City Of Rocks National Reserve

City Of Rocks National Reserve

Planning Your Visit


City of Rocks National Reserve lies in south-central Idaho on the northern edge of the Great Basin. This unique area offers scenic walks near the historic California Trail and opportunities for wildlife watching, photography, world-class technical rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and camping.

The visitor center located in Almo and wayside exhibits located along main roads through the park, provide opportunities to become acquainted with the Reserve's significance and special resources.

There are 64 standard campsites with tables and fire rings. Most campsites also have a tent pad. Water stations and vault toilets are centrally located through out the reserve.

Cabins, bed & breakfasts, general store, natural hot spring, auto service, and restaurant are located in Almo.


Getting There

From Boise, take I-84 East to exit 216 (Declo); go south on Idaho 77 to Conner Creek, then southwest on the Elba-Almo road to the visitor center in Almo and the park entrance. From Pocatello, take I-86 West to I-84 West to exit 216 and proceed as above. From Ogden and the Wasatch Front, take I-84 west to exit 245 (Sublette) and go west to Malta. From Malta take Idaho 77 to Conner Creek,  then southwest on the Elba-Almo road to the visitor center in Almo and the park entrance. There is a seasonal summer route from Burley (Idaho 27) to Oakley, then south along the City of Rocks Back Country Byway.


The nearest air service is Burley (charter) 45 miles north, Twin Falls (85 miles NW), Salt Lake City (170 miles SE), Boise (215 miles NW), Pocatello (100 miles NE).

Public Transportation

There is no public transportation to the reserve.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Visitor Center:

Summer: April 1 through October 31

Daily, 7 days a week: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Winter: November 1 through March 31

Monday - Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on holidays.

Reservations: Call toll free number (866) 634-3246 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (MST) or by visiting us at

Visitor Center One Day Closure

City of Rocks Visitor Center will be closed Tuesday, May 27, 2008 for All-Employee Orientation

Fees & Reservations


Day use and entrance fees

Single Use Camping
$12.00 + tax - Day
The camping fee for one vehicle and one site is $12.00 + tax per night. $5.00 + tax is charged for an extra vehicle. A maximum of two vehicles, 8 people, and two tents are allowed at a single site. Reservations are not required, but are highly recommended. To make a reservation call (866) 634-3246 (toll-free) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time),or by visiting the park's website at The Idaho call center will eliminate your need to contact City of Rocks directly for reservations. Individuals and groups can reserve their overnight stay up to 9 months in advance, and up to 48-hours prior to their intended arrival.

Group Camping
There is a $25 reservation fee and $3/per person per night camp fee. A minimum of 12 people are required to reserve a group site. Maximum group size varies. To make a reservation, call 1-866-634-3246.


The Purpose of City of Rocks National Reserve is to preserve and protect through cooperative efforts the scenic qualities and attributes of the California Trail landscape, historic rural setting, and granite features, while interpreting its values and managing recreation.

Many of the links from this management page will provide a first-hand look at the documents that guide us in achieving the purpose. Read the enabling legislation that created the Reserve, or become familiar with the climbing management plan and recent public involvement. Visit often and read about your government at work.