Rock climbers, hikers, and shutterbugs flock to Smith Rock State Park for the dramatic views.
Central Oregon's snaggletoothed beauty queen, Smith Rock State Park, graces the high desert northeast of Redmond with its golden good looks. Formed from hardened volcanic ash and basalt and dramatically carved by the Crooked River, the park's sheer cliffs haunt the dreams of hikers, shutterbugs, and rock climbers who test their mettle on vertiginous routes with names like Panic Attack and Phone Call from Satan. Fans of terra firma will also find plenty to love: views of the iconic, 350-foot Monkey Face spire; sightings of playful river otters and soaring bald eagles; and miles of riverside and ridgeline trails offering different angles on the park's extraordinary geology.
Check out Oregon's Scenic Cascades Drive for other outdoor beauties and places to eat in the Redmond area.
This article was first published in July 2016. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.