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City of Rocks – Creekside Towers Hiking Trail
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Overview
Location

City of Rocks National Reserve

Sights

City of Rocks, Many rock climbing routes

Distance

1.5 Miles

Parking Lot Elevation

5970 ft

Summit Elevation

Varies

Elevation Gain/Loss

Varies

Time Required

45 -90 Minutes

Pets

Allowed on leash

Fees

Free

Water Info

Bring 1-2 liters of water.

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Lots of sun exposure

Trail Condition

Rocky Dirt Path

Restrooms

At the trailhead

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

Yes

Food

Bring some snacks and a meal. Depending on what activity you are doing.

Equipment

Hiking shoes, bag for food and water.

GPS Coordinates

Trailhead: 42.07572 N, 113.72134 W


Trail Map

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Driving Directions: 

The trailhead is located at the Bath Rock parking lot on the City of Rocks Scenic Drive.


The Trail:

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. 1

The trailhead sign is just off the parking lot.

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Here are some of the terrain you will see on this hike.

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Really pretty view looking back at Bath Rock.

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The trail ends at Parking Lot Rock.

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 The Return:

 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.


Personal Thoughts:

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.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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