• Climbers on Morning Glory Spire

    City Of Rocks

    National Reserve Idaho

Climbing Experience Program

Staging the climb

Preparing for the ascent on Bath Rock

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City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park are premier rock climbing destinations in the United States.

The climbing experience program offers visitors an introduction to the experience of climbing outdoors in a supervised setting.

Trained employees lead first-time climbers on fun easy routes to experience the Reserve's most popular recreation.

 
Ascending Bath Rock

Ascending Bath Rock

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The Climbing Experience Program is not a guiding or outfitting operation. Visitors do not choose what they will climb, who will take them, or where the activity will take place. The program is intended for beginners or inexperienced visitors. The program is not intended to be a class or workshop instruction, but participants will be exposed to concepts, techniques, and equipment. The program is an excellent introduction to formal climbing instruction.

Participating visitors will be required to sign a waiver/release form. If the participant is under 18, the waiver must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Youths ages 10-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Youth Group is four or more youth, must include 1 active adult supervisor per four youth. Maximum participants is 8 youths and two adult supervisors.

What to bring:

  • closed toe shoes
  • shorts to the knee or long pants
  • water
  • sunscreen
  • camera

Rates:

1 Adult $37.50 2 hours total time
2 Adults $75.00 2-3 hours total time
3 Adults $100.00 3 hours total time
4 Adults $120.00 3 hours total time
1 Youth $20.00 1 hour (2 or more youths 2-3 hours total time)

Youth
Group (4)

$80.00 3 hours, (over 4 youths add $10.00 per additional youth up to a maximum of 6 youths). Groups with 8 youths will be scheduled split sessions.


 
On top of Bath Rock

On top of Bath Rock

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Make Your Reservations Now!

Visitors interested in participating in the climbing experience program can make a reservation by:

  • calling the City of Rocks visitor center at (208) 824-5901
  • e-mail us
  • stop by the City of Rocks visitor center located at 3035 Elba-Almo Road, Almo, Idaho

Walk-ins welcome!

 

Did You Know?

Twin Sisters granite spires against a summer sky.

The Twin Sisters in City of Rocks National Reserve are made up of different rocks. The darker sister is made of granite that is 2.5 billion years old and is some of the oldest rock in the Lower 48 states. The lighter sister is made of granite from a younger formation that is 25 million years old.