Day Trippin': Rock climbing at City of Rocks and Castle Rocks

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On this week’s Day Trippin’, we go rock climbing! Are you or your kids interested in learning the ropes about technical rock climbing?

The City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park have a climbing experience program for kids 10 and over and adults. Climbing rangers at the park start you out on short climbs – about 30 to 40 feet high – to get a feel for rock climbing. There are fixed ropes on the rocks for climbing and descending.

City of Rocks is a national destination for rock climbing because of the many granite rock formations in the area. There are literally hundreds of climbing routes to explore, with a large variety of difficulty.

The park provides all of the climbing equipment and instruction.

The rangers say that most people do well climbing up the rocks, but are more scared about climbing back down with rope and guide assist.

“It’s always when you’re lowering them down, that kids can get scared,” rangers say.

But that’s OK, it’s all part of the learning experience.

If you decide to continue building on rock climbing skills, there are a number of rock climbing guide services that operate at city of rocks that can take you to the next level.

City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park are located south of Interstate 84 at the Declo exit. It’s about 30 minutes to the park from there.

That’s this week’s Day Trippin!

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