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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.


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.

Kevin Wolters

Monday, Sep. 4, 2017
The City of Rocks is a National Reserve that is an awesome family destination that affords such activities as hiking, camping and even hunting. Beautiful walks that offer scenic views near the California Trail, unequal photographic 📷 opportunities, world-class technical rock climbing, horseback riding, picnicking and birding. Since I'm a fat, lazy American, I chose to use my automobile and tour the reserve via the City of Rocks unpaved road. Make sure to hit the visitor's center in Alma, ID first for maps and brochures of this beautiful park.

David Weber

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Known best for its climbing, it is a great place to camp, hike and enjoy the views. There is a buzzard roost on top of one of the spires where you can watch dozens of birds take flight in the morning. While you are there, explore the history.

Erik Hill

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
I read that only about 100,000 people visit City of Rocks annually, which is insane to me. This place is incredible, right up there with Yellowstone or Grand Teton National parks. Can’t wait to camp there this summer.

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