The Gooding City of Rocks consists of a type of rock (tuff) created by an ancient volcanic ash-fall.

Freeze-thaw erosion processes create monoliths rising from the desert floor north of Gooding in the Mt. Bennett area. The eerie, wind-carved formations, called “hoodoos”, are frequently covered with bright green lichens.

The park is large, and one could explore it for hours. Look for rock arches, wildflowers, and a creek that runs through. Spring time brings vibrant colors, and late summer through winter will provide desert landscapes. Hikers, bikers, or horse riders can be found here. Enjoy finding Camas Lilies at the end of April/May. During this time of year the water level of the creek can also be higher than typical. Be careful as you enter the park because the entrance can be flooded.

Leave no trace when visiting. This park isn’t kept up daily, so packing out what you bring in is crucial. Also, please respect the private land owner’s road leading into the park. We highly recommend parking closer to the highway when the road is muddy.

Where to eat nearby? Zeppe’s Pizza & Subs! This locally owned restaurant has delicious pizza, subs, salads, and ice cream. Plus, they have an arcade inside to keep the kids entertained. Need some coffee as well? Try out the Hummingbird Cafe which is an old church that has been made into a cozy coffee shop.

Where to stay nearby? The Historic Lincoln Inn! Book here:

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