Hiking in Smith Rock State Park, Oregon

Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park is tucked away in the high desert about 30 minutes north of Bend, Oregon. It’s a haven to rock climbers (the taller cliffs are about 600 feet high) as well as hikers. We decided to stop by on our way home from Bend and we spent a little bit of time hiking around and checking out the park. The rock formations are absolutely stunning and I was getting major Zion NP vibes the entire time there! According to Wikipedia:

“The geology of Smith Rocks is volcanic. It is made up of layers of recent basalt flows overlaying older Clarno ash and tuff formations. Approximately 30 million years ago, a large caldera was formed when overlying rock collapsed into an underground lava chamber. This created a huge amount of rock and ash debris that filled the caldera. That material solidified into rock, becoming Smith Rock tuff. Rhyolite flows intruded along faults in the Smith Rock Tuff. A half million years ago, basalt lava flows from nearby volcanoes covered the older tuff.”

The park was insanely crowded, like, no parking, people everywhere, insane. After hiking for a few minutes we left a majority of the crowds behind but be warned… there is also a campground in the park as well! To learn more about Smith Rock State Park: https://smithrock.com/