We’ve done our best to glean information on upcoming events here at Smith Rock State Park.

This includes postings on boards around the park, the Smith Rock State Park website, sports and tourism organizations, and annual events we know about.

Some recent events featured an area history exhibit complete with Native American and U.S. Cavalry artifacts, and artists painting the scenery in the annual Smith Rock Paint Out.

If you don’t see your event listed let us know and give us some details. We’ll be sure to tell everyone about it.


Monkey Face Half logoSaturday, 8/20:  Monkey Face Half Marathon & 4 Mile Run/Walk
Hosted by Pink Buffalo Racing.

The race takes its name from the park icon, Monkey Face. The runners make a pair of counter-clockwise loops for the half marathon.

Monkey Face Half trail run on River TrailThe half climbs more than 900 feet between the start and the mile 2 marker. The 4 Mile run/walk does the Misery Ridge Loop.

Start times:
8:00 AM – half marathon
9:00 AM – 4-mile run/walk

  • $50 for the half marathon, if registered by June 30, 2016
  • $60 between July 1 – August 19
  • $70 on race day

To reserve your spot in the 2016 Smith Rock Monkey Face Half Marathon or 5K race check out Pink Buffalo Racing’s website.

Friday, 8/26:  Dogs of Smith Rock Free Photo Day
10:00 AM-6:00 PM

dogs of Smith Rock
image by Gary Eldsmoe Photography

To Celebrate National Dog Day,  Gary Eidsmoe Photography will be spending the day at Smith Rock photographing your 4 legged friends while you’re out on a day of adventure. This won’t cost you a dime.

He will post all photos on Facebook for you to tag yourself and your pup. While he is speaking about the dogs, if there are any adventure cats out there, they are welcome too of course!

This event is still in the planning stages, and there will be some exciting news coming soon, but for now, mark your calendars and get ready for a nice hike and some fun photos with your best friend.


Oregon State Parks color logoSunday, 9/4:  7:00 PM
“The Crooked River Caldera”

Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center

Carrie Gordon, U.S. Forest Service Geologist, will present a Powerpoint program about the Crooked River Caldera. Smith Rock is a remnant of this massive geological formation.



Saturday, 10/1:  Noon-3:00 PM
“The Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory”
Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center

Patrick O.Grady, PhD. and staff archaeologist for the U. of O. Museum of Natural and Cultural History will lead an informal discussion and present a large display of replica tools and technologies of Oregon Native Peoples.

Friday, 10/7:  7:00-8:30 PM
“Seeing Beneath the Soil: Remote Sensing Techniques in Archaeology”
Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center

Rory Becker, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Eastern Oregon University will present various non-invasive modern technologies which are being brought to bear on ancient archaeology.

Friday, 10/14:  7:00-8:30 PM
“A Place of Power: The Old Watson Rock Art Site of Malheur County”
Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center

Jenny Huang, Archaeologist at the Bureau of Reclamation will cover technological advancements in field recordings of a major eastern Oregon rock art site.

Friday, 10/21:  7:00-8:30 PM
“Tribal Rock Art of the Oregon Country”
Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center

Eric Iseman, Smith Rock State Park Ranger of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will discuss the history and evolution of photographic techniques in the study and recording of native rock art.

Friday, 10/28:  7:00-8:30 PM
“A New Look at the Peopling of the Americas”
Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center

Paul M. Patton, Resource Specialist for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will  review and discuss recent evidence, studies and theories relating to the First Americans.


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