Camping, Hiking, Scenic Drive, Rock Climbing, Mt. Biking, Wildlife
50 Mile Scenic Loop
Allowed on leash
Bring a liter of water or more depending on what you do. Water also at the Visitor Center.
Spring, Summer, Fall
Open year round
Full exposure in most areas so plan accordingly
Dirt road in fair condition
Outhouses at each campsite
In Almo, Idaho
Bring snacks and a meal. Restaurants located in Almo
Bring hiking shoes.
Trailhead: 42.09076 N, 113.63300 W
As you approach the town of Almo, Idaho you will see the signs signaling the beginning of the National Scenic Byway.
The Scenic Byway makes a fifty mile loop through the reserve and surrounding area and is mostly dirt road. Once in the city of Almo there are most services. A small restaurant, Fuel, Hot Springs, and a Hotel.
Just past the hotel is the Visitor Center for City of Rocks and Castle Rocks. The visitor center has water, a restroom and sells maps, books, and souvenirs.
Cache Peak looms huge over the town of Almo. This is the highest peak in SE Idaho at over 10,000 feet.
Just past the visitor center is the entrance to the reserve itself. This is a great area to camp with lots of different scenic campgrounds. Most have tent pads and all have fire pits. There are also several larger group campgrounds. In summer make sure you reserve a spot ahead of time since it gets very busy. Here a few of the unique settings of these campsites.
This areas biggest pull are for the extreme or novice rock climbers. There are more than 600 established routes ranging from 30-600 feet high.
This a great place for animal viewing and spectacular unique views.
The Scenic Drive has several very cool highlights.
Treasure Rock. Legend has it that an outlaw buried gold he had stolen from a stage coach robbery at the base of this rock.
Twin Sisters. At 638 feet tall the twin sisters are the tallest formation in the reserve.
There is a great little picnic area at Breadloaves. Just west of Breadloaves is a great off road area with great forest and camping. Its called the Logger Springs Road.
Morning Glory Spire. This is one of the most popular routes. If you look closely you can spot climbers on the rock.
Parking Lot Rock.
Bath Rock. This one is giant. It has a very large panhole on top that is often filled with water which is how bath rock got its name. There is a large parking area here with several trailheads to beautiful trails.
Window Arch. The campsites around this arch are my personal favorites.
This is a very unique and gorgeous place to spend some time. Its a great place to camp and this beautiful drive is made better by exploring some of the hiking trails or scrambling up some of the rocks. If you do visit be sure to check out some of my favorite hikes in the area: