7 Wonders of Oregon: Smith Rock

Smith Rock draws climbers from across the globe, and it’s considered by many to be the birthplace of American sport climbing. But there are many ways to see the high desert of Central Oregon. Here are a few of our favorite ways: Ride: Central Oregon is a cycling and biking paradise. Mountain bikers will love… More
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Terrebonne (“good earth”) is high-desert horse country, best known for a rock — and not just any rock.

Terrebonne hosts the world-famous Smith Rock State Park, considered the cradle of American rock climbing. Miles of climbing routes tower above and the Crooked River splashes below, as soaring golden eagles share the skies with the dramatic peaks of the Cascade Range.

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Where should we go stargazing near Bend?

Hi Jason, welcome to Bend! There are two actual observatories, one in Sunriver and one at Pine Mountain east of town. Aside from that, I’d suggest getting away from the lights of town. Smith Rock would be a good choice, or head up Cascade Lakes Highway to Mt. Bachelor or one of the Cascade Lakes. Brasada…

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