One minute and 23 seconds. That’s how long Smith Rock solar eclipse viewers will bask in almost total darkness as the moon gets in between us and the sun.
Lying in the “Totality Path” of the first solar eclipse to touch the U.S. in 26 years, the park is perfectly positioned to enjoy a spectacular event on Monday, August 21, 2017— barely 145 days away. The partial starts around 9:06 AM and totality starts around 10:19 AM.
The total event goes from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM in a 60-mile swath across Oregon, on to Idaho, then across the country toward South Carolina.Read more...(313 words, 3 images, estimated 1:15 mins reading time)
Guest blogger Jack Wills has a special connection to wildlife, and they to him. A self-described “semi-professional” photographer, Jack has decided to focus on them specifically for the last 15 years. The result is an amazing portfolio with images that make you feel a part of his “Animal Kingdom” experience.
We were fortunate to run into him hanging out with his bald eagle family here at Smith Rock the other day. In addition to sharing some of his images from the day, he shared his story of what makes the park so special to him as a wildlife photographer.Read more...(1199 words, 5 images, estimated 4:48 mins reading time)
Each year at this time the River Trail joins the river. That is, a part of it goes under water depending on the amount of snow melt and rainwater that hits the Crooked River.
The park has posted signs where you might encounter some flooding near the southern junction of the Mesa Verde and River Trails. It fluctuates a lot at this time of year, so if you’re bored or want to go boating, you can watch the readings from the bridge gauge. Here you go.
Otherwise, click on the image below for a pdf of the affected area and be prepared for some soggy sneakers! Read more...(112 words, 1 image, estimated 27 secs reading time)
Online resource for adventurers to Smith Rock State Park. Detailed information for rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, slacklining and horseback riding.