Grand Opening of the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center, Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Summit Trail

Posted by Mike Volk on 05/29/13

Smith rock State Park Welcome Center

Yurt & Summit Trail PDF

From the Smith Rock State Park office:
Spend State Parks Day on Saturday, June 1st at Smith Rock State Park and drop by the Welcome Center grand opening between 10 AM to 2 PM. Parking is free!

See live raptors presented by the Sunriver Nature Center and learn about the parks reptiles.

Visit the new 7,000-square-foot native plant garden behind the Welcome Center. More than 20 different plant varieties found in the area are on display.

The new Summit Trail at Smith Rock State Park officially opens and you’re invited to the grand opening hike June 1st. The 2.1-mile Summit Trail connects the Canyon, River, Wolf Tree and Burma Road trails to form an 8 mile loop around the entire park. The hike begins at the Welcome Center at 12 p.m. Wear sturdy hiking boots, bring plenty of water and plan on a four-hour trek.

The trail is open to hikers and mountain bikers and reaches an elevation of 3,500 feet at the summit. The route of the trail protects native plants and animals—especially nesting raptors— but still offers users a great opportunity to view this fragile ecosystem.

Most of the trail is in the boundaries of the park, but parts of it pass through lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, as well as land owned by Ranch at the Canyons and permanently protected by the Deschutes Land Trust. Please respect all the property of our partners.