Want to Be in the Park When It's Dark?
July 18, 2017
Think again. While the park has been pretty loose on the day use rules in the past, those days are over. Even if you're camping in the Bivy. Smith Rock State Park management has asked us to spread the word. After dusk use of any day use area or facility at Smith Rock is prohibited.
Regulations as well as signage around the park state it’s open from dawn to dusk (30 minutes prior to sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset).
Some leniency has been given in the past for after dusk use if you had a camping pass and were parked in the bivouac camping area but this will no longer be the case.
Special-use permits may be issued for after hours use. Contact the park office at 541-548-7501 if you’re interested in filing for a permit.
Some (not all) reasons/concerns for the renewed enforcement of this existing Oregon Administrative Rule include:
-Illegal camping including campfires in high fire season.
-Lack of park staff and resources to manage the use.
-Overuse of park facilities and parklands in general.
-Voiced concerns from park neighbors.
-Limited emergency response resources.
Not fun, we know. But the park is growing in visitation and with that brings some growing pains. Hopefully, this will help protect it for all of us.