James F. Wilkens, an early emigrant, wrote that this valley of rocks had the appearance of a “silent city.”
Names can still be seen written in axle grease on some of the rocks at this California Trail landmark. Rock climbers from around the world come to experience the challenges offered by City of Rocks’ towering spires. This 49-mile route, best traveled between April and November, begins at Albion and concludes in the historic town of Oakley. Full services are available in Burley with partial services in Albion, Oakley, and Almo. Standard campsites are available at City of Rocks. Serviced campsites are available at Smoky Mountain Campground, a Unit of Castle Rocks State Park.
While best known for its historical significance, City of Rocks has ample access to hiking, mountain biking, and hores back riding. It’s also a great place to watch wildlife or have a picnic. When winter arrives, visitors swap their hiking boots for skis and snowshoes. Winter visitors take note – the City of Rocks Backcountry Byway may become impassable in winter.