ADVENTURES IN OUR AMERICAN DREAM travel blog

A Handsome Fella we saw on the way to Smith Rock State...

Smith Rock State Park

A beautiful place

Rock Climbing

People were walking over this bridge to the trails all over the...

We stopped here for our picnic

Another view

Info about rock climbing and the many trails

Lots of Golden Eagles breed here

The first trail we walked

Ollie had a great time exploring too

Views on the way

Incredible

Look how huge

At the end of the trail was a waterfall, it was way...

A view of the water

It looks close but it was a LONG way down

Another view

The second trail we walked led us to this awesome view

Volcanic Info

Awesome view of the canyon

Another view

Bridge in bottom of canyon

Zoom of the bridge

Can you see the people? They are just about center but a...

Here they are zoomed..

Jerry took this one of me taking pics :-)

This view made it well worth the long walk

The sky was beautiful when we got home..


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 identify, but I think they were golden eagles.

There are so many trails to walk and places to explore. We chose a couple of them and were not disappointed. Both of the trails led to canyons with waterfalls and outstanding views. We found another beautiful place for our picnic and enjoyed it much. I took over 300 pictures in this park and will have a hard time deciding which ones to add. :-) I could not believe how high some of the people were walking. I did a few zoomed pictures to show you just how far away they were. This is an awesome park and we highly recommend it. You could spend weeks and not explore the whole park. More later from Bend.

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