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Park Overview


THE PARK

GEOLOGY, LORE & MORE
PLUS DIRECTIONS AND FEES

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Park Overview


THE PARK

GEOLOGY, LORE & MORE
PLUS DIRECTIONS AND FEES

 

The majesty of Smith Rock State Park is unique, even for the high desert of Oregon.

The park covers over 650 acres and hovers around 3000 feet in elevation.The major rock faces are welded tuff, or compressed volcanic ash formed 30 million years ago. Find out about its geology, lore, wildlife, plants, how to get here and more below.


AT A GLANCE:

  • The park is open year-round, but summer heat can reach 100°. Stay safe.
     
  • The Bivy Campground is first-come, first-serve. Read more...
     
  • Day-use visitor hours are from dawn to dusk
     
  • Dogs are allowed, on a leash.
     
  • A $5 day use permit or a current state park camp receipt available from the self service pay stations is needed for each vehicle. 
     
  • A yearly permit is $30, two-year permits are $50, and both are available at the Welcome Center and online.

Welded tuff rock spires at Smith Rock State Park reflecting on the Crooked River

Welded tuff rock spires at Smith Rock State Park reflecting on the Crooked River

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Day Use Fees & Annual Permits


DAY USE FEES AND ANNUAL PERMITS

Day Use Fees & Annual Permits


DAY USE FEES AND ANNUAL PERMITS

Day use fees of $5 to park at Smith Rock State Park are required year-round. They are charged per vehicle, with three fee stations available.

Staying at the Bivy? Your camping receipt covers your car too for the days you are registered. Got a motorcycle? You still need to pay the $5, but you and a buddy can share a parking space for the price of one day pass. And, in case you're wondering, you carry your pass with you to avoid pass-snatchers.

RV Parking Lot Fee Station at Smith Rock State Park
RV Parking Lot Fee Station at Smith Rock State Park

RV/BUS Parking Lot Fee Station

The first of the fee stations approaching the sign to the park is at the RV/Bus parking lot. Go past the sign to the Bivouac area.Turn in where indicated just before the Smith Rock State Park entrance sign.


METHOD OF PAYMENT:
Credit cards and exact cash (no coins) only.


Main Fee Station at Smith Rock State Park
Main Fee Station at Smith Rock State Park

main fee station

The second, and main fee station is minutes after you enter the park, just past the yurt Welcome Center. There are temporary parking areas for you to buy your pass and then move to your spot. Be mindful of small children and pets darting around. People are also backing up frequently or walking back to their cars from the park entrance.


method of payment:
Credit cards and exact cash (no coins) only.


Turnaround Fee Station at Smith Rock State Park

Turnaround Fee Station at Smith Rock State Park

Northern point or "Turnaround Area" Fee Station

The third one is located at the park's Northern Point or "turnaround" area. Keep driving past all the vehicles to an area that reaches a cul-de-sac. There is a small outdoor amphitheater off to the left just past the fee station. Some additional toilets are just behind it, making it convenient to park your car here and head down into the park from the Homestead Trail.


METHOD OF PAYMENT:
CREDIT CARDS ONLY.


WANT TO SAVE MONEY ON MULTIPLE TRIPS?

Planning on coming 6-9 times a year? The annual pass at just $30 is your ticket.

10 days plus? Then snag the 24 month pass for an additional twenty, or $50 total. Both are available from the Welcome Center and the Terrebonne Thriftway. (no longer available at The Bivy campground)

Save some time and get your pass on-line at the Smith Rock State Park Store.