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On his way to California in 1849, emigrant James F. Wilkens described the dramatic geological area he encountered as "City of Rocks." The name remains, as well as hundreds of pioneer inscriptions, wagon ruts, and journal accounts, testifying to the nearly quarter-million people who traveled through here between 1843 and 1869. Visitors today will see nearly the same scene - granite spires and monoliths reaching 60 stories tall. Geologists estimate the oldest granite to exceed 2.5 billion years old. Climbers find the younger granite of the Almo Pluton to be some of the best rock they've ever ascended. Established by Congress in 1988 as a National Reserve, City of Rocks encompasses 14,407 acres of federal, state, and private lands containing grand scenery, rich cultural history, and places of relative solitude and silence. The Reserve's visitor center in Almo provides interpretive exhibits and detailed information about camping, hiking, and other recreational opportunities.

6 days ago

really beautiful. city of rocks is full of dramatic scenery.

hiking
9 days ago

Great views going up steep side first. Coming down is longer with fewer viewpoints but got see a lot of rock climbers. Nice hike.

hiking
29 days ago

So. Many. Cow pies. Despite that there are quite a few beautiful vistas on this loop. There were a lot of climbers and hikers yesterday but my husband and I didn’t come across any other person when we did this loop. It felt like more than 6 miles. I think if we hiked this loop again we would go clockwise. Going counterclockwise on this loop made for a pretty intense hike for the last half. I think the best time to do this hike would either be in early spring or late fall as most of the trail has little shade. We were burning up even though it was mid 70s, overcast, and breezy.

We did this one right after Bath Rock. Moderate is a good rating for this one. the section right before what is called the stairs is a little sketchy and hard to keep on the right track, but after backtracking a little, found the right way. The trail is maintained well and you will defiantly see rock climbers all over. Overall the entire area is awesome to visit!

Nice easy and quick hike. Great for kids. Just a walk really around Bath Rock, and check out the many rock climbers. the back side is impressive and way cooler.

Nice trail at the beginning and end with great viewpoints of rocks and climbers but the middle of the trail is through cow pasture.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Enjoyed it very much. Lots of people climbing and they were fun to watch. Very well maintained. Restroom at trailhead.

walking
4 months ago

Nice short easy walk around a big rock. Nicely maintained trail with lots of opportunities to watch rock climbers going up and down the “Bath Rock”. Path has log steps in parts of the trail and log barriers surrounding parts of the vegetation with signs that say to keep dogs on leashes and out of the vegetation areas. Would be a great little walk for very young children. There was a lot of deer tracks in the soft trail dirt.

hiking
5 months ago

Really enjoyed hiking this loop. Great scenery and pretty neat watching the climbers. Only 3 other hikers on a nice April morning, but it did get busy in the parking lot as more people rolled in. Just get there early, or camp nearby as we did. Brought the dogs, they enjoyed it too, despite prickly pears.

hiking
8 months ago

Seemingly easy loop with some occasion to watch your footing per loose rock and slick, spring dampened spots. The topography and geology is stunning. The scrub- high-desert biome is decorated with beautiful rock formations and panoramic views. The trail winds from elevated points through a scrub-wooded bottom that offers new perspectives on the towering rocks, in a peaceful and cool glen. This Reserve is a gem and I look forward to returning for more hikes!

hiking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

If you're looking for incredible scenery well off the beaten path, great place to hike etc. Drove up from salt lake for the day.
went April 1st- the upper trails were still covered with deep snow drifts but the lower trails were all clear.
Few rock climbers we stopped and watched, apparently busier during the warmer months.
Passed cars and hikers on the roads, but plenty of trails you can put together: never saw another soul once we got out on the trails.

camping
Saturday, July 04, 2015

Excellent place to visit. We will return soon.

rock climbing
Friday, October 14, 2011

We didn't hike far to the climb. The climb was superb as a beginner. Camping is outstanding as is watching all of the climbers!

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