City of Rocks National Reserve

Far from the isolated freeways that run across southern Idaho, a bizarre rock garden springs from the foothills of the Albion Mountains. This is the City of Rocks National Reserve, a collection of unusually shaped granite formations and towering spires. As you hike through the rocks, keep an eye out for the axle grease and the names scratched into the stone — they're remnants of the pioneers who crossed through the area in covered wagons. The "Silent City" is more than a geological wonder; for thousands of years, it's been a crossroads for Native Americans, emigrants, stagecoach travelers, and homesteaders. Today, it's an outdoor playground packed with opportunities for rock climbing, camping, biking, fishing, scenic driving, and winter sports.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near City of Rocks National Reserve

The City of Rocks National Reserve offers activities for every type of adventurer. For a laid-back day, drive the scenic park road, practice your landscape photography, or break out your binoculars to spot birds and the occasional moose. Active travelers can hike and bike 22 miles of trails, go rock-climbing, or ride horses through the rocks. Don't let the winter snow keep you away — come for ice climbing, snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling. The park is relatively isolated, so make sure to stop in Burley for groceries on your way in.

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How To Get To City of Rocks National Reserve

If you're driving across Idaho on I-86 or I-84, you can get to the City of Rocks National Reserve by taking ID-27 south from Burley or ID-77 south from Declo. Coming from Utah on I-84 north, take UT-30/UT-42 west near Snowville. Just after you cross the border into Idaho, head west on E Naf Road S. After about 75 miles, take S Yost Road north and E Ey Road west. Just south of Almo, ID, follow signs to the City of Rocks along E 3075 S.


3035 Elba-Almo Road, Almo, ID 83312

Fee: Entry Fee (per person)

There is no entry fee.

Most tourists bypass the City of Rocks National Reserve; it usually sees fewer than 150,000 visitors per year. The drive to this remote southern Idaho destination pays off in spectacular hiking, rock climbing, biking, and horseback riding. Whether you're coming in the heat of summer or in the cold, windy winter, an RV makes a cozy and comfortable home base for your visit.