Oregon State Park Annual Passes are on sale this month for $25! They’re usually $30.
The rangers are seeing a lot of cars with expired passes right now.
They are trying to give reminders (instead of citations) through the end of the sale to encourage people to renew.
Smith Rock State Park Ranger Josie Barnum says she wrote 6 warnings for this alone on Saturday.
The Welcome Center is just open on weekends during the winter but you can also get them at the Terrebonne Thriftway, and other local retailers, or at the State Park system online store. Read more... (118 words, 6 images, estimated 28 secs reading time)
Work 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. Read more... (133 words, 6 images, estimated 32 secs reading time)
A Deschutes County commissioners’ Halloween work session ended with Smith Rock parking spillover remaining alive on Wilcox Avenue. At least for this round.
Part of a larger proposal that included stretches of the Cascade Lakes Highway and South Century Drive, they declined the ban for 2017. It would have needed a formal vote to actually be implemented.
Back in October of 2015, these same commissioners took away 97 overflow parking spots on the west side of Crooked River Drive. They cited both safety concerns and road damage from cars that straddled the edge of the road and the shoulder. Read more... (282 words, 7 images, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
November 27 Update:
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Have a favorite part or special Smith experience you want to share?
Jonathon, Vanessa, Cass and Bonnie want your Smith Rock stories for their Oregon State University research project on their favorite park. Post your comments below before November 23.
Part of a bigger study, your stories are needed for their Recreational Management project “Field Scoping and Site Analysis.”
The outcome will be in two parts, a paper and a presentation that includes parts of the stories collected from those that participate. Read more... (356 words, 5 images, estimated 1:25 mins reading time)