Entrance Fee: All vehicles must pay a $7 per day vehicle entrance fee or display an Idaho State Parks pass or annual pass on the vehicle’s windshield. Picnic shelter: $10 per day, $25 reservation fee.
In 1988, Congress designated the City of Rocks as a reservation and gave joint management to the National Park Service and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
The City of Rocks area was an important landmark on the California Trail. City of Rocks is one of the best granite rock climbing spots around. Climbers find the younger granite of Almo Pluton to be some of the best rock they have climbed. About 700 routes have been developed so far.
City of Rocks National Reserve is a climbing destination in the Northwest. It’s only about three hours from Salt Lake City, making it the closest major crag to that city.
The visitor center is open 7 days a week during the high season from mid-April to mid-October and Wednesday to Sunday during the winter months. There is no fee to enter the City of Rocks National Reserve.
Are the roads in the park paved? The roads in City of Rocks are unpaved.
City of Rocks can have varying inclines and some occasional hit or miss sandbags (commonly seen on “easier” grade trad climbs), but it’s not too bad. To be on the safe side, you can raise the grade by one (if it says 5.8, plan for 5.9).
Cellular service in City of Rocks is virtually non-existent. AT&T has good reception in most locations in Almo Valley and Castle Rocks State Park. Free WiFi is available at our Visitor Center as well as other local businesses.
Firewood collection is prohibited. Only use established campsites and fire pits. Fireworks are prohibited at all times.
Geology. The bedrock that forms the City of Rocks was created by a volcanic eruption 34.9 million years ago. Then, over millions of years, erosion formed the rock formations we see today. The eruption came from the Emory Caldera, which was centered near Hillsboro Peak at the southern end of the Black Range.
City of Rocks was born nearly 35 million years ago, when the Kneeling Nun volcano erupted, spewing turbulent clouds of hot gas and ash in thick, dense layers. The park was founded a little later – in 1952. The ash compacted in layers. Heat welded it into rock.
City of Rocks National Reserve is a pet-friendly unit of the National Park Service. Dogs and other pets are welcome on campsites and trails. While enjoying City of Rocks with your furry friends, follow these simple rules: All pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
The City of Rocks National Reserve, also known as the Silent City of Rocks, is a United States National Reserve and State Park located in south-central Idaho, about 2 miles (3.2 km) north from Idaho to the Utah border.
DOGS are prohibited throughout the park (with the exception of service animals). Dogs are allowed at nearby Sanborn County Park. HORSES are permitted on the Saratoga Toll Road, which stretches from Saratoga Gap to Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
The rock formations are great and you drive through the middle of the state park. On the way you can visit an old abandoned ranch.
You can also fish for sunfish in the lakes at the foot of the dunes; Unlock the mysteries of the desert on a breathtaking hike or horseback ride; Plan a group picnic or visit the Bruneau Dunes Observatory (outside COVID-19 times) and marvel at the night sky through the observatory’s telescope collection.
City of Rocks takes its name from the incredible volcanic rock formations found here. The park covers a one square mile area in the scenic Chihuahuan Desert region of southwestern New Mexico at an elevation of 5,200 feet.
Popular since the 1970’s, City of Rocks granite is internationally renowned among rock climbers. There are over 600 traditional and sporty routes here. Climbs vary from 30 to 600 feet and range from a relatively easy 5.6 to an extremely difficult 5.14.