Cooler autumn nights and beautiful fall foliage is once again upon us, and now is the time to start looking for fun activities to do with the family in Oregon. An autumn family tradition for many, Smith Rock Ranch is definitely one you will want to visit this year. The ranch was founded in 2001 when the Lisignoli family moved to a historic but neglected farmstead in Terrebonne.
Of course, this year will be quite different than years in the past, as the ranch is taking extra precautions to keep visitors safe from being exposed to Covid-19. It should be to no surprise that masks are required to visit Smith Rock Ranch, as well as doing your best to maintain a six-foot distance from other guests. Even the pumpkins are masked up this year!
Instead of tokens this year, they are using paper tickets. Guests are to reserve a two-hour time slot in an effort to keep the number of visitors lower.
Smith Rock is one of the most incredible places you can visit in Oregon, no matter what time of year. Thousands of climbers are attracted to the spot from around the globe. Hiking, mountain biking, and opportunities to spot golden eagles, prairie falcons, river otter, and beaver are just some of the appeal here. Whether you are visiting to climb or just to unwind, upon visiting you will see how Smith Rock has earned its title as one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.
Smith Rock Ranch is located in the town of Terrebone, next to the awe-inspiring cliffs and has something for everyone to celebrate Halloween. For starters they have a pony ride for all the little cowgirls and boys to enjoy as your littles get to meet and ride their favorite pony. The pony rides are limited to children 70 lbs and under.
There’s also a horse-drawn wagon ride.
…Face painting, a petting zoo, and a Zoo Train ride are other fun activities children will enjoy.
Every year they change the theme of their corn maze. Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, Pacman, and Jurrasic Park were some of the mazes featured in recent years. This year, for 2020, visitors can get lost in the Wild Wild West Maze.
Ever launched a pumpkin from a cannon? Well you can at Smith Rock Ranch.
You’ll probably want to find that perfect pumpkin too of course to bring home. So make sure and head over to the pumpkin patch when you visit.
And test your marksmanship skills at their western themed shooting gallery, where you can compete with your friends and family. The Skull Hollow Shooting Gallery is permitted for ages 5 and up.
The ranch is also dog friendly, as they include a fenced area for dogs to play off leash while supervised. Pick up bags are provided. Your furry friends are not allowed in the maze.
One of my favorite things to do when visiting Smith Rock Ranch is shopping at the Harvest Market, where you can pick from a wide assortment of specialty pumpkins, gourds, honey, winter squad, specialty jams, seasonal merchandise and decorations.
If you go at the right time, you may even catch a show. Weather permitting, the ranch will have live music on Saturdays & Sundays from Noon to 4 PM.
If you’re thinking about heading over, here are the hours as posted via their website.
Smith Rock Ranch is located in Terrebonne Oregon, just 15 minutes North of Redmond
and 45 minutes North of Bend.
From Redmond head North on hwy 97 to Terrebonne. In Terrebonne turn right on Smith Rock Way. Continue half a mile and turn left on 1st ST. Continue 1 more mile (1st ST. becomes Wilcox Ave) and watch for Smith Rock Ranch signs.
Address: 1250 NE Wilcox Ave, Terrebonne, OR 97760
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