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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

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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Fairy tale rockscape.

Visited this area for a picknick and the short geo-walk. Stunning rock formations and beautiful views. Where else do you get to see and touch 2.5 billion year old rock? Do visit... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2016
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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60 reviews
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Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Visited this area for a picknick and the short geo-walk. Stunning rock formations and beautiful views. Where else do you get to see and touch 2.5 billion year old rock? Do visit the visitor centre in Almo: the friendly stage will support you with a handy map to make the most of your visit.

1 Thank Tychot
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189 reviews
155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

A wide range of moderate rock climbing routes (5.6-5.9) abound at this marvellous place. Most of them are single pitch, but with a little effort you can climb the 6 pitch 5.8 route on Steinfells Dome. Excellent camping in secluded spots through the park, make sure you get one in the shade at this time of year. #37 is pretty... More 

1 Thank Kevin P
Portland, Oregon
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81 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2016

We were driving through Idaho with 5 and 7 year old kids and this was a great place to let the kids climb around. The rock formations were impressive and we really enjoyed the drive through the park. The roads are not paved, so the car ended up pretty dirty.

1 Thank Luanne S
Fort Collins, Colorado
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56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2016

What a relaxing week at City of Rocks National Monument! We stayed at Smokey Mountain Campground in adjacent Castle Rocks State Park. The aerial antics of Rufus, Black Chin, and Broadtail hummingbirds were our evening's entertainment. The "City" is situated in a broad valley of sagebrush, pinon, and juniper. Livestock far outnumber the human population. So quiet, peaceful. Rich in... More 

1 Thank drczap
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2016

We are not very experienced rock climbers so we hired a really good local guide to take our teenage children rockclimbing. he was excellent. he was very patient with them. I would strongly suggest this as a unique activity for your family but make sure that you get a good guide. The views are amazing and so unique. you won't... More 

Thank NatalieG111
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2016

The City of Rocks is a fantastic spot in the desert. It boast world-class climbing and something for everyone. Bath Rock is easy enough to scramble up without gear, and there are great places for more advanced climbers as well. The scenery alone is worth the trip.

Thank Katie T
Stanley, Idaho
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207 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2016

Love this place. Rocks multicoloured and -shaped. I got great photos due to late afternoon light. Try going after rain. No nearby eats, so take lunch with you or plan to eat somewhere on your way back home.

2 Thank KeithHruza
Tyler, Texas
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2016

The City of Rocks is beautiful and I would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the 5 miles of dirt road to get there. This place is off the beaten path but well worth the ride and the ride itself is beautiful as well. There were large outcroppings of rock randomly scattered and each one unique. There... More 

1 Thank James G
Logan, Utah
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51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Love camping here. We aren't rock climbers but its fun to watch. There are plenty of trails for families. Also tons to climb on for young to old. Feels very isolated. No phone service. Which I love. But you drive down to "town" and there is a hot mineral pool. Pizza and steak place. Wonderful for when in rains. The... More 

Thank 4Lj2
Westport, Connecticut
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Reviewed April 14, 2016

The drive to the City of Rocks is wonderful. Actual small western towns that are original. We stopped at the visitor center. Watched the historic film then wandered into the park. Beautiful. We are not back country hikers and climbers...this area is made for that! We wandered around, did a short hike into an area that is clearly the CITY... More 

Thank Betsy R

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