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City of Rocks National Reserve

two miles (3 km) north of the south central Idaho border with Utah
Malta, Cassia County, Idaho, 83342

City of rocks view NPS
Photo: National Park Service License: 2
The City of Rocks is an area of rock spires and formations and is a popular rock climbing area. The landscape has been sculpted from granite that has eroded into a fascinating assortment of shapes.
The area's historical and geological values, scenery, and opportunities for recreation led to its designation as City of Rocks National Reserve in 1988. This unit of the National Park System is managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

City of Rocks National Reserve Categories

  • National Historic Landmarks

    In 1964, The City of Rocks and a much larger area around it was designated a National Historic Landmark. It is widely known for its excellent rock climbing and rock formations.
  • Natural Landmarks

  • State Park

    The Idaho Legislature declared part of the City of Rocks as a state park on February 27, 1957. The City of Rocks is a popular rock climbing area, with over 1,000 traditional and bolt-protected routes.

Other City of Rocks National Reserve Resources

Map of the Area Around
City of Rocks National Reserve


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