the city of rocks idaho

With massive granite towers stretching skyward and building-sized boulders scattered in valleys, there’s no need to ask how City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho got its name. Dramatic geological features make for excellent nature study and even better climbing. You can also learn about unique plants, wildlife, and the history of Native Americans and early settlers at this fascinating park. Photo by National Park Service.

City of Rocks National Reserve is an extraordinary encirclement of granite rising out of the gently rolling sagebrush country in south-central Idaho. This backcountry byway attracts rock climbers, campers, hikers, hunters and those with the spirit of adventure. There’s inspirational scenery, exceptional opportunities for geologic study and remnants of the Old West awaiting your discovery. Photo by National Park Service.

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City of Rocks National Reserve

City of Rocks National Reserve is a mountain climber’s paradise.  There are over 600 routes here and it is internationally known among climbers.  Climbs vary from 30-600 feet with a wide range of difficulty.  For those that want to remain a little more rooted to the ground, there are over 22 miles of hiking trail and camping is very popular here.  City of Rocks is also a great place to do some bird watching, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Winter fog blankets the valleys of the Jim Sage Mountains at City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho. Travelers on the California Trail described the rocks here in vivid detail as “a city of tall spires,” “steeple rocks” and “the silent city.” Today, this backcountry byway attracts rock climbers, campers, hikers and hunters. Enjoy inspirational scenery, exceptional opportunities for geologic study and interesting stories of the people who lived and traveled through this beautiful land. Photo by National Park Service.

City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho is internationally renowned for its rock climbing. If you’re just getting started, try the Climbing Experience Program, which offers equipment and instruction for beginners. If you’d rather stick to trails, there’s plenty more activities like hiking, birding and horseback riding. Photo by National Park Service.

Usually, towering rock formations are the main attractions at City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho. However, recent conditions there gave us this awesome sight: a sun halo. Ice crystals suspended in the winter air catch the sunlight and produce this dazzling effect. Photo by National Park Service.

A gorgeous shot of the full moon at City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho This photo of the moon was taken yesterday morning as it was setting behind the park’s Graham Creek Canyon. Tonight’s full moon is called the blue moon – a rare occurrence when two full moons take place in a month. Tonight’s blue moon will be the first since August 2012 and we will not see another until January of 2018. Hope you get a chance to see it! National Park Service photo.