Climb in Idaho's City Of Rocks

City of Rocks, Oakley, Idaho, United States

  • Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Hot Springs
Picnic Area
Scenic

Mind-blowing scenery. Some of the best sport and trad climbing in this part of the country. Spot, trad, mixed, crack, and patina pocket climbing all available. Something for every skill level. Great photo opportunities. Hiking and biking trails for off days. Camping in the city is luxurious compared to most.

You could spend years in southern Idaho's City of Rocks and climb quality routes the entire time. There is something for everyone here, no matter your skill level or climbing preferences.

Getting There

Driving north from Salt Lake City, UT, take I-84 west to exit 245 (Sublette), turn left, and head west toward Malta. From Malta, take Highway 77 to Conner Creek Junction, continuing straight west through the junction as the Highway becomes 77 Spur. Take Highway 77 Spur to Almo. Follow the signs from there.

There is no entrance fee, but if you're planning on camping out make sure to reserve campspots ahead of time at the a href=" [http://idahostateparks.reserveamerica.com] "target="_blank">[Idaho Parks & Recreation website].

Climbing

If you are a climbing family, City of Rocks is excellent as hundreds of routes are right off the roads. If you want to get away from the crowds, hike into the inner part of City of Rocks. There are so many classics here, but be sure to check out Bath Rock for a good introduction to quality sport and crack climbing.

Once a part of the California Trail, hike up the rebar route on the back side to get a view of the entire park. Elevation rises thousands of feet throughout the park, so if the heat is getting to you in the summer, just head to the higher routes. There is some bouldering here but the main draw is the wall climbing.

Jeff Bingham is a local legend at City of Rocks and has the best guide book out there. They sell them at the visitor center in Almo right before heading into the City of Rocks; pick one up to find out the best climbing spots.

Looking for something to do after you're done climbing? Get excellent beer and food at [Rock City] in Almo. Durfee Hot Springs in Almo will soothe your aching muscles after a day of hard climbing.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Food
  • Camping gear
  • Hiking boots or mountain bike
  • Climbing gear: bring a full rack for mixed and trad
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This place has so much to offer. Their are many climbing places and routes with all skill levels in mind. The scenery is beautiful sunrise and sunset never disappoint. Keep in mind the rocks can be sharp and hard on the hands as they are granite.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

James Troxell

I climb, I backpack, I ride. @troxclimbsrocks

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