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A canyon setting in Smith Rock State Park
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A canyon setting in Smith Rock State Park
Description - Smith Rock State Park provides a sanctuary of majestic rock spires overlooking the scenic Crooked River Canyon. Smith Rock State Park, with its hundreds of climbing routes, is an international destination for rock climbers.

Attractions - There are several thousand climbing routes in Smith Rock State Park. More than a thousand are bolted routes. The park also offers miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Along your trip through the canyon, you might see golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otter and beaver. Due to the uniqueness and fragile aspect of the park, park rangers enforce the animal leash law and strongly encourage all park users to stay on trails.

Vital stats: A small day-use fee or an annual parks pass is required for day-use of the park. A walk-in bivouac area serves visitors who want to camp overnight. No RV's and no campfires are permitted in the camping area.

Recreation - Smith Rock State Park is an international rock climbing destination. In addition, the park offers offers visitors camping, picnicking, fishing , hiking, and wildlife watching.

Climate - Climate in central and eastern Oregon varies greatly depending on elevation. The high elevations receive much more precipitation and colder temperatures. These regions are much more arid and see greater temperature extremes than western Oregon. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April, mostly in the form of snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures can drop well below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Snow remains in the high mountains into early summer. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days, with warm to hot temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures at the higher elevations. Summer afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon.

Location - Smith Rock State Park is located in Central Oregon, off U.S. Highway 97, 9 miles northeast of Redmond.


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Contact Information:
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, 1115 Commercial Street NE , Salem, OR, 97301-1002, Phone: 541-548-7501

Additional Information:
Central Oregon - Located on the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range, several rivers, forests and mountain slopes create a recreational playground in Central Oregon. Its high desert landscape offers almost constant views of snowcapped Cascade peaks.
Oregon State Parks - Oregon's State Parks offer beautiful settings for outdoor recreation activities including camping, yurt or cabin stays, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing boating, wildlife viewing and much more.

Links:
Smith Rock State Park - Official agency website.

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