• Twin Sisters

    City Of Rocks

    National Reserve Idaho


CIRO 25th Anniversary Ceremony
25th Anniversary Ceremony
Photo by Shari Hart

The Purpose of City of Rocks National Reserve is to preserve and protect, through cooperative efforts, the scenic qualities and attributes of the California Trail landscape, historic rural setting, and granite features, while interpreting its values and managing recreation.

Many of the links from this management page will provide a first-hand look at the documents that guide us in achieving this purpose. Read the enabling legislation that created the Reserve, or become familiar with the climbing management plan and recent public involvement. Visit often and read about your government at work.

Did You Know?

Sketch of immigrants camped by their wagon on the prairie.

City of Rocks was a major landmark for emigrants traveling along the California Trail. This unique geological area provided rest and inspiration for the many weary travelers who were heading for Granite Pass and ultimately for California.