City of Rocks National Reserve
City of Rocks, Many rock climbing routes
45 -90 Minutes
Allowed on leash
Bring 1-2 liters of water.
Spring, Summer, Fall
Open year round
Lots of sun exposure
Rocky Dirt Path
At the trailhead
Bring some snacks and a meal. Depending on what activity you are doing.
Hiking shoes, bag for food and water.
Trailhead: 42.07572 N, 113.72134 W
The trailhead is located at the Bath Rock parking lot on the City of Rocks Scenic Drive.
This is a very scenic and very fun short trail. The trail can be added to other trails to be made longer. This is the prettiest hike I have done at City of Rocks. There is a fair amount of elevation gain but it is very manageable and could be done by kids. There are lots of different formations to see on this trail and it is a perfect place to watch people climb the anteater and morning glory spire formations. Look for lots of hidden small arches and honeycomb rocks. The trail follows a creek that in the spring also contains a small waterfall worth seeing. The trail takes you down through lots of trees so its a good place to escape the sun in summer. The trail starts at the huge Bath Rock parking lot. Bath Rock itself is huge and impossible to miss. It is very well signed.
The trailhead sign is just off the parking lot.
Here are some of the terrain you will see on this hike.
Really pretty view looking back at Bath Rock.
The trail ends at Parking Lot Rock.
You can retrace your steps and take the trail back or return on the road. I recommend taking the trail because in this area you always see new perspectives going back different directions.
This is my favorite hike in City of Rocks. Hands down. Its short but can be made into several different loops very easily. This is also a great trail to escape some of the significant sun you will normally be in here.