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Green Friday Means Free Parking

Chloe Smith on Misery Ridge at Smith Rock State ParkWork off that turkey the day after Thanksgiving with a hike on Smith Rock’s trails instead of the mall.

And do it for free thanks to Green Friday.

For the second successive year, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will waive day-use parking fees at the 26 state parks the charge them on November 25.

The fee stations will be covered up, so if you really want to pay, send them a donation.

We applaud the trend started by REI with their “Opt Outside” campaign to reverse the burst of consumerism that traditionally marks the start of our holiday season. 

Special Addition Kicks Off 14th Annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration

Now in its 14th year here at Smith Rock State Park, the annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) Friday evening lecture series adds a special Saturday event starting this weekend, October 1.

Oct. 1 [Saturday], noon-3 p.m.: Welcome Center 
Patrick O’Grady, Ph.D., and staff archaeologist for the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History will display and discuss “The Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory.”

With over thirty 1’x2′ display boards of photos, text and drawings explaining the technologies represented on each board, the museum also includes loose artifacts like those shown below.Oregon Archaeology Celebration Traveling Museum relics at Smith Rock State Park


Smith Rock Provides Inspiration For These Plein Air Painters

On Friday, June 30, you may have seen some “plein air” painters set up at the Overlook at Smith Rock State Park. That’s the French phrase for “open air” painting enjoyed by many in the outdoors.

Plein Air Painters at Smith Rock Local Bend Artist, Cindy Briggs and her “Make Every Day A Painting” International Workshop partner, Theresa Goesling brought the group to Smith Rock, as part of a 3 part workshop from Bend to Sunriver Resort.

Plein Air Painters getting instruction at Smith Rock State ParkCindy and Theresa love bringing their students to the park.

“We enjoyed our Plein Air Watercolor Sketchbook Workshop at Smith Rock. As always it was spectacular. The pavilion offers shade and an amazing perspective of the stone cathedrals.”

Living History Presenters at Smith Rock Memorial Weekend

Why is there a Beaver on the Oregon State Flag? For that answer and more about the early days the Smith Rock area, come find out Memorial Weekend.

The event runs both Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  

living history presenter trapper Memorial Day Weekend Smith Rock State ParkLiving history presenters from the High Desert Museum and Ft. Vancouver will be set up near the Welcome Center.

They’ll have displays and discussions about the 1820-1830’s Fur Trade Era which brought Euro-Americans like Peter Ogden through Smith Rock.

The event is free, however, you will need to purchase a day use parking pass or display your annual.