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Assent V1 5
Close contact V1+ 5 PG13
Daddy's Home V4 6B
Eye sockets V0 4
Get the hang of it V2 5+
I Like Turtles V5+ 6C+
Look ma no hands V1+ 5
Owen V0+ 4+
Underbelly, The V4 6B
Unknown V1 V1 5
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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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Classic Climbing Routes at Rock City

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
Unknown V1
V5+ 6C+
I Like Turtles
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Unknown V1
V1 5 Boulder
I Like Turtles
V5+ 6C+ Boulder
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Matthias Holladay
Shiprock, Navajolands
Matthias Holladay   Shiprock, Navajolands
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! Oct 23, 2007
Joe Sambataro
Seattle, WA
Joe Sambataro   Seattle, WA
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: Dec 9, 2009
Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
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! Dec 30, 2011
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.
Feb 4, 2013
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. May 29, 2015

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