring water bottles. There is water in back of the visitors
    center and at the bridge to fill water bottles.
  • The park is open year-round.
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Camping near Smith Rock State Park

  • Bivouac Campground This is the campground at Smith Rock State Park. It is a Bivouac area; meaning that you walk in to where tents are allowed. No camping in vehicles is allowed. No campfires allowed. Community cooking in central area near parking, bathrooms and sink area. Space is available on a first-come first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted. The Bivy is generally is full spring and fall Friday through Sunday. Fees are $8 per person per night. It includes the parking permit for the next day and use of the showers. The fee station takes credit cards and exact cash only.
  • Skull Hollow Campground, also called the Grasslands, is 8 miles northeast of Smith Rock. It is a primitive campground, meaning no water, pack out your trash and 2 pit toilets. You can camp in your vehicle and you canhave campfires ( You will need to bring your own firewood) It is generally open mid April through mid November. The sites are $10 per individual site and $20 for double size sites.

Driving times

Bend – 30 to 45 minutes
– 50 minutes
Sunriver – 50 minutes
Redmond – 15 to 20 minutes
Terrebonne – 5 minutes
Seattle – 6 hours
Portland – 3 hours
Eugene – 2 3/4 hours
WildlifeSunsetsOregon State Parks Rules and Regulations


Smith Rock is home for many animals. Bald eagles and Golden eagles nest every year at Smith Rock State Park. There are some seasonal closures to certain climbing walls to be aware of due to nesting. In the Crooked River keep your eyes out for river otters, blue herons, ducks, deer and geese. Lizards and snakes are also common in the park. Rattlesnakes are common during the warmer months but they are just as afraid of us and we are of them. If you see one, give it plenty of space.

Always practice leave no trace principals and please make sure you carry out all that you carry in.

Dogs and Pets

All dogs and pets are to be on a leash at all times and poop bags are required and are located at the trailheads.

Oregon State Parks Rules and Regulations

Complete lists of day use rules and regulations are located at the parking areas and trailheads.

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