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Submitted By: bill urbanski on Aug 16, 2011
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Description 

Collection of about 200 sandstone concretions just outside of Minneapolis, Kansas. Bouldering only.

Getting There 

Rock City is 3 1/2 miles south of Minneapolis off Highway 106, or about 20 miles north of Salina at Exit 250 on I-70.

There is a small gift shop where Rock City, Inc., the local non-profit corporation that operates the park, collects a $3 fee. There is a bucket to leave money when the gift shop is closed.

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Weather station 3.1 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',2],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Front side of problem

Look ma no hands V1+ 5  Kansas : Rock City
To the L of 'Unknown' route on same boulder. Starting low, smear and match on large jug, then jump to large pocket on top with RH; left heel hook on a ledge, then use the first jug to top out. Get down from the R side of the boulder or jump off...[more]   Browse More Classics in Kansas

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Toping out... Some rocks have endless traverses
Toping out... Some rocks have endless traverses
rock city
rock city
Good routes, face and cracks.
BETA PHOTO: Good routes, face and cracks.
Photo of me at Rock City, KS.
Photo of me at Rock City, KS.
nice features...
nice features...
A good distraction from the long drive to see fami...
BETA PHOTO: A good distraction from the long drive to see fami...
me bouldering one of the "tallest" bould...
me bouldering one of the "tallest" bould...
trying to get up as many easy problems as I can be...
trying to get up as many easy problems as I can be...
rock city
rock city
rough topo with rough grade suggestions. smaller b...
BETA PHOTO: rough topo with rough grade suggestions. smaller b...
On one of the taller boulders.
On one of the taller boulders.
Beautiful day...nice break from the monotony of I7...
Beautiful day...nice break from the monotony of I7...
some of the cool features...
some of the cool features...
Rock Hammock!
Rock Hammock!
Matt stretching his legs at Rock City
Matt stretching his legs at Rock City
Some of the bigger boulders in the back of the par...
Some of the bigger boulders in the back of the par...
First Ascent of Owen
First Ascent of Owen
Fun boulders in the plains.
BETA PHOTO: Fun boulders in the plains.
Problem is "Owen." so named for the name...
BETA PHOTO: Problem is "Owen." so named for the name...
getting sweaty for the road
getting sweaty for the road
2004 on my way to Wyoming. Good camping nearby at ...
2004 on my way to Wyoming. Good camping nearby at ...

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By Matthias Holladay
From: Durango, Colorado
Oct 23, 2007
This place is pretty fun. Locals were quirky...My girls and I stopped here for an hour or so whilst jamming cross country. Albeit it was spring and not terribly hot, but we had a blast bouldering and I got a break from driving!
By Joe Sambataro
From: Seattle, WA
Dec 9, 2009
On our drive from CO to Lawrence, KS, we stopped on the way there and back to stretch the legs. Fun place with 12 climbable boulders and about 40 problems from V0 to V3, and maybe a V4 here and there. I really enjoy arriving at an area with no beta to climb whatever looks fun. I uploaded an amateur video here:

By Aaron James Parlier
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From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Dec 30, 2011
This place looks awesome... How big are the boulders? Are there any boulder problems that are noteworthy? Any rules/regulations/access issues? Do you have any other pictures?

Id like to stop by here on my way to/from Hueco Tanks, I would love some more info... Thanks!
By KSExplorer
Feb 4, 2013
Rock City is open year round and invites all visitors to climb and crawl around our boulders. Covering 5 acres of shaded Kansas prairie, they are the largest calcite-cemented concretions in the world and one of the 8 Georgraphical Wonders of Kansas. Rock City is conveniently located just 3.5 miles south of Minneapolis, KS on Highway 106, just 15 minutes north of I-70 via interstate Highway 81. Enjoy the picnic area and nature trail when you visit. There are public restrooms on site and the Rock City Gift Shop is open May through September.

These formations served as important landmarks for early settlers passing by in covered wagons and for countless generations of Native American Indians before them. Rock City is a National Natural Landmark.
Photo courtesy of Eldon Clark, Minneapolis, KS
Photo courtesy of Eldon Clark, Minneapolis, KS
By NatashaDH
May 29, 2015
A nice place for beginners to practice techniques safely-even ground with mowed grass everywhere. It looks like a boulder jungle gym and is great for kids of all ages as well as some of the boulders are tiny. The rock is a gritty sandstone, which can be sharp and sometimes pokey (finger tape is a good idea to avoid flappers); bug spray for the mosquitos (creek nearby).

Tables and benches, a gazebo and a very quiet location make this a great picnic/lunch break stop on the way to somewhere else (no food locally available besides sodas, chips and candy). Friendly lady on staff. Minneapolis nearby is the quintessential little town and has a nice Donut shop.
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