Paul Patton is a Resource Specialist for the Eastern Oregon Region of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and has worked for the department in various positions for 30 years. A native Oregonian, Paul was raised on a ranch near Pendleton, Oregon and is a graduate of Oregon State University.
Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock State Park encompasses 652 acres near Redmond and Terrebonne, in the semi-arid High Desert of central Oregon. This landscape of rock spires, cliffs, and canyonlands lies along the northern edge of the Crooked River caldera, a 26-mile long, 17-mile wide volcanic depression formed through a series of super-volcanic …