City of Rocks State Park


Formed of volcanic ash 30 million years ago and sculpted by wind and water into rows of monolithic blocks, City of Rocks State Park takes its name from these incredible rock formations. Cactus gardens and hiking trails add to this unique destination.

In addition, our park rests beneath some of the darkest night skies in the country. Therefore, we are proud to announce our new Star Observatory. Experience the observatory for yourself during our monthly Stars-N-Parks program and join members of the National Public Observatory for a green-laser tour of the cosmos.


Jeff Rutherford

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

We stayed here for 3 nights and it was incredible! The rock formations are very beautiful and fun to climb on. My two daughters LOVED it. The bathrooms were nice the showers were clean and the water was hot! The roads were easy to even with a large RV. And even though it is out in the middle of nowhere I actually had great 4g signal(with T-Mobile) which was really nice because both wife and I both work online! And the night sky! Holy cow the stars are fantastic!

Smash Network

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

A wonderful beautiful place were you can go and lose yourself either literally or figuratively I've been going to City of rocks off and on since I was 5 years old. I 43 years old now and still love it. My 12 year old daughter says this place is better then Disneyland. My 14 year old son says when can we come back. The sunrises are gorgeous beyond compare. Hope you like my pictures.

Peter Balogh

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018

This a truly amazing experience. These rock formations are unique and incredible, like out of nowhere, suddenly there are this huge rock formations, like if they had fallen from the sky. On our road trip through the entire USA, this was definitely one of my very favorite spots in the country. The campground is nice and this feels like a very spiritual place to be, sunsets and sunrises are incredible and the surrounding landscape is like from another planet.

Janine Einhellig

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

Loved this state park. All by itself it has some great views and a good amount of trails. Wish some of the trails weren't such loose gravel -makes biking interesting, but they tried to make them nice. The camping spots in the rocks are super cool.

Kevin Lenkner

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

This hidden gem of a state park is worth the time and drive. Situated in high desert plains this park features camping and day use. We made it a tradition to visit every thanksgiving holiday as part of the #optoutside movement. Haven't visited at night but it looks like a great place to do some dark sky stargazing. Check website for programs that include the parks own telescope. Their could be some more interpretive work within the park to give it a deeper geological and historical context. While the park is open most days, the visitors center is not.