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City of Rocks and Castle Rocks
by Dave Bingham
312 pages. Color.
There are other places named City of Rocks, but this is THE City of Rocks. It’s been called America’s premiere granite sport-climbing area, and just as often praised for its unique trad climbing. With 1000 routes to choose from, you can crimp overhanging patina, grunt up an offwidth, cruise a multi-pitch 5.8, or summit a dramatic spire—all within a short walk of your campsite. Nearby you’ll find historic inscriptions, hikes, mountain biking, and the funky Western town of Almo to keep you supplied and entertained on rest days. Also included here for the first time is the sweet climbing at nearby Castle Rocks State Park.