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By ssimonson09
From Tacoma, WA
Jun 22, 2012
Roadtrip!
Anyone ever have any issues with the camping filling up at City of Rocks or Blodgett Canyon? I'm going on a pretty big roadtrip from Colorado to Oregon and taking a senic route through Moab, Idaho, and Montana starting this Sunday. I'll be camping at City of Rocks on Monday night and Blodgett Canyon on Tuesday night. How is the camping in these places this time of year?

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By BackAtItAgain
Jun 22, 2012
On a Monday at the City there should be plenty of open spots. Fri and Sat not so.

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By Tom Fralich
From Fort Collins, CO
Jun 22, 2012
You won't have a problem finding a spot for one night at CoR, especially on a Monday. The reservation thing is pretty annoying. We've been able to find a place every night, but we have to change sites pretty often due to sites being reserved. What's most annoying is that some of the sites end up empty even though they were reserved. I don't know what's going on...people cancel and the tags are left up, or people just don't show up?

It seems that there are a few lettered (rather than numbered) sites that are not reservable (??). We've stayed at Site C and Site D, both of which are pretty crappy sites. Site E is really nice, in the trees, on the left after passing Bath Rock and before reaching Parking Lot rock.

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By sqwirll
From Las Vegas
Jun 22, 2012
Cool snow formation at the base.
I've camped at Blodgett on Labor Day weekend a few years back and we were the only ones there. I'm guessing you'll have no issue.

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By ross.mon
From Montana
Jun 22, 2012
lunch ledge
You can also camp outside of the reserve on BLM land just past Almo, for free, if you want. There will be a campground host at the Blodgett Campground this time of year, but there ought not be any folks there on a weekday.

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By Fett
Jun 23, 2012
Blodgett will have more hikers around than climbers, plus long adventure routes.

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By rging
From Salt Lake City, Ut
Jun 26, 2012
CoR
If you want decent bathrooms and really good showers you can stay at the Castle Rock State Park campground which is just off the road on your way into CoR. They have a camp host and are more organized than the CoR campground.

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By splitclimber
Apr 8, 2014
i hate starting new threads for a simple question. So....

can anyone recommend campsites that are close to the majority of climbs at City of Rocks? We have a pop-up camper and prefer not to break down camp every day and drive to climbs? Would a bike be a good idea to get to climbs?

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By ddriver
From SLC
Apr 8, 2014
Without looking at a map or anything, anywhere from at least about site 20 to site 55 or so will be within walking distance of some significant climbing. If you want to minimize driving you might look for sites between the Breadloaves and Parking Lot Rock (roughly 50-55), both being short walks.

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By Maurice Chaunders
Apr 8, 2014
Colombian Crack
Def bring a bike. When you have the cup of morning coffee, the bike will not only zing you down to the outhouse, it will stuff that turd back up in ya.

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By zoso
Apr 9, 2014
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Thanks for that. That must be why I like biking. Gotta love a good epiphany.

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By EB
From Winona
Apr 9, 2014
Why only one day at these places? They are two of the sweetest climbing areas in the central west this time of year....

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By doug rouse
From Denver, CO.
Apr 9, 2014
You really do need to stay longer than one day at the City. Some of the best campground campsites there are, and the granite is Awesome!

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By splitclimber
Apr 9, 2014
thx for the replies.

well, I'll be staying for more than one day. :)Hoping to go early May.

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