Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a reservation to visit City of Rocks?
No, you don't need a reservation to visit City of Rocks. However, reservations are recommended if you plan to spend the night during the summer months. Reservations can either be made online at www.idahoparks.org, or by calling (866) 634-3246 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. MST.
Are there campsites that accommodate RV's?
City of Rocks has 5 campsites that will accommodate RV's, however the park does not provide RV services.
A unit of Castle Rocks State Park, the Smoky Mountain campground, offers 38 sites. Each campsite is is equipped with 30 amp electrical service, and water service. An RV dump station and shower house are conveniently located at the Smoky Mountain campground.
Are the roads paved?
The roads are not paved.
How big is the park?
City of Rocks encompasses 14,407 acres of land. There is approximately 12 miles of road within the park.
Are pets allowed in the park?
Yes. Pets are welcome in the park, but must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet, or confined to your camper.
Can I drive my ATV in the park?
No. The U.S. Forest Service provides Travel Plan Maps that identify open and closed roads and trails, closure dates, and other details that will help you plan an enjoyable ride. The Bureau of Land Management also has information available on riding areas.
Is hunting allowed on the Reserve?
Yes. Where hunting is allowed, seasons and bag limits are regulated by the Idaho Fish and Game Department. A hunting license and game tag must accompany the hunter at all times. Before hunting, contact the Idaho Fish and Game Department for information on types of hunts, location maps, seasons, and current regulations.
Is drinking water available?
Yes. Drinking water is available at the Emery Canyon Picnic area and at the Bath Rock parking lot.
What services are available locally?
Did You Know?
Beginning in 1843, City of Rocks was a landmark for emigrants on the California Trail. At the height of emigration, in 1852, some 52,000 people passed through City of Rocks on the way to California goldfields. Today, City of Rocks National Reserve protects over 6 miles of this historic trail.