by Jeff Goulden
On the high desert plateau of central Oregon stands Smith Rock with its sheer cliffs of compressed volcanic ash. It may look out of place in the surrounding desert but it's also one of the most amazing places in a state known for its abundant natural beauty.
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.
Although Smith Rock is known as a mecca for rock climbers, it's also a great place to hike, photograph or just enjoy nature. The best time of day to photograph Smith Rock is shortly after sunrise. Wait on the canyon rim and watch the sun bathe the rock faces in the early morning glow. Be sure and use the Crooked River in your shots to provide lines leading to the towering rock faces.
Several movies have been shot at Smith Rock, including the 1975 film Rooster Cogburn starring John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn.
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