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City Of Rocks National Reserve

3035 Elba Almo Rd, Almo, ID 83312-9700
+1 208-824-5901
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A great getaway even if you're not a climber

My wife and I visited for our 31st wedding anniversary in late September. There are lots of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RedDog323
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Hamilton Montana
Silent City of Rocks

We visited late in the season, just before Thanksgiving, for hiking with kids on a sunny day... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nicole F
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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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“the reserve” (11 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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3035 Elba Almo Rd, Almo, ID 83312-9700
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited for our 31st wedding anniversary in late September. There are lots of beautiful trails through the area, where we enjoyed not only the pinnacles but the birds, wildlife and high desert trees. This is the northernmost pinon forest in the...More

Thank RedDog323
Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks RedDog323 for providing a thorough review, and we are glad to read your visit was enjoyable.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited late in the season, just before Thanksgiving, for hiking with kids on a sunny day. Really beautiful with clean, crisp air. There was 1, occasionally 3 inches, snow in higher elevations, but the lower areas were dry. The hiking was great and the...More

Thank Nicole F
Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review Nichole F. Although the national reserve and adjacent Castle Rocks State Park are open year-round, we don't see to many "off-season" reviews from visitors. You picked a great time to be here. Come again!

Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

This dute was appreciated by emmigrants on bothe the Califirnia and Mormon Trails. You can see replicas of their wsgons at the visitor center. This reserve is better known to rock climbers because of the many challenging formations to climb. Bur iur rock climbing and...More

Thank dawnaddy2017
Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Hi Dawnaddy2017, Thank you for your review!

Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Spent the day hiking here with a group. The trails are well marked, though there are a lot of unmarked climber trails to access the different climbing routes, so pay attention. The views are amazing and there are trails and climbs for all ability levels....More

Thank Rodney B
Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Hi Rodney B, Thanks for the review!

Reviewed 26 September 2017

The rock formations are super and you drive right through the state park. You can check out an old abandoned ranch along the way. You can see inscriptions from people long ago on the California trail written in the rocks. A very cool place!

Thank 63impala
Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Hi 63impala, Stop by the visitor center in Almo for auto touring booklets! Thanks for the review

Reviewed 19 September 2017

Visited after it was recommended by a fellow traveler. It was a rather long drive but was an exciting discovery! The ranger gave me great information on hiking and view points. The names on Camp Rock were amazing. See this before they are gone. The...More

Thank louh332
Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thanks louh33. We appreciate the review!

Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Heard about this place 40 years ago. It is amazing. A climbing Mecca. We camped and had an amazing site. A little alcove with rocks on three sides. Great hiking the first day and Rick scrambling the next.

Thank Rich S
Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Thanks Rich for the review, and come again!

Reviewed 11 September 2017

We visited here on 8/25 and 8/26/17. The roads through the reserve are all dirt roads but we found them in good condition and suitable for a passenger car or SUV. The rocks are great for climbing and there are some fun day hikes. The...More

Thank Peter K
Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Thanks Peter for the review. Glad to hear you had a good time.

Reviewed 10 September 2017

This National Reserve is actually run by the state of Idaho, not the National Park Service. The location is definitely in the middle of nowhere, with very few, if any, facilities. The small visitor center is practically at the end of the road, with the...More

Thank Joe J
Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thanks Joe! Yep, lots to do - climbing, historic trails, hiking, camping, photography, hunting, birding, fishing... The visitor center is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Reviewed 27 August 2017

Was happy we stopped off at the visitor center to get the lay of the land. When we were there, most of the visitors talking to the ranger were interested in the climbing options. The ranger was *very* knowledgeable (clearly an experienced climber herself). She...More

Thank chipnchair
Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Hi chipnchair, Thanks for the review!

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crystalbcochran
27 June 2017|
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Response from Wallace K | Property representative |
Speaking as the park superintendent, I appreciate the previous responses. We are a dog friendly park, but owners must keep them leashed, and also prevent them from digging in the vegetation, especially at climbing staging... More
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