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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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First time visit

Visited City of Rocks for the first time on Monday, March 26. It’s a beautiful drive via Interstate... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jamied49er
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Very cool park

This is a large national reserve with very interesting rock formations. There's a variety of trails... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2018
Sarah S
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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3035 Elba Almo Rd, Almo, ID 83312-9700
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited City of Rocks for the first time on Monday, March 26. It’s a beautiful drive via Interstate 84. The reserve is awesome. A thin layer of snow made all the rock structures even more impressive. The reserve has dirt roads. Because of the snow...More

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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you jamied49er for your review. It is true, maintaining roads this time of year is a challenge. Yesterday the roads were dusty dry, but today we are getting snow! Call ahead for current road conditions at 208-824-5901.

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

This is a large national reserve with very interesting rock formations. There's a variety of trails and we had a bit of a time deciding where to start. There are some rocks with signatures/writings from pioneers. My boys did the Junior Ranger program.

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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thanks Sarah S for your review. If you visit again, let us provide you with some helpful trail maps. We are glad to hear that your boys participated in the Junior Ranger program.

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Reviewed 16 January 2018

We took a spontaneous trip to the City of Rocks after visiting some nearby cities. We didn't know a lot about this place besides it was more of a climber's getaway. We had so much fun! With one little one and three dogs and four...More

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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thanks CW K for review, and we are pleased you had a great visit. The off-season visitor center hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday and winter state holidays). Beginning Mid-April through Mid-October 2018, the visitor center is...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

We went here for our anniversary trip. Stayed at the Almo Inn and took a drive through the city of rocks twice. It is such a cool place to visit. No where like it in the world. We have family history tied to it, but...More

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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Thanks Outdoorgirlidaho for the review. We are glad to hear you had a good visit!

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

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

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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2017

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

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

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

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Wallace K, Manager at City Of Rocks National Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2017

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!

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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

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

Hi Dawnaddy2017, Thank you for your review!

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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

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

Hi Rodney B, Thanks for the review!

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Reviewed 27 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!

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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

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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

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

Thanks louh33. We appreciate 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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