City of Rocks National Reserve
Lots of different geology features
Not more than -/+ 120 feet
Allowed on leash
Bring 1-2 liters
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter is accessible by 4×4
Open year round
Lots of sun exposure
At parking lot
Bring some snacks and a meal depending on what activity you are doing.
Bring hiking shoes, camera, light jacket
Trailhead: 42.09321 N, 113.70950 W
The trailhead parking lot is located at the end of the Circle Creek Overlook road inside the reserve. This road is steep and thin but most of the year could be driven in any vehicle. In winter conditions 4×4 is neccesary to get through the snow or mud.
There is a large parking area with an outhouse.
Right by the parking lot is the sign marking the start of the trail.
Make sure you stop by the visitor center and pick up the trail pamphlet that gives you all the different information about what you can see on this trail. You can also download it on your phone. This trail highlights all of the different features and teaches you about how and why City of Rocks is the way it is. There are 12 different informative stations to see on the hike. I will show pictures of each feature but you’ll just have to do the hike to learn what each thing is. Its about a ten minute walk before you reach the first station. There is a beautiful overlook and you can see the Twin Sisters off in the distance.
The first stop is Granite Weathering
Go back to the car the same way you walked in. I had fun picking out things I had learned on the way back.
I found this trail to be a lot of fun. I learned a lot of new cool information about the area and learned stuff I then could pick out at all the other areas of the reserve I visited. This would be an easy hike for kids as well with lots of chances to play around on the rocks and it has some very beautiful scenery and I saw lots of rabbits running around.