City Of Rocks National Reserve

City Of Rocks National Reserve, Almo: Address, Phone Number, City Of Rocks National Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

City Of Rocks National Reserve

City Of Rocks National Reserve
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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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Marie W
Deer Lodge, MT11 contributions
We did a day hike from one of the trailheads, involving stairsteps and a steep climb back up to our starting point. This was not a problem, altho getting trail information from the Visitor Center was difficult. They are still awaiting delivery of their maps for 2020! There are signs at each trailhead, with faded, almost unreadable maps under plexiglass. Aside from that, we absolutely loved hiking and riding our mountain bikes in City of Rocks. We would go again. You must reserve a campsite in advance, and we got a site for 3 nights at Smoky Mountain, which has a fun single track you can walk or ride over to City of Rocks. The access road between the two is pretty bumpy & a bike is more fun.
Written July 1, 2020
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Benjamin R
Rexburg, ID656 contributions
I have heard about City of Rocks, and never been there until this visit. I am struggling to find adequate words to describe the dramatic boldness of this natural, national reserve, a place where Nature, in her ancient best is exposed. Surrounded by tranquil farm ground and gentle mountains, this petrified jumps out of the ground and projects beauty and power, the igneous towers and rolls of rock reminders of past ages exposed by erosion and magnificent forces under the crust of the earth. It is off the beaten path, but lovely, and teeming with life. There are many camping sites, and some public restroom facilities in the center near the car park.
Written August 7, 2020
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messier27
Fountain, CO221 contributions
Solo
Nice National Park site. Great trails. Dirt roads, but good condition. It seems to cater mostly to rock climbers; it seems that most of the formations had people climbing on them, but they deserve to have fun too. The visitor center has great rangers
Written May 17, 2021
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Don H
Kirkland, WA933 contributions
My rating does not count towards this monument as it is a spectacular natural place that you should visit.

We planned to stay 2-3 days but left after only one as the incredible number of house flies was unbearable. I counted dozens in our truck at one time. Is this place next to a cattle feedlot maybe??

Also the camping registration is not like any other national park or monument but is administered by the State of Idaho? Why? It is poorly run. Instructions on the post at each site is fine, but tell me how you are supposed to know where the pay station is?? So we returned to the visitor center to pay and the young girl working there could not even tell us if the site we picked was really available. Come on - get your act together, or better yet, let the NPS run the place like all other National Monuments.
Written October 7, 2020
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,712 contributions
Wow! This City of Rocks is out-of-the-way and so off the beaten path, but oh so wonderful. It is exactly what it says—a city of rocks—huge rocks. Huge boulders. Can’t emphasize how big these stones are—much bigger than buildings. White and varied shapes for enjoying to view or climb. Wonderful place. Very worthwhile. See the names of pioneer travelers from 1840s to 1850s. What amazing people those intrepid travelers were!
Written July 11, 2022
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icuski2
Boise, ID301 contributions
CoR has been a fond destination of ours since the kids were little. There's basically 3 things you can do there- camp, rock climb & hike. A little bit of mtn biking too. Is some good history signage in a few places. Awesome place for kids to explore and climb around. Don't forget just because it's down in southern Idaho and it's a dry, desert climate, it's high elevation so gets chilly, esp at night. We woke up to several inches of snow one Memorial Day camp trip years ago!
Written April 30, 2020
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Melissa D
West Jordan, UT297 contributions
Wonderful place to spend a day as a family. We were able to explore the historical sites with names signed in an alcove by pioneers and settlers. Our family LOVED climbing on the rocks and enjoying the view of the valley. We did stop at the visitor center which is small, but welcoming and provides a place to refill water containers. We had a great day and enjoyed our visit. It was REALLY hot so after about 1.5 hours we needed to head for home, but we really had a great time.
Written July 29, 2022
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Dexter400
Boise, ID53 contributions
We've lived in Idaho 50 years and finally managed to make it to City of Rocks. We won't make the mistake of waiting that long before going back. What an impressive place - rocks that rise majestically from the earth in shapes that resemble whimsical animals, signatures on rocks made by those traveling through on wagon trains, world class rock climbing. It's a special place.
Written September 11, 2021
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Douglas T
Los Altos, CA1,754 contributions
This is a great place for nature and for history. If you are into rock climbing it seems to be a must. Lots of information on signs and we took one of the natures and geography hikes and it was fascinating. Reading about the California Trail was also fascinating. Lots of dirt roads so the car gets dusty, but it is worth it.
Written July 17, 2020
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GoGatorsWayne
Sandy, UT755 contributions
The rocks here are neat and the history adds charm to the story. Really neat place to visit and see. Sadly, someone has vandalized some of the rocks with gaudy, large graffiti. What a shame. This is far from the beaten path, but worth a visit if you have extra time in the area. You do NOT have to rock climb the enjoy the photographic opportunities or to appreciate the history of the pioneers and natives who lived here.
Written May 26, 2020
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