by Jeff Goulden
Smith Rock State Park is located less than 10 miles north of Redmond just east of the town of Terrebonne. The appropriately named Crooked River winds its way through the 651 acre state park.
The cliffs of Smith Rock are composed of welded tuff (compressed volcanic ash) reaching a height of up to 550 feet. The canyon rim and campground sit mostly on columnar basalt.
Several movies have been shot at Smith Rock, including the 1975 film Rooster Cogburn starring John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn.
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