Try to visit the Gooding’s Little City of Rocks while grass is still green and the desert flowers are in bloom.
The unique geological area, located 12.5 miles north of Gooding on Idaho Highway 46, contains a number of interesting rock formations, including towers, hoodoos, mushroom caps, spires and natural arches.
That’s the main appeal of visiting the area – viewing the rocks, climbing around on the rocks, hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding. There is a main trail that penetrates the heart of the Little City of Rocks that takes a couple of hours to explore.
Side trails lead to more interesting rock formations. There also are some ancient rock art in the Little City of Rocks, petroglyphs carved by Native Americans several thousands of years ago.
You might see wildlife, too — coyotes, rabbits or hawks.
Self-support, primitive camping is allowed. Make sure you bring plenty of water and pack a lunch for a day trip.
Access to the Gooding City of Rocks area is marked by a BLM sign 12.5 miles north of Gooding on Highway 46. Park at the pull-off near the highway and walk to the park on the muddy, uneven, but clearly marked road.
After you complete your adventure, drive into Gooding for a cold beverage or a meal. The Gooding Chamber of Commerce recommends Zeppes Pizza and Subs and El Toro Taqueria, a Mexican restaurant.
The access road to the Gooding City of Rocks is maintained by a private landowner. If the gate is closed due to wet conditions, please come back when the conditions are dry.