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City of Rocks National Reserve

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Climbing Sections:

Animal Cracker Rock (1)
Anteater Rock (8)
Asian Rock (2)
Banana Rock (0)
Bath Rock (20)
Beef Jello Rock (1)
BFD Rock (1)
BLM Rock (3)
Bloody Fingers Corridor (2)
Bobcat Rock (0)
Boxtop Rock (4)
Bucket Land Rock (0)
Building Blocks (9)
Bumblie Rock (8)
Buzzard Perch Rock (2)
Camp Rock (0)
Cannibal Rock (2)
Checkered Demon Rock (6)
Chicken Rock (0)
City Limits Rock (0)
Clamshell Rock (0)
Cornerstone (2)
Creekside Crag (2)
Creekside Tower (1)
Crescent Rock (0)
Crystal Cow Rock (0)
Decadent Wall (16)
Dolphin Rock (8)
Drilling Fields (3)
Dungeon Rock (7)
Eagle Rock (0)
Electric Avenue Rock (3)
Elephant Head Rock (0)
Elephant Rock (9)
Featured Rock (0)
Fiesta Spire (0)
Finger Rock (4)
Flaming Rock (7)
Flintstone Rock (0)
Friction Rock (0)
Gallstone Rock (4)
Geowatt Rock (3)
Go West Rock (0)
Great Rock (0)
Hacker Rock (0)
Heartbreaker Rock (3)
Hummingbird Rock (0)
Indian Chief Rock (2)
Inner Circle Rock (0)
Jackson's Thumb (1)
Jewel Rock (6)
Kaiser's Helmet Rock (0)
King on the Throne Rock (11)
Laboratory Rock (0)
Lady Jessica's Rock (0)
Lego Land Rock (1)
Lookout Rock (1)
Lost Arrow Spire (3)
Lost world-Drilling Fields (3)
Lower Breadloaf Rock East Side (12)
Lower Breadloaf Rock West Side (10)
Meadow Muffin Rock (1)
Monkey Head Rock (0)
Morning Glory Spire (8)
Mount Everest Rock (0)
Mushroom Rock (1)
Nausea Rock (0)
Needle Rock (0)
Nematode Rock (1)
Nexus (0)
No Start Rock (0)
North Rock (0)
North Sister (4)
Obvious Rocks (0)
Odyssey Rock (0)
Out to Pasture Rock (0)
Owl Rock (5)
Parking Lot Rock (17)
Peter Pan Rock (0)
Picnic Rock (1)
Pinched Loaf Rock East Side (4)
Practice Rock (8)
Private Idaho Rock (1)
Prospector Rock (0)
Puzzle Rock (0)
Rabbit Rock (5)
Radicella Rock (3)
Register Rock (0)
Roadmap Rock (0)
Rookery Rocks (0)
Saddle Rocks (0)
Scary Rock (0)
Secret Tom's Rock (0)
Shangri-La Rock (0)
Shingle Rock (0)
Site 18 Rock (3)
Site 37 Rock (0)
Skinner's Rock (1)
Slabbage Patch (0)
Slabbage Patch Rock (6)
South Sister (0)
Steinfell's Dome (3)
Stripe Rock (2)
Suncup Slab (0)
Super Hits-Bloody Fingers (5)
Tahitian Rocks (5)
Transformer Rock (6)
Treasure Rock (0)
Twin Sisters (2)
Upper Breadloaf Rock (5)
Upper Breadloaves - East (7)
Upper Breadloaves, North (5)
Wart Rock (1)
Weather Rock (1)
White Rock (2)
Window Rock (12)
Yellow Rock (4)

About City of Rocks National Reserve:

Welcome to the City! If you have never been here before you are in for a treat. World class climbing awaits you no matter what your free-climbing genre. The camping is convenient, the scenery is beautiful, the routes are varied and there is no “scene” but the scenic beauty of a high altitude desert. Dozens of routes are described here with photographs and detailed route information. Formations along Emery Canyon Road have nearby parking pullouts and are a very short hike from your vehicle. Formations along the California Trail can be accessed by pullouts along City of Rocks Road and Twin Sisters Road. Contrary to a popular belief perpetuated in the media, the City of Rocks is not a modern sport climbing area. The area’s character is complex, owed to a 50 year climbing history, the variety of people who influenced it and the rock itself. Cracks, slabs and highly featured faces exist in nearly equal proportions and the logistics of protecting these routes vary widely. 20% of the routes are not protectable with artificial devices. Another 20% are completely protectable with fixed 3/8” closely-spaced bolts. Most routes here utilize removable protection between fixed protection and may or may not be strongly protected. City of Rocks National Reserve is internationally known for technical rock climbing. It is not unheard of for a European climbers to fly here. American climbers have made it one of their favorite areas.
Nearest town or city: Almo
Directions: This place is in the middle of nowhere! Get that straight right now. You will need to drive in on dirt roads. The nearest town is miles away. The nearest airstrip is a private one outside Burley. The CRNR and CRSP nearly border each other. They are located in south-central Idaho, along the northern border of Utah. From points SOUTHEAST of here (Utah, Colorado) Traveling north on I-15 in Utah: Veer left (northwest) onto I-84 and continue past Snowville. Turn left (west) on Utah SR-30 (exit 5) and continue for 15 miles. Drive another 9 miles, straight ahead, from where SR-30 becomes Idaho SR-42. SR-42 will bend to the north. Turn left (west) onto 3600 South (AKA Strevell Road) and continue for about 17 miles. Veer right at the first Y in the road. Veer right (north) again onto Yost Road and continue about 3 miles. Turn left (west) onto 3250 South (AKA EY Road) and continue for about 5.5 miles. Turn right (north) onto 825 East and continue for 100 yards. Turn left (west) onto 3075 South (City of Rocks Road) or continue straight ahead (through Almo) and take first left into CRSP. Another popular route travels north, through Bridge and Malta, then southwest through Elba and Almo. This route is longer, but the roads are all paved. From points SOUTHWEST of here (Nevada, California) Traveling east on I-80 in Nevada: Turn left (north) onto Nevada SR-233. SR-233 bends east and becomes Utah SR-30. Turn left (north) and continue through Lynn. Veer left (north) and continue to Idaho. Turn right (east) onto Twin Sisters road (south reserve entrance). From points NORTHEAST of here (Eastern Idaho, Wyoming) Traveling west on I-86 in Idaho: Veer right (west) onto I-84. Turn left (south) onto SR-77 (exit 216) and continue through Declo and Albion. Turn right (southwest) and continue (through Elba) to Almo. Turn right (north) just before downtown Almo to enter CRSP or continue ¼ mile (through Almo). Take your first right onto City of Rocks road (east reserve entrance). From points NORTHWEST of here (Western Idaho, Washington) Traveling east on I-84 in Idaho: Turn right (south) onto Route 27 (exit 208) through Burley. Turn left (east) onto Main Street and continue for 1 mile. Veer right (south) onto Birch Creek Road and continue for about 15 miles (road will degrade to dirt). Turn left (west) onto City of Rocks Road (west reserve entrance).
Latitude, Longitude: 42.07780, -113.72400
Access Issues:
Camping: Yes
When to Climb: Autumn
Quantity of Climbs: Lifetime

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Forum Discussions (See all 44 posts )

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
With Replies Best guidebook for City of Rocks adkeditor 1 Feb 26 2015, 9:03 PM
No Replies Route Suggestions/Climbing buddy for 9.17-9.23 bailey.craw 0 Sep 15 2013, 7:57 PM
With Replies City of Rocks tjsimon03 1 Aug 22 2013, 12:07 AM
With Replies Cracks! illusiondweller 6 Oct 19 2011, 9:39 AM
With Replies LOST - Black Diamond 8 on Sinocranium at City of Rocks, ID kovacs69 1 Jun 14 2011, 2:36 PM
No Replies Lost rope anarkhos 0 Jul 20 2010, 8:06 PM
With Replies Weather/ Climbing dbachen 1 Mar 16 2010, 4:59 AM
With Replies found bag of trad gear at city of rocks ID framer 6 Apr 11 2009, 1:09 AM
With Replies New Moderate Sport Area? dhorgan 3 Sep 10 2008, 6:37 PM
With Replies June Temps? telegoat 1 May 11 2008, 2:25 PM
No Replies City of Rocks/Castle Rocks WIDE CRACKS punk_rocker333 0 Dec 14 2007, 2:00 AM
No Replies Climbing at City of Rocks border17 0 Nov 11 2007, 4:00 AM
No Replies City of Rocks: Found - 512 MB SD card shelly66 0 Sep 13 2007, 8:35 PM
With Replies Sport Routes? ueki14 1 Dec 14 2007, 1:54 AM
No Replies Areas not in guide book cpitt 0 Aug 27 2007, 2:41 AM