Climbing Safety

Climb Safe Reminders

  1. Double check route beta.
    - Consult a climbing guide. Various options are available for purchase at the Visitor Center, or ask to review our Desk Copy.
    - Check The Mountain Project Website for photos and climber-contributed suggestions on appropriate gear, route approach, etc.
  2. Use safety gear.
    - Helmets are highly recommended.
    - Double check harnesses and knots on climber and belayer every route, every time.
  3. *Always* tie a safety knot at the end of your rope.
For additional climbing info please contact Ranger Stephen King: (208) 824-5917, stephen_king@

Climbing Accidents

Climbing has inherent risks. Even the best climbers make errors or can be injured from equipment failure. Most accidents result from miscommunication or belay failures. If you or your partner become injured while climbing at City of Rocks, consider taking the following actions:

1. Stabilize the injurey and provide first aid.
2. Enlist the assistance of other nearby climbers or visitors.
3. Attempt to call 911 by cell phone (you just might have coverage) - the larger cell phone providers have coverage once you are in Almo.
4. Send someone to locate a park employee, or continue to drive to Almo (Visitor Center or Ranger Residence).

Usually within 30 minutes of an accident, local QRU, Park Rangers, and County Deputies are enroute to the site of the accident. Self rescues and self transportation to medical facilities for climbing injuries are not necessarily your best choice. Park Rangers, Almo QRU, and County Sheriff's Department can respond and provide first level care at no cost to the injured. Ambulance and Lifeflight services are generally available within 30-45 minutes of receiving a request.

Last updated: January 4, 2020

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

City of Rocks National Reserve
P.O. Box 169

Almo, ID 83312



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