Meet Your New Ranger

Josie Barnum is in the second week of her duties as a new ranger here at Smith Rock State Park and loving it.

Part of the rotations happening around the State Park system, she is filling in for Matt Davey, on another assignment until the end of June 2017. Born in Bend, raised in Tumalo, she comes to Smith with both experience and a love for the area. Eleven years as a ranger to Tumalo State Park, her duties covered not only Tumalo, but extended to Pilot Butte and Cline Falls state parks as well.

It’s Not My Fault–I Swear!

Yep, it’s true. Citations are up in the park, as rangers start to enforce the existing State of Oregon rules for both animals off leash and parking.

Pets have to be on a leash no longer than six feet at all times and attended when tied to any trees, fences, rocks or any other object. (And just a reminder, their owners are required to clean up after them.)

Between several confirmed dog bites and other issues, tolerance of roaming dogs has become frayed. You’ll need to come up with a REALLY GOOD reason why your special pal was found leashless and roaming around freely, even for “just a few seconds.”

Nice Day for a Ride

horse tracks in mud and ice on Canyon Trail at Smith Rock State ParkWhile the East Coast gets unburied from the dumps of snow from Jonas, Smith Rock is going into Thawmageddon. With temps in the low 40s and headed for the mid-50s next week, even the horses are getting spring fever, at least temporarily.

Kristen Grace on SC Zephyr on a horseback ride on Canyon Trail at Smith Rock State Park
Kristen Grace on her Endurance Ride champion, SC Zephyr, hit the Canyon Trail today with her friends Ty and Bob close behind. Winding around the Crooked River, they had the trail almost to themselves for their horseback ride.

Everyone else was on the other side climbing the warm walls of the Dihedrals, or jogging and hiking along the River Trail.


Below freezing highs for the past few days made things a bit slick around here for the two-legged. The dusting of snow we got today brought that picture to life–skid marks were evident where sloppy footwork gave some a free ride down the concrete.

Trails could be dicey too, especially where melt-outs were now mini skating rinks. Parts of the river became wildlife crossings, at least for the light-footed.

But this is by no means record-breaking. Does anyone have pictures from 8-9 years ago when it froze enough for people to make river crossings on the ice? Please share!