City of Rocks National Reserve

Visited: August 2019

Location: Almo, Idaho

Accommodations: Almo Inn (The Amarillo Room) this place was AWESOME!!!

Duration: 4-6 hours

We made it to City of Rocks in the afternoon hours, we stopped in at the Visitor Center, grabbed maps, cancelations and Junior Ranger books before heading out into the park.

This park was AMAZING!! I had no idea how beautiful it would be. It follows the California trail into the east entrance of the park. The first stop we made on our way in was Camp Rock, where emigrants from the California Trail left a record of their passing in axle grease. This was so much fun to look at.

Next along the route is Treasure Rock, the coolest place we found here. This location is a perfect spot for photos and some good climbing rocks (not the rock climbing that professionals do, but the ones that kids can do to entertain themselves). Check out the views from this site.

Next up on the trip through the park was Elephant Rock. Bath Rock and Bread loaves. You can probably imagine what each one of those rocks look like so I will spare you the photos. Bread loaves was where we did a turn around otherwise you would exit the west part of the park. We headed back in to find Window Arch. Across from Bath Rock and into a campground there is a parking lot in the back that you can walk to Window Arch. Kids loved it.

It was getting dark when we decided it was time to leave the park and head to dinner. Not many choices in this town, but we found a cool pizza place to stop in before heading back to our awesome hotel room at the Almo Inn.

The next morning, we stopped in the visitor center as soon as it opened to get our Junior Ranger badges before we head home. They didn’t have specific badges for this park, just a generic badge that we had earned doing the Historic Preservation Book. Luckily there were patches available for purchase so we opted to get those. Hopefully by now they have badges. If not spend the $5 per patch, they are pretty cool looking.

That’s a wrap for National Park Trip Season 4, our journey West along the Oregon, California and some of the Mormon Trails. I hope you all have enjoyed our path to discovery on this trip, if you missed it here were the stops we made along the way during National Park Trip Season 4, click the links below to view each one.

Scotts Bluff National Monument

Fort Laramie National Historic Site

Dinosaur National Monument

Great Basin National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lava Beds National Monument

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Redwoods National Park

Oregon Caves National Monument

Crater Lake National Park

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

Minidoka National Historic Site

Craters of the Moon National Monument

City of Rocks National Reserve (this post, no link, you are already here)

I hope you enjoyed our trip! We sure did. Lots of miles traveled and memories made. Until the next adventure……..

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