Smith Rock State Park has seen dramatic changes during the past five years.
The 652-acre park north of Bend has gone from a place known mostly for rock climbing to a bonafide tourist destination on par with Multnomah Falls and the Oregon Coast.
A sharp increase in visitors, which have almost doubled since 2010, has stretched the park to capacity.
How to deal with those crowds is the focus of an update to the park’s master plan, a document that will guide decisions into the future. Last updated in 1991, the process of crafting the master plan is beginning with a series of public meetings and online surveys.
Read more at the Statesman Journal.