• Climbers on Morning Glory Spire

    City Of Rocks

    National Reserve Idaho

Discover the "Silent City" of Rocks!

Emigrants of the California Trail describe the rocks here in vivid detail as "a city of tall spires,” “steeple rocks," and "the silent city." Today, this backcountry byway attracts rock climbers, campers, hikers, hunters, and those with the spirit of adventure. There's inspirational scenery, exceptional opportunities for geologic study, and remnants of the Old West awaiting your discovery.

Did You Know?

Old fence and sagebrush near granite rock formations.

The rural historic setting of City of Rocks National Reserve and the surrounding area reflect the traditional western rural lifestyles of the people who settled here beginning in 1869.