Castle Rocks State Park

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Castle Rocks State Park

Idaho

(208) 824-5519

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Overview

Castle Rocks State Park, a former ranch, is Idaho's newest state park, located adjacent to the City of Rocks National Reserve. Its 1440 acres includes similar outstanding rock formations, early 20th century ranch structures and pastures. Facilities are still in development but recreational opportunities include rock climbing,photography, picnicking,wildflower viewing, hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, mountain biking, and superb birdwatching. The 1,240-acre ranch includes examples of early 20th Century ranching structures, irrigated pasture and striking scenery. Some spires rival nearby City of Rocks National Reserve, and offer exceptional rock climbing. Other recreational opportunities include picnicking, hiking, equestrian trails, and wildlife viewing. Mule deer, mountain lion, bighorn sheep, and the state's first recorded ringtail are found here. Bird watching is superb, with nesting populations of common snipe, sandhill crane and sage grouse frequently encountered.

The park also protects some of the most pristine archeological sites in southern Idaho. Evidence suggests that Castle Rocks was favored by different cultures over the previous 2,470 years. Portions of the park are included in the City of Rocks National Historic Landmark.

Map of Castle Rocks (ID)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.124647, -113.667598

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Beautiful hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails.

  • Camping

    Smoky Mountain Campground a unit of Castle Rocks State Park provides campsites and yurts equipped with electrical service and water service. Primitive camping available at nearby City of Rocks. Dump Station at Smoky Mountain Campground

  • Climbing

    Some spires rival nearby City of Rocks National Reserve, and offer exceptional rock climbing.

  • Hiking

    Beautiful hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails.

  • Winter Sports

    Yurts, Snowshoeing, and Cross-country skiing.

Directions

Driving

I-84, exit 216, S. on Hwy 77 (Elba-Almo Rd) about 40 mi, then travel W. on 2800 S. (Big Cove Ranch Rd.) approximately 1.4 miles.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(208) 824-5519

Campground reservations

(888) 922-6743

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