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Why Get Married at Smith Rock?

Eloping gives you the freedom to get married in a non-traditional destination. Without the burden of planning a large event, couples who elope have the freedom to choose exotic and beautiful places to travel for their nuptials.

Smith Rock State Park in Oregon is one of our favorite elopement destinations in the world. Smith Rock itself is a 600 foot high ridge with a sheer cliff-face overlooking a bend in the Crooked River. The park is an epic location to exchange vows and to capture unforgettable video and photos.

In this page, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get married at Smith Rock State Park.

An Ideal Elopement Destination

As an elopement destination, Smith Rock checks several boxes. The scenery is wild and epic (great for photos and video). The park is located about 20 minutes from a popular airport (Redmond). The amenities are practical for groups with children and disabilities. And there are dozens of adorable hotels and resorts nearby (check out our favorite picks below!).

Getting to Smith Rock

Smith Rock State Park is about 35 minutes from the popular vacation town of Bend, Oregon. We’ve seen blogs that encourage couples to fly in through Portland International Airport and then drive hours across the State, but we don’t recommend this route. Instead, check out the many flights available through Redmond Municipal Airport, which is just 20 minutes from the park. Central Oregon is a very popular destination for vacationers and for remote workers, and there are dozens of flights offered through Redmond.

When you elope in Central Oregon, it’s best to make a weekend out of it. Smith Rock is a short drive away from countless adventures. The Bend area is known as an outdoorsman’s paradise, with hikes, golf, mountain biking, and amazing food and beer. Smith Rock State Park itself is very accessible and has plenty of parking. There are public bathrooms with running water. With that being said, we recommend getting into your formal attire before arriving at the park, as the bathrooms don’t provide much privacy.


Do I need a Permit to get married at Smith Rock?

If your group includes 20 people or less, then you most likely do NOT need any special permits. You can simply scout a cool spot, gather, and exchange your vows! When in doubt, you can contact the Park Manager at 541-548-7501 for questions.

I have a larger group, do we need to make a reservation?

Wedding groups of up to 50 people can reserve the North Point Amphitheater by calling the park office at 541-548-7501 extension 1, and leaving a message.  Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance beginning at 6am. Pro tip: call as early as possible!

Will I need to go on a difficult hike to get to a good view point?

Nope! In fact, some of the best views of the park are just steps away from the visitor center. In the video above and the map below, you’ll find view points for every skill level.

Is Smith Rock pet-friendly?

It sure is! You can bring your favorite four-legged friend along for the adventure. Dogs must be kept on-leash, and there are multiple locations with water fountains to keep your pup hydrated!

What should I pack?

Depending on the time of year that you elope, the temperatures at Smith Rock can be intense! Make sure to bring multiple bottles of water, as well as a jacket. That’s right. The high desert can be hot and cold as the sun changes position over the cliffs. If you are planning to hike down into the park, then hiking shoes or comfortable sneakers are also recommended.

Does Smith Rock have an official website?

Yep! While we keep this blog page updated frequently, you’ll be sure to get the latest updates and more information from the official Oregon State Parks website. While you’re at it, check out the official SmithRock.com website for helpful guides, events, and news.

Is Smith Rock ADA compliant?

Disabled Hikers has done an in-depth review of Smith Rock, with helpful tips and information for folks with disabilities. You can find that page here.


Map of Best Elopement and Photography Locations Smith Rock State Park

Best Lodging

Our team includes a handful of Bend-Oregon locals, and they’ve compiled their favorite eats and stays for when family and friends come to visit:

Campfire Hotel Great outdoor pool and hot tub, close to great restaurants like El Sancho Taco Shop. The best budget-friendly option.

Juniper Preserve Boujee, amazing restaurants, golf, spa, pool. Ideal for a family stay.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School Quirky, close to downtown Bend. Ask the front desk about the hidden speakeasy! They’ll send you on an adventure around the hotel. Fun for adults and small groups.

Best Food

El Sancho Taco Shop West Amazing lunch and dinner spot! Skip the tacos and try the Sancho Bowl.

The Sparrow Bakery Pro tip: don’t let the line scare you. It moves fast. Order the Ocean Role (a local-favorite pastry)

Jackson’s Corner Amazing brunch spot with delicious sandwiches and pizza. Lots of indoor and outdoor seating.

Wild Rose Thai food like you’ve never had. Amazing, elevated cuisine where all of the cool locals go.

Smith Rock Elopement Videography

We are A Beautiful Union. A film house for elopements around the State of Oregon. Our team of cinematographers is well-versed in Smith Rock elopements and weddings, and we would love to be your hype men and local guides for the adventure.

Our goal is to make wedding videos that are authentic and sincere. We would love to get to know you and talk about how we can make your Smith Rock wedding unforgettable!

You can check out our videography packages right here on our website, or give us a shout by using the form below.