City of Rocks National Reserve

National Park

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City of Rocks Road
Almo, ID 83312
208-824-5519
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GPS: 42.0695, -113.709

Last Price Paid: $12
Number of Sites: 64
Elevation: 5400 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

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GinaDog
UT
17 Alto F1743 (Safari Condo)
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
35 reviews
Nightly rate: $12
Site Number: varied

GinaDog would stay here again

“High desert enviroment with fun rock formations everywhere!”

Reviewed Apr 05, 2016

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City of Rocks National Reserve is a great, secluded, quaint "middle of no where" outdoor haven. Nearby there is BLM camping, Forest Service land, Castle Rocks State Park campground (called Smokey Mountain Campground) and the CIRO itself. Campsites at CIRO are $12.72 per night. May 1-September 30 you can only stay one night total if you have not made reservations. Reservations can be made online for $10 per reservation - (reserveamerica.com). I've stayed at various sites over the years. Map of sites: https://www.nps.gov/ciro/planyourvisit/upload/CIRO-Camping-Brochure-08-28-12.pdf. All the sites are varied and depend on time of year and what you want in a site (rocks to scramble on, shade, grass, secluded, access to trailheads, etc). Water spigot is on seasonally at Bath Rock (where you get envelopes and pay) but do bring plenty of your own as well. It's very dog friendly but rattle snakes are in this area so keep dogs close. I've climbed, mountain biked, hiked, peak scrambled - every visit seems to be different. There is a horse outfitter that will do horse rides too. The Visitor Center in Almo is very helpful. Hike nearby Independence & Caches Peak to the lakes (will require a drive). Early pioneer relics you can visit. Durfee Hot Springs in town for a fee. Almo has three restaurants; Almo Outpost, Rock City Mercantile, Tracy General Store. During shoulder seasons, call ahead to get hours of operation. Some places close on Sundays. No cell service, even in Almo.

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Chris&David
Sandy, OR
22 Ford Transit 250 cargo van conversion high roof, extended wheelbase
95 reviews
Nightly rate: $12
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 22

Chris&David would stay here again

“This City Rocks!”

Reviewed Nov 12, 2015

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We stumbled upon the City of Rocks NR, purely by accident, on our way from Oregon to southern Utah in October. What looked like an intriguing side trip only about 30 miles off the interstate became one of our favorite places during our five week road trip. There are several ways into the park, and the dirt road through is well-maintained.

The City is a mecca for rock-climbers and many of the 64 sites were populated with young, lithe and wiry groups of these focused athletes. Thankfully, our 22 foot van fit snugly between the giant boulders that line the camping sites along the valley. There are a half dozen centrally located vault toilets that anchor each cluster of camping sites. Water is available at Bath Rock and Emery Pass. We got no Verizon signal at all.

Half of the sites are reserve-able, the others a walk-in only. We felt really lucky to have found a perfect site with outstanding views on a whim.

As hikers, we were in the minority, but we found some challenging and scenic trails to keep us occupied. Each morning and evening one could look out along the rock silhouettes and see fellow colorfully garbed campers taking in the incredible sunrises-and-sets.

Because no generators are permitted and each site's unique shape was dictated by granite fins and boulders, longer trailers and RVs would fare much better at the nearby Smoky Mountain Campground in the Castle Rock State Park. Internet is great there, and full hookups with hot showers are available.

The tiny town of Almo has a gas station and grocery store with the essentials, and free wifi can be had at the Ranger station just outside of the park.

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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City of Rocks: Everlong Journey - RV Family Travels

City of Rocks National Reserve Posted on September 14, 2017 We’re headed down to meet up with Spencer’s Mom...

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City of Rocks - Beyond

Journal Welcome to the City of Rocks National Reserve. Gotta jet… we’ll add text later!...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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