Emigrants of the California Trail describe the rocks here in vivid detail as "a city of tall spires,” “steeple rocks," and "the silent city." Today, this backcountry byway attracts rock climbers, campers, hikers, hunters, and those with the spirit of adventure. There's inspirational scenery, exceptional opportunities for geologic study, and remnants of the Old West awaiting your discovery.
Discover the "Silent City" of Rocks!
Things To Do
Not sure what to do or how long to plan your visit? Check out "Things to Do" page with links to maps, brochures and interpretive booklets.
California Trail Replica Wagons
There’s a rich history running through the Reserve. Come explore historic wagon trails to California and stagecoach roads to gold mines.
Get Ready for the Bio Blitz!
Mark your calendars and help us celebrate the National Park Service Centennial during the Birds and Blooms Bio Blitz.