Get Ready to Climb at Smith Rock
Climbing with an American Mountain Guides Association accredited climbing guide service ensures that your guide is AMGA certified and will uphold the highest professional standard for a safer and better experience. Our friendly and talented guides will guarantee that you have a great day of climbing at Smith Rock and receive the rock climbing instruction you need to improve your skills.
Chockstone guide services maintain a 5:1 client to guide ratio. All are welcome, regardless of age, ability, skill level, or experience level. Rates are per person for a half day or full day. Half days are 4 hours long. Full day trips have no time constraints; but generally go from 6-8 hours. Number of people in group / price each:
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 onto Smith Rock Way. After turning east, the route is easy to follow: there are small signs for every turn to lead you to the Smith rock climbing area.
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
The Redpoint Climbers Supply is our local climbing shop in Terrebonne. Coffee, Beer and Gear!
Other nearby options: Mountain Supply and REI are located in Bend.
There's no shortage of local food spots to discover after your trip. There are three restaurants in Terrebonne; Terrebonne Depot, Pump House Grill, and Basecamp Pizza. We recommend the climber owned Depot. There are also many great restaurants and breweries to choose from in Redmond, only 15 minutes away.
The Redpoint Climbers Supply is not only a great gear shop but is the best place for coffee, local beer, cider selection on tap, and community connection.
For groceries, there is a full supermarket and deli in Terrebonne – Oliver Lemon.
Smith Rock State Park has a campground called The Bivy. Space is available on a first-come first-served basis. There is a central cooking area and a walk-in tent set up area. There's also running water and a charging station. Reservations are not accepted. Fees are $8.00 per person per night, and include the parking permit for the next day and use of the showers. No RV's over 20ft. are allowed and no overnight sleeping in vehicles, trailers or campers is allowed.
The next closest camping is Skull Hollow
Grasslands National Monument Skull Hollow Campground, a 10 minute drive east of Smith Rock. This campground has individual campsites, unlike the bivouac area. $8.00 per site. No running water or RV hook-ups, but campfires are allowed and camping in vehicle is permitted.
Smith Rock Casita – a vacation bungalow for two across the street from Smith Rock State Park.
Smith Rock Nest – 3 bedroom vacation home across the street from Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock View – three separate rentals on this a walking distance to Smith Rock State Park 9 acre property
There are more vacation rentals in the area within driving-distance.
There are no hotels in Terrebonne. Redmond has several 2.5 and 3 star hotels. SCP Hotel Redmond is a nicely renovated downtown historic hotel with a rooftop bar 15 min drive to Smith Rock.
Bend and Sisters 30 to 45 minute drive to Smith Rock both have a full range of hotels, depending on the experience you are looking for.
Our local guide's familiarity with Smith Rock State Park means that they choose climbs appropriate to the forecast, picking the best routes for the weather.
Terrebonne Weather Forecast
Join us for special events! Special events by Chockstone are fun for experienced climbers of all levels. They require registration so we know how many people to plan for.
Full Moon Climbing Days
Our full moon climbing days start at 4:00 and go to 8:00, followed by a low-key celebration with drinks and treats. Going out climbing in recognition of the full moon is a way to be grounded and connected. This climbing adventure is for experienced local climbers who have done sport climbing, climbed indoors, or climbed outdoors. Beginners with lower experience levels should sign up for an Intro to Climbing course first before being able to participate.
Strawberry Moon: June 14th
Buck Moon: July 13th
Sturgeon Moon August: 11th
Time: 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Your Climbing Day at Smith Rock
If you still have questions about your climbing day at Smith Rock or any of our climbing programs please do not hesitate to contact us
You will meet your Chockstone guide at Smith Rock State Park. Smith Rock State Park is a small enough park to coordinate with your guide your exact meet up spot. It is also big enough that one meet up spot does not fit all. Your guide will check in with you before hand so you understand your exact meeting location.
Your guide will contact you by cell phone the evening prior to your climbing date to go over details; confirm meet up location and time, review your climbing goals, get gear needs or any information specific to your trip. Smith Rock State Park
A $5.00 parking pass is required and can be bought at one of the self pay kiosks. The kiosk accepts cash and credit cards. An annual Oregon State Park pass works as well.
- Bring water (2 liters minimum each person for hot summer days). Water bottles can be filled at the parking area of Smith Rock State Park.
- A hearty sack lunch and packable snacks.
sunscreen, sunglasses and perhaps a sun hat.
- A backpack; large enough to include, water, lunch, snacks, as well as personal climbing gear (shoes, harness, helmet). If you do not have a suitable backpack, we can provide one. Let your guide know ahead of time.
- Extra clothing in case of colder weather.
- Dress for the season and forecasted weather. Wear clothing appropriate for being active outdoors.
- Shorts, tights, loose fitting pants, or sweatpants are appropriate.
It’s always good to have an extra long sleeve layer even in the summer, the shade in the mornings can be cool.
- Outdoor footwear comfortable for hiking and scrambling such as hiking shoes or tennis shoes. Open toed shoes, sandals and flip flops are not recommended!
3 Question’s when choosing a guide service?
How long has your company been in business?
What is your safety record?
Is this an American Mountain Guide Association – AMGA accredited guide service?
Chockstone Climbing Guides is one of the two accredited services at Smith Rock State Park
We have a flawless safety record with over 20 years in business and offer excellent quality, up-to-date equipment for our clients.
We offer competitive rates when compared to other accredited guide services.
We have a “no charge for bad weather” policy.
We have adopted Smith Rock State Park, in Oregon’s Adopt a Park Program for 9 years. This commitment has meant we actively work in tandem with park rangers to care for the state park
Many clients ask us if it is appropriate to tip their guide. Tipping is customary. As you will see your guide will be working very hard to meet your goals and take great care to assure you a fun, memorable climbing experience. If you feel they did a good job, please feel free to tip your guide what feels appropriate to your experience.
A valid credit card is required to hold your reservation for a private guided day trip; no charge is made at this time. Full payment is due upon the day of your trip. If you sign up for a trip that starts within 3 days, full payment is due at that time. We accept checks, money orders, and Visa / MasterCard / American Express / Discover.
Is a deposit required? Our private guided trips do not require a deposit. Our camps, courses, and groups over 10 require a 50% payment to hold a reservation.
If you cancel for any reason, prior to 3 days before your trip at Smith Rocks, we will happily reschedule for another date or consider cancellation without penalty. If cancellation is made within 3 days a 50% of the total will be charged. Groups, camps, courses will forfeit their total deposit for cancellation within 1 wk of the start date.
Cancellation for any significant medical or other emergency circumstances at any time may be considered for a full or partial refund. Please contact us to discuss options.
Cancellation/reschedule due to rain or snow on day of trip is without penalty. However, once a trip begins, if the activities are cut short due to weather, there is no refund available. If weather is questionable you can plan to have a phone conversation as late as the day of, in the morning to make the final decision with your guide.
If you have had a recent injury, illness, or surgery, or if you have a medical condition such as asthma or allergies to food or medications, you should consult with us as well as your physician before signing up for any trip.
We make every effort to provide you with a safe and successful climb. Climbing involves some inherent risks that are beyond our control. You will assume the responsibility for many decisions affecting the safety of your trip. We do not assume liability for injuries or death. All participants are completely responsible for all medical and hospital costs associated with any injury, rescue or evacuation. You must sign a release form and go at your own risk. We recommend for everyone to consider purchasing travel insurance for all vacation travel.
All participants are required to complete and sign a Program Registration Form and an Acknowledgment of Risk and Release of Liability Form before we begin each trip. These can be requested by email prior or they can be filled out on arrival on the day of your trip.