Learn More About Rock Features

In the second of a five-part series of Smith Rock State Park’s annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration 2015, U.S. Forest Service Archaeologist Stephen Todd Jankowski, M.Sc., sheds some light on the how rock features are classified.

Come to the Welcome Center yurt Friday, October 9 at 7:00 PM for his 1 1/2 hour talk on “Form vs Function: A Classification System for Rock Features.” The 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.

Can’t make it this Friday? Check out the upcoming schedule here.

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Missing Something?

Like 97 parking spots along the west side of Crooked River Drive just south of the park entrance sign?

You’re right. They’re gone per a Deschutes County resolution citing both safety concerns and road damage issue from cars straddling the edge of the road and the shoulder. The east side has not been open to parking at all, and the county has been pretty tolerant of the overflow parking situation at the park until now.

Pot and the Park

With the brisk sales of marijuana since it became legal to sell October 1 in Bend, we thought we’d republish this piece for those of you that might have missed it.

Smith Rock State Park may be one of the “7 Wonders of Oregon” but you don’t need to wonder where they stand on pot use in the park.

The park is a public place and therefore off limits to using the legal weed where others can see you.

What’s Legal Oregon defines it this way:

Large Loose Rock Removed From First Kiss

Thanks to the fast work of Ian Caldwell, fondly known as the “Mayor of Smith Rock” and others from park management, as of 1:30 PM on 9/15/15, the First Kiss climbing route re-opened after its brief few days closure.

According to the park the large rock and many smaller rocks in question have been removed. Sorry we didn’t get the chance to film the trundle this time!

Here’s more detail from Ian:

Online resource for adventurers to Smith Rock State Park. Detailed information for rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, slacklining and horseback riding.