Want to Be in the Park When It’s Dark?

Think again. While the park has been pretty loose on the day use rules in the past, those days are over. Even if you’re camping in the Bivy.

Smith Rock State Park management has asked us to spread the word. After dusk use of any day use area or facility at Smith Rock is prohibited.

Regulations as well as signage around the park state it’s open from dawn to dusk (30 minutes prior to sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset).

Some leniency has been given in the past for after dusk use if you had a camping pass and were parked in the bivouac camping area but this will no longer be the case.

Prez’s Weekend the New Spring Season Opening?

With temps in high 50s-low 60s, it looked a lot like spring this President’s Day weekend at Smith Rock. And it’s not just the weather.

parked cars on WilcoxParking lots overflowed, with arteries leading into the park also having a line of cars in every direction.

Climbing in the Dihedrals looked like the height of spring season.

The Bivy campground parking lot started to fill up too.parking at The Bivy at Smith Rock State Park

Hiking out away from Misery Ridge Trail though, and you could still hear many more birds than people.

Eagle Nesting Site Closures Update

Preemptive eagle nesting site closures for climbing and camping at Smith Rock State Park are in place as of February 7, 2015.

Once the eagles have chosen their nest areas, we will post detailed maps as to which routes remain closed. See below for routes currently closed.

Normally the closure is February 1-August 1 for golden eagles in the Monument Area. The West Side Crags birds of prey nesting areas usually reopen by the end of June.

This is the latest update to include:

  • detailed route closures for the Monument Area
  • extension to March of any closures in the West Side Crags