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City of Rocks National Reserve

3035 S Elba-Almo Rd
208824-5901

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.



Reviews

Jeff Hagen

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Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
A surprising geologic wonder in Southern Idaho. However the day I went the weather was quite hazy and warm from surrounding wildfires. I think it would be gorgeous in the fall or spring. Definitely a great place to embark on rock climbing with somebody who is experienced. It is also remote enough that if you were to Camp there on a clear night you could probably get excellent stargazing opportunities.

Arthur Brown

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Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
This place is remarkable. Decent granite climbing in the middle of farm central. Bathrooms all over the place, and fun easy trails like Window Arch that our kids loved. Also, very cool historical place, with emigrant rock. I was bugged that ranchers can just let their cows wander and defecate everywhere, and that half of the good climbs are on private, closed off ranch land. I would like to see more of it purchased by the federal government and protected.

Josie Wilson

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Great place to camp and let the kids climb on the rocks. Watch out for the low growing cactus. Bring some tweezers... my kids had a blast. Facilities were clean and well stocked. Reservation policy is a bit of a bummer, though. People reserve a spot and the whole area gets booked but sometimes people don't show and the site goes unused. Beautiful area and we will go back!

Jonah Small

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Friday, July 20, 2018
Visited over a weekend for climbing. Absolutely loved the granite and became a big fan of the grippy nature of this rock. Visiting here - especially when going deeper into the city - felt like a surreal playground where hikers and climbers could spend weeks and still feel entertained. I loved the networks of huge granite structures interlaced with greenery. The trails were well maintained.

Jenn Holt

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Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
Loved it here, would have liked to camp. Will definitely return to camp among the giant rocks one day. Graded 37 mile dirt road into the park, so don’t come in a sports care. Really cool park if you like geology or astronomy (dark sky park).

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