Category Archives: Education

Prime Viewing of the Solar Eclipse at Smith Rock

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.

solar eclipse across america and smith rock state parkThe total event goes from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM in a 60-mile swath across Oregon, on tosolareclipsesmithrockstatepark Idaho, then across the country toward South Carolina.

Balds and Goldens are Back

It’s nesting time again at Smith Rock State Park for both pairs of golden and bald eagles. While hiking trails remain open, some campsites and climbing route closures will go into effect from February 17 to August 1 to give them a little privacy.

Canyon Trail and Campground (Bivy) areas:

  • The bald eagle nest is located near posted signs along the Canyon Trail. Park managers are asking for those using the trail to please:

    *KEEP NOISE TO A MINIMUM

    *DO NOT LOITER & STAY ON TRAIL

    *TRAVEL IN GROUPS OF 4 OR LESS

The Dawn of a Smith Rock Master Plan

Didn’t get a chance to hear what was said at the first in a series of public meetings on the new Smith Rock State Park Master Plan?

Well here’s a link to the cliff notes from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. 

SmithRockMasterPlanAssessmentsNOTE-the links are Word documents for the Redmond meetings.
If you prefer pdfs, here you go:

Redmond Advisory Committee Meeting Summary
Redmond Public Meeting Summary
Portland Public Meeting Summary

Not sure what the Master Plan is? Essentially it is the culmination of park assessments, surveys, and public comment sessions to determine how to best manage the park and its resources going forward. 

The Smith Rock Master Plan Gets Local Input

January 28, 2017 Update:
The slideshow from the first meeting is now available for download.  Additionally, an interactive map for the public to create virtual “post-its” is available on the survey page. Remember to take the survey below the map if you haven’t done so yet by February 24, 2017!

Yesterday locals gathered in two lively sessions at the Expo Center in Redmond to give Smith Rock Master Plan input to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.