Castle Rock is the centerpiece of this 1.5 mile loop trail. It features impressive rocks as well as archaeological sites such as the Shock and Awe Shelter and pictographs.
In spring hikers may encounter many species of wildflowers and experience the arrival of migratory birds. In autumn, hikers are treated to the colorful foliage of aspen, chokecherry, and willow.
Get more out of your hike with the Backyard Boulders guide in the Self-Guided Tours section of the City of Rocks NPS Mobile App or pick up a trail guide at our Visitor Center.