We’ve done our best to glean information for upcoming events here at the park.
This includes postings on boards around Smith Rock State Park and their website, sports and tourism organizations, and annual events we know about.
Some recent events included a visit from Aguila the golden eagle, 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 include it.
Annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration
This year’s Smith Rock State Park annual event highlights the United States expansion and settlement of the West.
Meet at the Welcome Center at 7:00 PM on Fridays throughout October. Each 1.5 hour presentation includes a question and answer period. They are open to the public and free of charge with a $5 day-use or annual pass required for parking.
Oct. 3: “Oregon’s Fur Trade Era.”
Dr. David Brauner of Oregon State University will describe the early global competition over the abundant natural and physical resources in the Oregon Territory.
Oct. 10: “Finding Fremont in Oregon, 1843.”
Loren Irving, past Chairman of the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council, will detail the “Great Pathfinder” John C. Fremont’s historic expeditions to map the Oregon Trail.
Oct. 17: “The Lost Meek Wagon Train.”
Prineville’s Bowman Museum historian Steve Lent will recount the disastrous 1845 shortcut off of the main route of the Oregon Trail.
Oct. 24: “The Legend of Skull Hollow.”
Smith Rock Park Ranger Eric Iseman will describe key incidents and locations relating to the Snake Indian War of 1864-68.
Oct. 31: “Hardiness and Hope on the High Desert.”
Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick will discuss the hardships endured during the Homestead Era in Eastern Oregon.