In this dramatic city park that gets national recognition, don’t go looking for the flowers (though there are wildflowers galore at certain times). This is a rock garden, in the most essential meaning of the word. Soaring and interestingly shaped red sandstone rock formations (Kissing Camels, Balanced Rock) thrust up through the earth. Rock climbing is allowed with proper equipment, but if you get stuck, there’s a hefty fee for rescue. Paved paths thread through the central site, and there are hiking trails and horse trails (check out the nearby Academy Riding Stables) on the perimeter. Stop at the visitors center for helpful information and to learn about free programs, from bird watching to wildflower walks. Also catch the movie, which will explain how this geological wonder was formed. If there’s time, visit the adjacent, historic Rock Ledge Ranch for an insightful local history lesson.
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