Fifty miles south of Burley on routes 27 and 77 to Oakley and Almo.
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amidst the mountain peaks of the Albion Mountain Range lies City of Rocks
National Reserve. Embracing a sagebrush steppe valley, spectacular granite
rock formations, pinyon/juniper tree stands and alpine-like meadows, the
reserve presents an inspirational landscape. Recreational activities include
hiking, wildlife viewing, picnicking, rock climbing, backpacking, Nordic
skiing, photography and horseback riding. The City of Rocks Visitor Center
is located in Almo. An all-weather route through Almo is open year-round.
The road via Oakley is closed during winter months.
Some of the granitic rock formations here are 2.5 billion years old. They are some of the oldest formations found in the continental United States. The fantastic rocks are shaped by weathering. Many people see animals, faces, or buildings in the rocks. What you see is limited only by your imagination.
City of Rocks is one of the finest granite-crag rock-climbing sites anywhere. About 700 routes have been described to date. One hundred-to 300-foot spires provide most of the climbing opportunities, although there are 600-foot spires which provide all-day adventures. Privately published climbing guides, available for sale at Reserve headquarters, are the best source of information for the serious climber. Check at headquarters for climbing restrictions.
The City of Rocks area was an important landmark on the California Trail. Pioneer diaries from 1840 on describe the rocks in vivid detail as “a city of tall spires,” “steeple rocks” and a display of “all manner of fantastic shapes.”
Camping is available at designated primitive sites. Camping fees are applicable.
Additional information about City of Rocks National Reserve, see the National Parks Service website.
Location: 3010 Elba Almo Rd, Almo, ID (Off Idaho
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 169, Almo, ID 83312
- Are dogs allowed?
Yes - leash at all times
- Do you take reservations?
- Is there fishing?