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Apr 1, 2015 - Smith Rock State Park, Oregon

The town we are staying at (Culver)is about 7 miles south of Madras, and seven miles north of Terrebonne, considered Redmond area since that is the next biggest town to the south. It is the easiest to find on a map. Nearby as we were driving to the campground, we saw this really cool gorge. So we went back to check it out. Apparently this big gorge used to have a small single lane wooden bridge across it, about a mile upstream. (sure am glad I did not have to cross THAT!)Roads were only dirt roads then. By 1926 they decided a decent bridge...

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Jul 4, 2012 - Day Trip: Smith Rock State Park, OR

Happy 4th of July! We head south on Route 97 toward Redmond. We stop at the Peter Skene Ogden Scenic Overview. The overview is of a three hundred foot deep canyon. We look down on the Crooked River. We cross the pedestrian bridge and take a nature walk. It is a great way to start the day. We are learning the names of the peaks we see. Mt. Hood is visible to the north. Next are Mt. Jefferson, the Three Sisters, The Husband and Mt. Bachelor. The sky is clear and the views are wonderful. Snow covers them all. We make our Wal-Mart stop in...

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Apr 25, 2009 - Smith Rock State Park

North of Bend is Smith Rock State Park. The park has cliffs of tuff and basalt which are ideal for rock climbing and therefore attracts climbers from across the world. As well as rock climbing the park has a number of hiking trails. We took the trail which wandered along the Crooked River and gave us views not only of the river but also of the climbers scaling the cliffs. At the end of the walk we stopped and talked to one of the rangers on the geology of the area.

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Jan 11, 2009 - Smith Rock State Park

Today we drove about 30 miles from Bend to visit the Smith Rock State Park. This park is like visiting a smaller version of the Grand Canyon. If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons or rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs in the park. They also offer miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Along your trip through the canyon, you might see golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otter and beaver. We saw some huge birds flying but did not get close enough to...

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