With a name like "City of Rocks," this place definitely piqued our curiosity. It was slightly out of the way and a dusty drive into the hills, but it was worth it. Apparently a rock climber mecca, it was also great for trail running.
And general gawking at rock formations like this window we saw while driving in:
We were excited to score a walk-up campsite that we fit into. This place is popular on the weekends. How did we not know about City of Rocks before?
Replicas of emigrant wagons at the visitor center:
Emigrant names written on the rocks - if it's old enough, even graffiti can be designated as "historical":
A memorial to the California Trail that rolled through here:
Another name in a neat little alcove:
Getting an overview of the landscape:
I did a long run that day for a closer look, heading across the field toward the hills of rocks:
The rest of this is just a set of pictures of curious and interesting rocks, like this one:
We could spend many days climbing around on these things:
Slabs and cracks in all directions:
Now that's geology:
Fun names for some of the climbing routes (also Slabbage, Scream Cheese, Too Much Fun, Private Idaho, Crack of Doom, and Bloody Fingers):
View back down to the valley:
How does this happen exactly?
Looks like a fun scramble:
Awesome little window:
The "inner city," as we heard someone refer to it:
Lots of holes of various sizes, part of the rock climbing appeal:
Heading up onto Bath Rock, there are even a couple rungs to cling to on this part:
Look ma, I made it this far!
The last bit wasn't quite so obvious, but John gave me a hand up (after he stopped snapping photos):
The view from the top was great (see many of the above photos). The climb down was also exciting, in that I wasn't sure what I was thinking by climbing up the thing. Where's our rope when I need it? John was patient and tried to teach me a bit of rock climbing technique.
I'm not sure I absorbed any of it, but I did get down :)
The next morning we did some actual rock climbing on Practice Rock, a really nice introduction. I could totally see coming back here to learn more.
We didn't even get over to Castle Rocks State Park nearby. Next time!