If you didn’t get a chance to experience “In a Landscape,” (IAL)—a confluence of music, nature, and technology, last year at Smith Rock, now’s your chance. The first performance in July sold out before we could tell you about it, but another has been added, for September 11. Hunter Noack performs live outdoors on his 9-foot Steinway grand piano. He hauls it on his performing platform to the middle of forests, fields, calderas and historical sites for classical music concerts. And back by popular demand, to Smith Rock.
Free parking and camping? You heard that right, along with fresh fruits, cookies and lemonade at the Welcome Center between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM on June 1 while supplies last.
Start off 2019 with a free ranger-led hike—all you pay is for your $5 parking place. Smith Rock park rangers are offering a choice of two First Day Hikes to help you learn about winter wildlife and the unique geological features of the park. The Rimrock Trail allows you to stay above the canyon along the park’s rim. The Wolf Tree Trail starts after you descend into the park and make a right across the bridge.
Spend your Black Friday outdoors at Smith Rock State Park the day after Thanksgiving. (You can use the $5 you save parking to shop online later if you must.)
This Friday, October 5, marks 16 years of the annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) Friday evening lecture series here at Smith Rock State Park. Your $5 parking pass each time is the only fee. Come for a hike and stay for the free lectures each Friday night in October from 7:00-8:30 PM. Learn about the latest advances in cultural knowledge and scientific techniques being made throughout the field of anthropology.