Smith Rock State Park

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About Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park is made up of rock statues that could be from Mars or an 8-year-old’s prolific imagination--either way--they need to be seen to be believed. This red-earthed wonderland is a chiseled desert playground that beckons climbers, horseback riders, hikers, campers and binoculars ever-aimed toward golden eagles. Aside from being one of the most sought out rock climbing destinations in the Northwest, it’s also a sunny sweet spot (300 days a year!) to contrast Oregon’s generally rain ridden reputation. Make an afternoon in Bend part of your Smith Rock adventure and sample one of the many craft beer options this town is known for. Prefer coffee or tea to hops? Try a cup at fair trade local roasters, Backporch.

Campgrounds in Smith Rock

Bivouac Campground

1. Bivouac Campground

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On a rimrock plateau where dusk bleeds into the Crooked River as water slices canyon, sits the setting for your camping adventure at Smith Rock....

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Shawn: $5/night (per person), open walk-in camping area so you just find a spot. Was perfect for Hammocking. Bathrooms are nice,...
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Hipcamper Shawn

$5/night (per person), open walk-in camping area so you just find a spot. Was perfect for Hammocking. Bathrooms are nice, showers are $2.

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Hipcamper Derek

Cheapest camping I have ever found (besides free) with nice showers and an awesome view. Good vibes

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Hipcamper Lauren

Loved camping here! Arrived late on a Friday night and there were still some spots available. You must do all your cooking in a separate area a short walk away from the campsites but it's easy to figure out the rules. There's even a place next to the bathrooms to charge electronics (luxurious)! Good campin vibes here for sure!

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Hipcamper Shawn

Awesome laid back vibe. Plenty of spots and they work great for both tenting and hammocking.

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Hipcamper Rosie

There's a designated cooking area with no firepits, so don't plan on using firewood and pack an electric stove! Great spot for climbers, and just 20 minutes away from Bend's downtown.

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History of Smith Rock State Park

The park was obtained between 1960 and 1975 by purchase and gifts of land from the city of Redmond and Harry and Diane Kem. Many believe that Smith Rock is named in honor of John Smith a Linn County lawman or Pvt. Volk Smith a soldier who fell to his death in the park during a battle with the Northern Paiute in 1863. The debate continues…