National Parks / Natural World

City Of Rocks Almo

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City Of Rocks
PO Box 169
Almo
ID
83312
Tel: (208) 824-5519

Directions

rom Boise, take I-84 East to exit 216 (Declo); go south on Idaho 77 to Conner Creek, then southwest on the Elba-Almo road to the visitor center in Almo and the park entrance. From Pocatello, take I-86 West to I-84 West to exit 216 and proceed as above. From Ogden and the Wasatch Front, take I-84 west to exit 245 (Sublette) and go west to Malta. From Malta take Idaho 77 to Conner Creek, then southwest on the Elba-Almo road to the visitor center in Almo and the park entrance. There is a seasonal summer route from Burley (Idaho 27) to Oakley, then south along the City of Rocks Back Country Byway.

Where are we going today?

This unique geologic area became a landmark in 1843 for California-bound emigrants. They left wagon ruts across the landscape and their signatures in axle grease on Register Rock, Camp Rock and many others. A few granite pinnacles and monoliths are in excess of sixty stories tall and 2.5 billion years old. The smooth granite faces offer exceptional rock climbing. Today, over 500 climbing routes have been identified.
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    City of Rocks (plural) State Park is a delightful place to camp, climb, stargaze, relax and unwind. Located inside a triangle with points at Deming, Silver City and Hatch, the City of Rocks is comfortably close to the highway (US 180) and remote enough from those cities to avoid the bright lights of town. Family cars can easily navigate all the gravel-dirt roads to find a camp or parking site if they choose, or enjoy the educational opportunities in the museum at headquarters. There is a modest entry fee. Live Oak trees and some flowers dot...Read More

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    Great place to visit. Breath taken place.

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    Really cool park... wish we had more time. Great campsites, beautiful vistas. It was snowing, which made it even more magical.

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    Really just a super cool, super chill state park out in the middle of no where.

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    Loved it

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by Jim Mott

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City of Rocks (plural) State Park is a delightful place to camp, climb, stargaze, relax and unwind. Located inside a triangle with points at Deming, Silver City and Hatch, the City of Rocks is comfortably close to the highway (US 180) and remote enough from those cities to avoid the bright lights of town. Family cars can easily navigate all the gravel-dirt roads to find a camp or parking site if they choose, or enjoy the educational opportunities in the museum at headquarters. There is a modest entry fee. Live Oak trees and some flowers dot the vicinity of the "semi-organized" tuff rocks in this dry and lower altitude ecosystem. Climbing the rocks and finding the wildlife have occupied my kids for many hours, but adult supervision is advisable. I have found some well-fed rattlers and have great respect for them, along with concern for the safety of visitors who may not realize the risk associated with even "little" falls from the rocks. The Milky Way is truly beautiful from the darkened park. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and sturdy shoes!

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