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One cold night

We stayed in the City of Rocks for one night on a family road trip. It is a really neat place to... read more

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TripChickie2
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Hermantown, Minnesota
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I don't have enough words to describe how awesome this place is! It's a rock climbers mecca - but... read more

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Park City, Utah
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Numerous granite formations, some 70 stories tall, attract world-class rock climbers. The Reserve protects 6.2 miles of the California National Historic Trail, and features emigrant signatures written in axle grease. Idaho's only pinyon pine forest...more
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We stayed in the City of Rocks for one night on a family road trip. It is a really neat place to explore and camp. Since it was cold and rainy, we almost had the park to ourselves. Luckily the rain held off during the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I don't have enough words to describe how awesome this place is! It's a rock climbers mecca - but a hikers paradice as well. SOOO many great trails and vista! BE SURE to stope at the Visitor Center for great info from the very freindly...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is well off the beaten path, but worth the detour. The spires of granitic rock pluton are quite unique in this setting along the California immigrant trail. There is a small visitors center just outside the park near the east entrance. It can be...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed March 18, 2019

We stopped by in early March in our family sedan and were told that the only road in is a couple of miles of dirt and gravel, still some snow and mostly mud. The guide, helpful and forthright, told us it would not be a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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wfkeck, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2019

Thank you for the review and advice to late winter visitors. We try to spread the word through social media of current road and weather conditions. Heavy snow, then quick melting makes this time of year very difficult to get into the parks. Conditions are...More

Reviewed February 26, 2019 via mobile

We took a quick overnight getaway to the City of Rocks. This was our first time here and we really enjoyed the scenery. Many of the roads aren’t maintained in the winter. The main road was plowed up to Bath Rock and that provides nice...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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wfkeck, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2019

Hi seanatchley, Thank you for your visit and review.

Reviewed February 1, 2019

This place is an photographers dream! Beautiful landscape for photos. Lots of hiking, walking and learning opportunities. It was extremely hot when I was there. If you are not into walking etc. You can also drive through and see some beautiful scenery. If you drive...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2019

Thanks 706bonnier for your review. We have three seasons here: snow-covered roads, muddy roads and dusty roads, I take it you were here during the dusty season. And you are right, City of Rocks is a photographer's playground. I encourage you to share one or...More

Reviewed January 16, 2019

If you like to rock climb, this is your place. If westward movement history interests you this is your place. If you like to hike trails this is your place. The campground is in pinion pine and well-maintained with paved sites.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2019

Hi 75cynthiad, Thank you for reviewing City of Rocks

Reviewed November 10, 2018

Went to reserve and also Castle Rocks State Park in september. Did numerous walks and drove through the hole park. Some of the scenery was great and compares to other parks in west in Colorado. The road is rough in some spots. Highly recommend going...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2018

Hi jeff77664, Thank you for your visit and review. We're glad you got to see both parks.

Reviewed September 17, 2018

Very neat! Spent a weekend camping and climbing here and we had a really great time. The campsite and restroom facilities were reasonably well kept and our site at least had a great view of the sunrise. You do have to make sure to book...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2018

Thanks Joe A for drawing attention to the popularity of the camping in peak season and need for reservations. Generally there is always some place to camp in our around the National Reserve, but campsites inside the National Reserve are usually filled first - and...More

Reviewed September 13, 2018

Spent two days at City of Rocks. Took some hikes, saw the immigrant signatures, watched the rock climbers. Incredible beauty. Interesting Oregon / California Trail history. Not a lot of people. Climber community was very friendly and interesting. Lots of gravel roads with washboard, and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2018

Thanks BGTom, for the review. You summed it up nicely.

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AvonJenae
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Response from wfkeck | Property representative |
August may not be as scorching as you imagine, since most of the campsites are above 6,200 feet. It can be quite pleasant. You did not say what kind of camping unit you are in, but here are some shady tent sites: #18-20... More
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KellyOXOX
February 26, 2019|
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It might be muddy or it could be completely dry. I think you will be just fine. It is so cool looking worth checking out.
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crystalbcochran
June 27, 2017|
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Response from wfkeck | Property representative |
Speaking as the park superintendent, I appreciate the previous responses. We are a dog friendly park, but owners must keep them leashed, and also prevent them from digging in the vegetation, especially at climbing staging... More
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