Want to Approach the Llamas on New Year’s Day?

The Central Oregon Llama Association (COLA) graces the park with an annual New Year’s Day hike when conditions are favorable. Not just the weather, but the people factor too.

New Year's Day Llama Hike on trail at Smith Rock State Park
photo courtesy of Abbott Schindler
New Year's Day Llama hike at Smith Rock State Park close-up
photo courtesy of Abbott Schindler

With the growth of tourism to the park, COLA has been reluctant to bring their buddies here, as they often get approached on the trail because they’re just SOOO cute.

They’ve given us some helpful guidelines below to give everybody a good experience.

Know these 3 things before you do:
  1. Llamas are very leery of dogs they do not know, or that are allowed to bark at them.

Bring On the New Year–the Smith Rock First Day Hike

Ready to start walking off those holiday calories and want a little motivation from a group setting? Or maybe the snowy conditions have you a bit skittish if you’re new to the park?

Take the Smith Rock First Day Hike from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Meet at the Welcome Center yurt and take a moderate, 3-mile hike on the Wolf Tree Trail and see the golden eagle nests high in the cliffs. Wear layered warm clothing and hiking shoes.

The first ¼ mile and last ¼ mile are on a fairly steep gravel trail and the entire trail may be slippery if icy. Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash.

Welcome Center Winter Hours

The Welcome Center is always on a flexible schedule, based on staffing. While it’s been closed recently, it’s scheduled to reopen on Saturday, December 5.

Winter hours until further notice will be Saturdays and Sundays only, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

While daily parking passes are available from the automated fee machines throughout the park, annual passes can be purchased at the Terrebonne Thriftway, just off Highway 97.

You can also go online to the Oregon Parks Store and purchase and print a temporary pass until your permanent pass arrives in the mail.