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Almo - City of Rocks National Reserve

3035 S Elba-Almo Rd

City of Rocks National Reserve lies in south-central Idaho within the northern edge of the Basin and Range geologic province. This unique area offers scenic walks near the historic California Trail and opportunities for photography, world-class technical rock climbing, hiking, bird watching mountain biking, horseback riding, picknicking, and camping.

This unique geologic area became a landmark in 1843 for California-bound emigrants. They left wagon ruts across the landscape and their signatures in axle grease on Register Rock, Camp Rock and many others. A few granite pinnacles and monoliths are in excess of sixty stories tall and 2.5 billion years old. The smooth granite faces offer exceptional rock climbing. Today, over 500 climbing routes have been identified. The visitor center, located in Almo, Idaho, and the wayside exhibits, located along main roads throughout the park, provide opportunities to become acquainted with the Reserve's historical significance and special resources.

There are 64 standard campsites with tables and fire rings. Most campsites also come equipped with a tent pad. Water stations and vault toilets are centrally located throughout the reserve.  Cabins, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, natural hot springs, auto services, and a general store, are located in Almo.


Carol Denney

Monday, April 16, 2018
Lots of interesting rock formations and scenic views. There are some hiking trails off the first overlook that we explored and enjoyed. This place also has some cool history with the graffiti from settlers on the california trail. Unfortunately this park is kind of in the middle of nowhere so be prepared to drive a while (and even on dirt/gravel roads) to get there.

Austin Garrett

Thursday, April 12, 2018
My family has been staying here for generations, even before it was a National Reserve. Great place to explore and enjoy, its cold except for the middle of summer. Bathtub Rock is a good place to start. Mecca for rock climbers.

Ben Juneau

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Great place to visit if you are a rock climber. This place is not particularly photogenic, which might be why you don't hear as much about the climbing considering it's quality and lovely atmosphere. Camping on nearby BLM land is possible to circumvent camping fees if you are on a budget.

Toasty Hug

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
I loved my time at the city of rocks. Some of the camping sites are nestled right up in the rocks which makes for a cool environment. The hiking options are spectacular with amazing views of rock formations. Numerous options for rock climbing and bouldering. If you bring a dog make sure you follow the park rules and keep it on a leash less than 6 ft long. Drones are also not allowed in the park, despite being a perfect opportunity for some cool shots! Wish you could but at least you can climb to the top Bath Rock and have a great vista of the park. It’s also an amazing spot for astrophotography.

Caleb Hiatt

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017
Love climbing in the city. It's such a great place. World class. I wish there was more camping available. Also a lot of people don't leash their dog so be ready to deal with their dog while you climb.

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