Recently visited City of Rocks on way to Yellowstone. Spent 2 nights camping and day and a half hiking and climbing around the area. My goal was to freestyle climb any rock I could until I was sick of climbing. Mission accomplished!! I covered most of the trails in the park and would recommend climbing around the Creekside Towers Trail, Flaming Rock Trail and along the main drive to fully capture the rocks experience. I was also surprised by the number of aspen trees and greenery. Great variety. I also recommend hiking the Indian Grove Trail and Sky Line Connector Trail up to Graham Peak, if you want a strenuous uphill hike with a great 360 degree view. Be advised that the last mile the switchbacks seem to take you far out of the way before you final reach the pinnacle. You think you're almost there and then have to keep walking forever. It would have been nice if they'd simply provided a steeper but more direct route. Btw, I did not see another person on that entire hike! Finally, if you're camping consider sites 58-60. You have to hike in 1/4 mile but the payoff is a private, quiet experience. Many other campsites also looked attractive while less private. This park is out of the way and thus is a quiet, low traffic and enjoyable experience. I highly recommend it even just for a casual day of rock exploration.
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