James F. Wilkens, an early emigrant, wrote that this valley of rocks had the appearance of a “silent city.”

Names can still be seen written in axle grease on some of the rocks at this California Trail landmark. Rock climbers from around the world come to experience the challenges offered by City of Rocks’ towering spires. This 49-mile route, best traveled between April and November, begins at Albion and concludes in the historic town of Oakley. Full services are available in Burley with partial services in Albion, Oakley, and Almo. Standard campsites are available at City of Rocks. Serviced campsites are available at Smoky Mountain Campground, a Unit of Castle Rocks State Park.

While best known for its historical significance, City of Rocks has ample access to hiking, mountain biking, and hores back riding. It’s also a great place to watch wildlife or have a picnic. When winter arrives, visitors swap their hiking boots for skis and snowshoes. Winter visitors take note – the City of Rocks Backcountry Byway may become impassable in winter.

Trip Itineraries

10 Summer Favorites to Add to Your Southern Idaho Bucket List

Every summer, it’s the same: You swear you’re going to get out more. Camp more. Hike more. Fish more. But then — boom! — it’s Labor Day, and summer is gone. Don’t make the same mistake this year! We’ve rounded up 10 bucket-list worthy summer activities.

5 Southern Idaho Music Fests You’ll Regret Missing

Southern Idaho is rocking out this summer. From megafests with classic rock legends on the banks of the Snake River to one of the West’s most respected cowboy music gatherings, this is the season to take in family-friendly concerts. There’s something for just about every type of music lover here — which one will you pick?

Make plans to visit Fairfield for Camas Lily Days June 2

When the time is right, the camas lily blooms in Southern Idaho's Camas Prairie are an amazing sight to behold. A sea of purple lilies punctuates an emerald-green landscape in the Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh Wildlife Management Area while songbirds and ducks sound off in the ponds and waterways.

Plan Your Trip for This Year’s Superbloom

This year’s unbelievable snowpack is receding slowly from the mountains and revealing an abundance of wildflowers throughout Southern Idaho.

Where to Find Southern Idaho’s Best Beers

Idaho has become a craft beer mecca, and Southern Idaho’s breweries are making a name for themselves in a crowded ...

Skiing Is Still On In Southern Idaho

It’s been snowing in Southern Idaho! Pomerelle Mountain Resort and Magic Mountain Resort are keeping ski season going with fun ...

Southern Idaho Ski Season Is Here!

It may be a little later than usual, but most of Southern Idaho’s ski resorts are finally open! Never experienced the region’s stress-free skiing? Here’s a snapshot: No lift lines.

Add a Little Luxury to Your Outdoor Weekend at the Willow Glamping Yurt

The Willow Glamping Yurt isn’t your typical hardscrabble backcountry lodging. This is outdoor living at its best, with a king-size bed and soft linens, a huge deck, electric heat, and amenities like a built-in fire ring and a propane grill. The yurt is situated in a grassy meadow, and nearby Almo Creek curves through stands of willows.

Barns Put Southern Idaho’s History In Plain Sight

In the first decades of the 20th century, farmers flocked to Southern Idaho to participate in the “magic” that created ...

Lincoln County: Where the High Desert Comes to Life

Lincoln County is a paradise for explorers. In one weekend, you can descend into deep and unusual caves and see ...