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City Of Rocks National Reserve, Almo

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The City of Rocks National Reserve, also known as the Silent City of Rocks, is a United States National Reserve and state park in south-central Idaho, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the border with Utah. It is widely known for its enormous granite rock formations and excellent rock climbing.

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. City of Rocks is also 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 country, mostly developed by Idaho climber Tony Yaniro. Climbers in the region refer to the area as simply "The City".

During the 1840s and 1850s, wagon trains on the California Trail 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, and ruts from wagon wheels can be seen in some of the rocks.
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  • We've lived in Idaho 50 years and finally managed to make it to City of Rocks. We won't make the mistake of waiting that long before going back. What an impressive place - rocks that rise... 
    We've lived in Idaho 50 years and finally managed to make it to City of Rocks. We won't make the mistake of waiting that long before going back. What an impressive place - rocks that rise...  more »
  • Nice National Park site. Great trails. Dirt roads, but good condition. It seems to cater mostly to rock climbers; it seems that most of the formations had people climbing on them, but they deserve to....  more
    Nice National Park site. Great trails. Dirt roads, but good condition. It seems to cater mostly to rock climbers; it seems that most of the formations had people climbing on them, but they deserve to....  more »
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  • Great granite blocks! Hikers will enjoy scrambling among them, and climbers recognize this place as among the highest concentrations of quality moderate trad routes in the country. Great place to acclimitize before heading to higher peaks. Hikers - please know your limits, the climbers you may see free soloing or roped climbing have trained in ways you haven't.
  • I visited for the first time in about 25 years and it was delightful. Brought back so many memories. Preservation has been well attended to. If just for a drive to see the history or for exploration, this is a beautiful place. Just please, respect it.

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