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City of Rocks National Reserve

City of Rocks National Reserve

Posted on September 14, 2017

We’re headed down to meet up with Spencer’s Mom and we decided to camp in City of Rocks National Reserve. I got us lost several times while we were headed down there. Google Maps kept routing us to the West side of the park and we wanted to enter on the East side. It kept routing us down dirt roads, which our RV doesn’t do that well on. So, be careful and keep checking your map if you want to avoid that. It took us much longer than we expected to get there, but, it was well worth it!

City Of Rocks Campground

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The campsites here are HUGE! We didn’t have very good Verizon cell reception here even with our signal booster. However, there are spots of cell service, depending on which campsite you pick. It is amazing to be able to camp among all of these amazing rock structures and to watch rock climbers right from your campsite.

Emigrant Signatures

Register Rock at City of Rocks National Reserve

Register Rock at City of Rocks National Reserve

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City of Rocks has Emigrant Registers like we saw in Capitol Reef NP. Where Emigrants in the 1800’s signed their names in wagon wheel grease or carved them into the rocks as they passed through the area.There are a couple of areas where you can view Emigrant Signatures from the California Trail in the park, at Register Rock and Camp Rock.

 

City of Rocks National Reserve

While we were looking at the Emigrant Registers, the kids found a grasshopper on the trail. She was laying her eggs underground. They sat there and watched her for a while. Love to see the kids learning about and loving nature! 💕

Treasure Rock

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Across from Camp Rock is a rock formation called Treasure Rock. Local legend says that loot from a stagecoach robbery is buried somewhere around the base of what is now Treasure Rock. We walked on the trail that goes around Treasure Rock.

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There are some amazing views of the park from there. It was smokey when we were there, from all the wildfires in Montana. I would imagine the views must be even more amazing when it is clear.

There is so much to do at City of Rocks! There are lots of Hiking, Camping and Auto Touring opportunities. Also, if you are into rock climbing, we saw a lot of rock climbers everywhere. This is an amazing and magical place to sit and watch birds and so many scenic places to take pictures of.

Next stop is Great Basin National Park!

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