We've done our best to glean information on upcoming events here at Smith Rock State Park.

This includes postings on boards around the park, the Smith Rock State Park website, sports and tourism organizations, and annual events we know about.

Some recent events featured an area history exhibit complete with Native American and U.S. Cavalry artifacts, and artists painting the scenery in the annual Smith Rock Paint Out.

If you don't see your event listed let us know and give us some details. We'll be sure to tell everyone about it.

Patagonia Worn Wear Tour event

Patagonia Worn Wear Tour event


MAY 2017

SATURDAY, 5/20/17 AND 5/27/17
THE RAP ON RAPTORS 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Join Interpretive Naturalist David Vick to observe Smith Rock's nesting bald eagles through our powerful spotting scope. Get all of your eagle questions answered and learn about all the other species of raptors that make the Park home.

Go to the River Trail and meet just below Phoenix Buttress, a solid reddish-purple mass on the Smith Rock Group about a 15 minute walk downstream from the footbridge. (Make a left after crossing the bridge)

Smith Rock State Park Interpretative Naturalist David Vick

Smith Rock State Park Interpretative Naturalist David Vick


Smith Rock State Park Interpretative Ranger Eric Iseman and replica artifacts

Smith Rock State Park Interpretative Ranger Eric Iseman and replica artifacts

SATURDAY,  5/27/17
OREGON HISTORY presentation
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
"The 1863 Indian war skirmish at smith rock" 

Park Interpretative Rangers reveal how the park was named, when Private Volk Smith died during a battle of the Snake Indian War of the 1860s. A large array of replica cavalry and native items will be on display.

Meet outside the Yurt Welcome Center


SunDAY, 5/21/17 AND 5/28/17
geology rocks 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Join Interpretive Naturalist David Vick and explore the dramatic geological events that created Smith Rock. Get all of your geology questions answered and learn about the Crooked River Caldera and Oregon’s spectacular landscapes.

Go into the park via the Chute Trail or Canyon Trail. Go to the bottom of the Service Road near the footbridge, about a 10-minute walk from the Welcome Center.

Smith Rock State Park Interpretative Naturalist David Vick leads geology talk

Smith Rock State Park Interpretative Naturalist David Vick leads geology talk


JUNE 2017

Smith Rock State Park Interpretative Naturalist David Vick

Smith Rock State Park Interpretative Naturalist David Vick

SATURDAY, 6/3/17 AND 6/10/17
THE RAP ON RAPTORS 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Join Interpretive Naturalist David Vick to observe Smith Rock's nesting bald eagles through our powerful spotting scope. Get all of your eagle questions answered and learn about all the other species of raptors that make the Park home.

Go to the River Trail and meet just below Phoenix Buttress, a solid reddish-purple mass on the Smith Rock Group about a 15 minute walk downstream from the footbridge. (Make a left after crossing the bridge)


SunDAY, 6/4/17,  6/11/17,  6/18/17,  6/25/17
geology rocks 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Join Interpretive Naturalist David Vick and explore the dramatic geological events that created Smith Rock. Get all of your geology questions answered and learn about the Crooked River Caldera and Oregon’s spectacular landscapes.

Go into the park via the Chute Trail or Canyon Trail. Go to the bottom of the Service Road near the footbridge, about a 10-minute walk from the Welcome Center.

Smith Rock State Park Interpretative Naturalist David Vick giving geology talk

Smith Rock State Park Interpretative Naturalist David Vick giving geology talk


Plein Air painter at Smith Rock State Park

Plein Air painter at Smith Rock State Park

SATURDAY, 6/10/17
SMITH ROCK PAINT OUT 8:00 AM-2:30 PM

Join the Plein Air Painters of Oregon for amazing postcard views, outdoor activities, wildlife viewing and fine artistry during the "Paint Out" here at the park.

This free community event will feature:

  • Artist's Paint Out competitions
  • Artist demonstrations
  • Kid's activities
  • Ranger presentation
  • Watching artists at work 


The event will be located in the main day use area lawn close to the Welcome Center yurt. While the event is free, parking is $5, at any of the day use fee parking areas.


JUly 2017

Smith Rock State Park Interpretative Naturalist David Vick giving a geology talk

Smith Rock State Park Interpretative Naturalist David Vick giving a geology talk

SunDAY, 7/2/17
geology rocks 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Join Interpretive Naturalist David Vick and explore the dramatic geological events that created Smith Rock. Get all of your geology questions answered and learn about the Crooked River Caldera and Oregon’s spectacular landscapes.

Go into the park via the Chute Trail or Canyon Trail. Go to the bottom of the Service Road near the footbridge, about a 10-minute walk from the Welcome Center.