Castle Rocks is to City of Rocks what Universal Studios is to Disney World. Idaho's newest state park is just a short trip up the road, and it's granite spires and climbing opportunities can rival those of it's more established neighbor. There's something for every climber here—sport, trad, and bouldering. Astute visitors might notice that spires at Castle Rocks tend to be more dome-shaped, giving the park a slightly different feel than at the City. For those willing to brave the roads, a winter trip pays off with some superb skiing and snowshoeing across the park's 1,200 acres. Mountain lions, mule deer, and bighorn sheep call the area home as well.

 
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Expert Review of Castle Rocks State Park

Active and Adventure Review of Castle Rocks State Park

Away Travel Expert: Brian Kevin
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ActiveExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Cross-Country Skiing,Day Hiking,Horseback Riding,Ice Climbing,Mountain Biking,Road Biking,Rock Climbing,Snowshoeing,Walking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • There's no camping or lodging at Castle Rocks, just a visitor center and some bathrooms. The unspoiled feel of the place is a joy, but if you'd like to camp, head to City of Rocks or the BLM lands nearby.
  • More than 150 species of birds confirmed in the area make Castle Rocks a birdwatching hotspot.
  • Stop in the Ranch House for some pretty engaging exhibits about the park's previous life as a working ranch.

Address:
2 miles north of Almo on Hwy. 77, then 1.4 miles west onBig Cove Ranch Rd.
Box 169
Almo, ID, Idaho 83312
Parking: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Price: $4.00/day pass


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 208-824-5519
Price Information: $4.00/day pass
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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