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Backyard Boulders Trail – Castle Rocks State Park
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Overview
Location

Almo, Idaho

Sights

Huge granite rocks, Pictographs, Rock Climbing, Mt. Biking

Distance

2.0 Miles

Parking Lot Elevation

6,000 ft

Summit Elevation

6,000 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

Approximately 100 Feet

Time Required

30-90 Minutes

Pets

No

Fees

5$ Parking fee for the State Park

Water Info

At the parking lot or at the City of Rocks Visitor Center

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

About half shade half sun exposure

Trail Condition

Well used, well signed dirt path

Restrooms

Outhouses

Visitor Center

City of Rocks Visitor Center in Almo

Camping

Yes

Food

Bring some snacks and a meal. Almo has restaurants.

Equipment

Hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses, camera

GPS Coordinates

Trailhead: 42.12571 N, 113.66808 W


 Trail Map:

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Driving Directions: 

Access is from I-84 in Burley, Idaho or from I-84 Snowville in Utah. The Visitor Center is in the small city of Almo Idaho


The Trail:

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Castle Rocks State Park has a lot of different things to offer. There is a great camping area. There is a lodge and bunkhouse. A large lawn area, and there is a frisbee golf course.

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Castle Rocks goes hand in hand with neighboring City of Rocks National Preserve. They both offer great camping, hiking, biking, world class rock climbing, and photography. There are also hot springs in Almo. If you go in summer make sure you reserve a campsite before hand because it can get very busy. There are two trailheads. One offers a couple different scenic trails.

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The Backyard Boulders trail begins at the Stines Creek Picnic Area. This a fun family friendly trail that circles Castle Rock and has a few points of interest. Castle Rock is a huge Granite rock with lots of popular climbing routes. There are also several detours and side trips you can do with this trail. I personally like the over the rock trail done with this trail. The main family friendly route is well signed and has very little elevation change. It is two miles long and there are tons of places for adults and kids to climb up on different rocks and see other scenery. From the parking lot you will head south and cross a bridge over the creek. You will be circling around Castle Rock.

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You don’t really realize how large these rocks are until you are by them. Pictures do it very little justice.

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You will then come to the signs for the Shock and Awe Shelter. This is a small cavity that was used by humans in the past. Artifacts dating to 660 A.D. were found in this spot. You will see three pools boulder which has three huge panholes in it that can contain water year round.

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After shock and awe shelter you will head around the north of Castle Rock

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Follow the trail downhill through the trees until you come to the sign for the pictographs. These are very old and faded but still cool to see.

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You will see some beautiful scenery near here with great views of the bulk of the State Park.

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The trail will start to go back towards the parking lot. You will pass through an aspen grove and the picnic sight before reaching your car.

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Personal Thoughts:

This is a great family friendly trail that people of any age can enjoy. This is a great little park and has lots of fun opportunities even if you aren’t a rock climber.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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