Parking Relief is Coming

Back in October Deschutes County took away 97 overflow parking spots on the west side of Crooked River Drive. They cited both safety concerns and road damage from cars straddling the edge of the road and the shoulder.

The spots have been sorely missed, with parking filling up sometimes as early as 10:00 AM, with some having to hike up to 2 miles to get INTO the park.

We told you back then that a group of engineers, park management, and designers were working on a temporary solution to be in place summer. Well, it’s going to be more like August.

Patagonia Worn Wear Repair Team Returns to Smith Rock

Patagonia Worn Wear Fix It SignPatagonia believes that “Repair is a Radical Act.”

It flies in the face of our throw-away culture.

Fashion and technology advancements have displaced longevity as a value.

Their Worn Wear program aims to change that view.

As the Worn Wear mobile repair team tours the country repairing Patagonia gear for free, they collect fascinating stories behind those beloved garments as they go.

They’ll be here at Smith Rock State Park Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day.

Patagonia Worn Wear Tour Truck Uncle Rico at Smith Rock State Park

You can’t miss them–they’ll be hanging out just past the Welcome Center yurt.

Mom’s Weekend Run Fun at Smith Rock

Thanks much to guest blogger Renee Seker of for filling us in on all the running events they have organized here at Smith Rock for May 7 and 8.

From ultrarunners to kids just getting into running, there’s something for everyone, whether you prefer dirt or pavement. AND the proceeds go to help two great causes. Read on.

A Weekend of Running
by Renee Seker
Trail runners along the Crooked River photo
courtesy of Paul Nelson Film and Photography

For the Love of Smith

You may have noticed that Smith Rock State Park is well-loved these days. In the past five years, day use visitation increased from 450,000 to about 700,000.

While spring and fall have always been favorite times for climbers, summer has typically been high season.

overflow cars to park at Smith Rock State ParkThese days expect the parking lots to fill up quickly on all weekends and vacation days.

Some are parking and then hiking TO the park for up to 2 miles.

Park manager Scott Brown has been on a media blitz lately to spread the word to spread the love.