Located less than one hour south of Burley, City of Rocks National Reserve is one of Southern Idaho's best backcountry adventures. The 14,407-acre Reserve is situated at the south end of the Albion Mountains, and features towering granite pinnacles, fins, and domes.
Emigrants of the California Trail (1843-1882) 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.
Nearby Castle Rocks State Park exhibits similar scenic beauty, climbing, miles of hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, and shaded picnic areas beside Almo Creek. Castle Rocks also offers several overnight lodging accomodations and a large picnic shelter.
The Visitor Center for both the Reserve and State Park is located in the historic village of Almo. The Visitor Center is open seven days a week mid-April to mid-October, and Tuesday through Saturday during the winter months.
The village of Almo was established in 1878, and remains an unincorporated community of deeply-rooted families of cattle ranching heritage. Basic services are available, such as fuel, groceries, camping supplies, restaurants, lodging, post office, and hot springs.
Whether you're just passing through or staying for a week, let us help you make the most of your visit and create life long memories. Visit our Things To Do page for the most popular activities and opportunities.
Last updated: December 10, 2020