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City Of Rocks National Reserve

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Address: 3035 Elba-Almo Rd, Almo, ID 83312-0169
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+1 208 824 5901
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Numerous granite formations, some 70 stories tall, attract world-class rock...

Numerous granite formations, some 70 stories tall, attract world-class rock climbers. The Reserve protects 6.2 miles of the California National Historic Trail, and features emigrant signatures written in axle grease. Idaho's only pinyon pine forest is within the 14,407-acre Reserve. Activities include camping, climbing, hiking, horseback riding, photography, birding, wildflower watching, hunting, and geological and historical discovery. The Reserve is a unit of the National Park System and is managed on site by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. The visitor center is located in the gateway village of Almo,which provides food, gas, lodging, hot springs, and authentic, rural wester charm. Castle Rocks State Park is also located within a few miles.

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Little known gem

We wanted a place to go backpacking in the spring and a friend recommended the City of Rocks. We'd never heard of it before but had a fantastic time. We saw more hawks and owls... read more

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Seattle
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted a place to go backpacking in the spring and a friend recommended the City of Rocks. We'd never heard of it before but had a fantastic time. We saw more hawks and owls than people and were fascinated with the unique geology of the area. All of the lower trails were snow free (end of March); the days... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

When driving to the southwest, we usually rush down I 84 on our way to Salt Lake. This time, we decided to slow it down and look at some of the more obscure sites. The side trip to the City of Rocks visitor center and on to the actual rocks is well worth the time. Visitor center is small but... More 

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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to come visit City of Rocks National Reserve and for providing a review of the park. This year the area has received unusual amounts of snowfall followed by temperature extremes that have left the roads muddy and rutted. While the roads into the park are under the jurisdiction of Cassia County Road and Bridge... More 

Cottage Grove, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Went with my parents, wife, and toddler. My dad and I loved the Oregon Trail graffiti and the rocks were fun even for our daughter to climb over. There were campsites right into rock formations, some with windows. I hope someday we can go back and camp and hike! The visitor center was very helpful and helped us plan our... More 

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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and taking the time to give City of Rocks a review. More 

Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We went on a Monday so the visitors' centre was closed. We didn't get a chance to ask for information on the road conditions. We downloaded an automobile self tour and was excited about the tour. There was a sign at the entry point that stated that roads weren't maintained but the road was not closed. We decided to try... More 

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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We have posted road conditions and closures on our official website, social media sites, and through press releases to mainstream media. In these releases we have advised motorists not to enter the Reserve by vehicle due to the slick and dangerous conditions. The public should also understand that the Reserve does not have jurisdiction over... More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

We love rocks so we absolutely loved this drive through City of Rocks Reserve. We stayed the night at the campground ($12.72 per night) and wow what a view we had right in the middle of the rocks! Have stayed here once before and loved it so much we came again. Had snow flurries while here in October. Loved climbing... More 

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wfkeck, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this review

Thanks Rita J for the rating, and we are glad you had a good trip. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We loved our drive through this beautiful place! It really was stunning. We went on a 1.5 mile hike called Geological Interpretive hike. The weather was perfect and the scenery was gorgeous. We drove through the rest of the park and had a great day. We'd love to come back and go on some longer hikes. This was a great... More 

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wfkeck, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this review

Thanks Natsy42 for rating us, and we are glad you had a good visit. It sounds like you may have gotten disoriented on your way out of the park to your next destination. Let us know if some additional signage might help. More 

Boise, Idaho
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

We went thru the City of Rocks Visitors Center and scheduled a Rock Climbing Experience. Price was perfect... $20/person. That includes the shoes, helmets, and climbing harness. Check out THINGS TO DO on their website. Jeremiah was a great guide and gave pointers on how to be a smooth and purposeful climber. My teens are beginners and totally loved the... More 

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wfkeck, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this review

Thanks Mindy c for the review, and we are glad to hear your family enjoyed the Climbing Experience Program! More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Didn't know what to expect. The formation are great, rock climbers delight and if you have kids with you they will love running and climing also. You can spend an hour or a week. We loved it! We didn't see any hotels, so you'd have to tent it or bring an RV.

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wfkeck, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this review

Thanks Kristiptrsn for the rating and review. We are glad you had a good visit. There are a number of lodging opportunities in the Gateway community of Almo. Overnight guests may choose from yurts, cabins, apartments, Lodges, and hotel. The full-service campground at Smoky Mountain offers 38 sites, and there are More 

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Reviewed 5 September 2016

Looks like giants were playing marbles with the rocks! Wonderful hiking. Being not familiar with this place we should have hired a guide. A lot of the routs that was marked sport was very loosely bolted or some of the bolts were cut off. We never did find the original climb we wanted to do but had tons of fun... More 

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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

This is truly a magical place. We have been here numerous times and yet, every year, I am excited to arrive and enjoy my time in and around the City of Rocks. I don't climb the rocks but I love to drive my RZR around and enjoy all there is to see. The history of the pioneers is worth the... More 

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