Believe it or not, Motel 6 used to be just $6 when it started in 1962. Now it's over $60 per night in Bend—$100 in some other locations. That's just a little perspective on the very modest increase from $5 to $8 for camping at Smith Rock State Park come November 1, 2017.
Back in early August, the Mazamas Foundation plan to develop a B&B/Campground aka "Mazama Ranch" on a 2.5-acre parcel adjacent to Smith Rock State Park was presented to the public for input at a Deschutes County Planning Commission meeting. An appeals process closed public input on August 29, 2017.
Originally scheduled for summer, the second in a 3-part series of public meetings on the Smith Rock Master Plan will reveal three alternatives based on park assessments and public input for the new plan.
Today kicks off 15 years of the annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) Friday evening lecture series here at Smith Rock State Park, and the line-up will not disappoint. In exchange for your $5 parking pass, you get four evenings of fascinating information from some of the region's most renowned scientists in their fields. Come for a hike and stay for the free lectures each Friday night in October from 7:00-8:30 PM.
Climbers Stefani Dawn and Rick Momsen of Climb-On Maps hate getting lost and blowing a day of a multi-pitch climb. Hence the inspiration for their series of climber's maps for major areas, including Smith Rock State Park. The 20 years of mapping experience Rick brought to the table along with Stephani's business head turned out to be a winning combo.