We love our day trips in Great Falls, Montana. Minutes away are diverse landscapes with varying opportunities for adventures. We’ve seen pictures of Rock City from our followers on Instagram but haven’t been there ourselves. So, when a team member had her family visit, they made the day trip to see Rock City and saw the rock formations that are out of this world.
Rock City is about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Great Falls, Montana.
Low clearance vehicles may have issues on the dirt/gravel road on the final miles to the parking area for Rock City.
Trust us: It is there. You can’t see it when driving up to it though, so you may question its existence.
Here is the Lat and Long for the parking area: 48.443643, -112.257444
It is a gorgeous drive out to Rock City. We took our SUV and easily made it there on the last few miles of the gravel/dirt road. We heard that some cars with lower clearances might struggle, so be mindful when driving the route. My parents visited and we made sure that Rock City was on our list of things to do while they were in Great Falls. When we were driving there, my parents thought we were pranking them since we didn’t see any sign that Rock City exists. But don’t worry, it does. Once you get to the parking area, you look down at the unique rock formations, varying from small to large. Birch Creek runs behind the stunning formations (or is it Two Medicine?), and the creek was quite muddy when we were there in late August. We brought a cooler for some refreshments while hiking, and snacks too.
We couldn’t stop talking about how crazy the landscape was, and it didn’t seem like we were in Montana, let alone this world. So, what are the rocks? They are eroded sandstone pillars and hoodoos, begging for you to climb on them and take photos of.
They are about 10 to a little over 20 feet tall, so some areas a little more adventurous than others. We went by two cliff areas, and wow it was beautiful. We spent a little over an hour there, but would have spent more time there if we had more food. I suggest spending about 2 to 3 hours there, and going closer to sunset to get the best of the land and the sky.
Mari is the Content Director for Great Falls, Montana Tourism and loves all the adventure that the area has to offer. She is always looking for the next area to hike, and is constantly chasing sunsets. If you have a day hike recommendation, send it her way! She is also looking for photos taken at sunset at Rock City.