American sport climbing was born here. Made up of volcanic tuff, these wonderfully textured spires have been a beacon to climbers for decades.
Combine that with 300 days of sun per year and you have basically the perfect crag. There are almost 1000 routes to choose from. They run the gamut from quick boulder problems to multi-pitch trad epics. Of course, sport climbing is the real draw here. A word of caution though, you might have heard of the notorious Smith bolting. The first bolt on most climbs here is often 15 feet off the deck. To avoid some nasty falls we highly recommend bringing a stick clip.
Smith isn’t just for climbers. The hiking here is sublime. Hikes run the gamut from mellow paved jaunts to lung-busting summit treks. If you’re feeling ambitious, the Summit Loop Trail is well worth the hike.
Sidenote: It’s said that this rock is named after a member of the U.S. Calvary when he accidentally slipped and fell from the summit during a battle.
The only option for camping in the park is the first-come, first-served bivouac area. It’s hike-in only (short walk) and fills up fast on weekend. Beat the crowds by visiting during the week or use Hipcamp to find nearby accommodations.