Hunting and Archery

Archery Deer Hunter in City of Rocks
Hunting is allowed in the Reserve and nearby Castle Rocks State Park.

Sheena Harper

Hunting

Some visitors are surprised to learn that hunting is permitted in this unit of the National Park System, but prior to the creation of the Reserve in 1988, hunting was a traditional use of the state, federal, and private lands. Congress intended for that use to continue when it created Public Law 100-512. State and federal land around the Reserve, such as Castle Rocks State Park, Sawtooth National Forest, and BLM, are also open to hunting.

Hunters should take note of the following:

  • Shooting from a public highway or discharging any firearm from or across a public highway, campsite, parking lot, building structure, or access road is prohibited.
  • Field dressing or disposing of animal waste in campsites or garbage cans is prohibited.
  • Hunters may use motorized vehicles only on established and authorized roadways. Off‐road travel by ATV, OHV, UTV, etc. is prohibited.
  • Over 4,000 acres of private property is located within City of Rocks National Reserve boundary; respect private property rights. Boundary, land ownership and trail maps are available at the visitor center.

For Idaho hunting regulations and seasons (especially for Unit 55), visit the Idaho Fish and Game website.

 
Girl stands with her bow next to her arrow in the vital organs of a 3-d foam mountain goat target
Archery hunters of all ages will enjoy the 3-D archery range.

Archery

3-D Archery Course

Before heading out, stop by the 3-D archery course for some target practice! Inside nearby Castle Rocks State Park are more than 20 stations set-up for you and your bow. Shot distance ranges from 20 yards to 60 yards depending on target size. The larger animals such as moose and elk are up to 60 yards away, while smaller animals, like the jackalope, are set up for a much shorter range. Each life-sized foam wildlife target is realistically colored and marked with kill zones.

If your organization would like to reserve the archery course for tournaments or exclusive events, call the park visitor center at (208) 824-5910.
 
Please note that there is an additional fee of $3/per day per person to enter the course, on top of the paying to enter Castle Rocks State Park.
 

PRO A TIP:

To avoid paying $5 each time you drive into Castle Rocks State Park, you can buy a $10 annual Idaho parks passport at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Castle Rocks State Park is open from 7:00 am - 10:00 pm daily.

Last updated: May 2, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

City of Rocks National Reserve
P.O. Box 169

Almo, ID 83312

Phone:

208-824-5901

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