Deschutes County mulls parking ban, shuttle near Smith Rock
TERREBONNE, Ore. (AP) — Deschutes County could ban parking on two roads near popular Smith Rock State Park and instead use a shuttle to transport visitors to the park from off-site parking.
The Bulletin reports Thursday that on some popular weekends in spring and summer, the park received reports of more than 200 vehicles parked on two streets.
The park features stunning rock formations and is extremely popular with rock climbers. It’s required off-site parking for major events since 2016.
Smith Rock State Park Manager Scott Brown says the number of day-use and camping visitors has more than doubled in the past five years.
He says that popularity has stressed the environment and degraded the visitor experience and parking issues have impacted its neighbors.
Smith Rock is in Central Oregon near Redmond and Terrebonne.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com