A Thanksgiving message submitted by one very moved by the magic that is Smith Rock State Park.
Temple of gold
I lay in the dry desert soil where my life began. In the west horizon, the sun sets beyond the ribbon of the cascade mountains, and to the east, the sun rises pink over the rolling hills of juniper and sage. This is where the geese bark and the eagles soar. A crooked river flows through a valley of its creation, where once upon a time a mighty mountain stood that is now a caldera of dreams. This is where the otters splash and play, and the songbirds sing. This is where volcanic tuff rises like a prolific temple of gold and where a monolith resembles a wise ape. It is here when I was a young boy that I discovered my curiosity and the importance of places of beauty and wonder that ask for silence. Read more... (214 words, 5 images, estimated 51 secs reading time)
While it’s tough to tell on the Smithsonian Channel’s site just exactly when this segment on Climbing Monkey Face was produced, it’s probably new to most of us.
Part of a series of Aerial America, this 2+ minute historical segment on Monkey Face contributes further to Smith Rock State Park’s prominence as an international destination for sport climbing.
Locals will wonder why the oh-CHO-cos got mispronounced as well as top billing over the Cascades when positioning the park.
And climbers will undoubtedly notice aid climbing happening vs sport climbing from the narrator at one point, but kick back and enjoy it anyway! Read more... (104 words, 6 images, estimated 25 secs reading time)
Bring your own water that is, unless you care to fill up at the Bivy or Rim Day Use restrooms.
Drinking fountains in the park are turned off for the season, as they needed to be drained and then shut off to prevent pipes from breaking with evening temps dropping into the 20s.
No more digging for that $5 in cash to park! The main fee station just got upgraded to accept credit cards and cash as well. Just don’t expect any change.
A solar-powered card accepting fee station went in a few weeks ago at the Turnaround area at the Northern Point.
Again, credit cards and cash, no change.