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City Of Rocks National Reserve, Almo

#6 of 14 in Wildlife in Idaho
National Park Wildlife Area
The City of Rocks National Reserve, also known as the Silent City of Rocks, is a United States National Reserve and state park lying 2mi north of the south central Idaho border with Utah. It is widely known for its excellent rock climbing and rock formations.The rock spires in the City of Rocks and adjacent Castle Rocks State Park are largely composed of granitic rock of the Oligocene Almo pluton and Archean Green Creek Complex.The City of Rocks is a popular rock climbing area, with over 1,000 traditional and bolt-protected routes. In the 1980s, it was home to some of the most difficult routes in the USA, mostly developed by Idaho climber Tony Yaniro. Climbers in the region refer to the area as simply 'The City'.California Trail wagon trains of the 1840s and 1850s left the Raft River valley and traveled through the area and over Granite Pass into Nevada. Names or initials of emigrants written in axle grease are still visible on Register Rock. Ruts from wagon wheels also can be seen in some of the rocks.
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  • We love city of rocks! Beautiful, low key, remote and way off the beaten path. It reminds me of a baby Arches national Park but done in white granite instead of red sandstone.  more »
  • This park is out of the way but if you have the time or are driving by it's kinda neat to drive through. We stopped and climbed on rocks and also went hiking. It's a fun place for young kids.  more »
  • City of Rocks is a little off beaten paths, but it's a beautiful spot. We visited in July 2016, between Twin Falls ID and West Endover NV. Arriving at Almo, it's hard to find the Visitor Center, which is tiny. But very nice. The road is land in City of Rocks, but no need to 4 x 4 it's paradise of climbing, the great rocks to climb. You can also walk around... but also get lost, a maze. And there is really little world after visiting City of Rocks, picnic near the Twin Sisters (equipped with tables... and in the shade), we headed to Lynn then crossed the cole of Dove Creek Pass before joining Route 30. Almost 50 km of road in the land, but in excellent condition, this without crossing a single vehicle... Alone in the world. Even the GPS was lost, but what fantastic memories (think to clean the car after... it's dusty)
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