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Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park

About

State Park

City of Rocks National Reserve

There are 38 campsites available, 9 of which are pull-through. Sites 11 and 24 are designated ADA accessible. A separate loop with 6 sites accommodates equestrian campers. - water service May-September - 30 amp electrical hook-ups - fire-ring/ground grill - picnic table - partial shade There are flush toilets and showers open May-September and a vault toilet open year-round at the equestrian trail head. An RV dump station is provided near the campground entrance.

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Location

Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park is located in Idaho

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Directions

Smoky Mountain Campground directions and information are available at https://www.nps.gov/ciro/planyourvisit/smoky-mountain-campground.htm.

Coordinates

42.07555 N
113.651634 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Cabins
  • Tent Cabin
  • Yurts
  • Equestrian

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Big Rig Friendly

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KThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2024

Convenient to City of Rocks

Close to City of Rocks and the small town of Almo. Hot springs in Almo. Small market in town which makes their own ice cream and has a little restaurant across the street but not much in the way of groceries. Couple other restaurants in town but they were not open while we were there. Also water not yet turned on in the campground so bring your own water if you are coming through early in the season. But it was quiet and we were able to explore and hike without running into many people

Site34
Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Kristi R., April 29, 2024
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Kristi R., April 29, 2024
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Kristi R., April 29, 2024
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Miles J.
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2022

Great camping experience!

Excellent campground. Quiet and out of the way. Good privacy and clean and well kept facilities. It’s in an out of the way location which is one of the things we love about it but may not be everyone’s cup of tea. We very much enjoyed our stay there.

Site13
Month of VisitAugust
R
Reviewed May. 15, 2022

Nice State Park

First trip to this campground and we really liked it. Price was reasonable for electricity and water. Dump station nearby. We have bigger RV so some of the spots would not work. Make sure you use the filter to eliminate those with a smaller driveway. The restrooms were clean with nice showers. This campground is 40 miles or so from the interstate so make sure you are well provisioned before you arrive.

Site7
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Russell B., May 15, 2022
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Russell B., May 15, 2022
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Russell B., May 15, 2022
Nancy C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2021

A beautiful surprise in the desert!

Caution:  Save yourself some time, dust and frustration and enter Smoky Mountain Campground into your GPS and not Castle Rock State Park like we did.  Haha.

We were so surprised when we got to this campground. Private sites.   Clean.  Paved,  not gravel.  Not the most level we’ve been in but totally workable. 

Bathrooms were clean.  Toliets are on one side of the building and individual shower rooms on the other.  All handicapped accessible and plenty of places to put you stuff so it stays dry. 

Also, DARK Skies!!!  A star gazer’s dream. 

Be sure you have gas before Sunday rolls around because the  one station around is closed on Sunday.   The next closest one is 1 hr away.  Speaking of, the Tracys General Store in Almo is really nice.  Gas, Cafe (even offered a vegan burger!) and other general supplies.  Rock City Pizza, just down the way, also has groceries. 

We got caught in 3 different local cattle drives on the roads. It was so cool to watch real cowboys at work.  Oh, and I even saw a jack rabbit! They are a hoot!

Site20
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Nancy C., June 23, 2021
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Nancy C., June 23, 2021
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Nancy C., June 23, 2021
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Nancy C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2021

Private with views of the mountains

Caution: Save yourself some time, dust and frustration and enter Smoky Mountain Campground into your GPS and not Castle Rock State Park like we did. Haha.

We were so surprised when we got to this campground. Private sites. Clean. Paved, not gravel. Not the most level we've been in but totally workable. Bathrooms were clean. Men and women's toliets are on one side of the building and individual shower rooms on the other. All handicapped accessible and plenty of places to put you stuff so it stays dry. There is also an equestrian loop with individual corrals.

Also, DARK skies!!! A star gazer's dream.

Be sure you have gas before Sunday rolls around because the one place to get gas, Tracy's General Store, is not open on Sundays. Tracy's also has a nice Cafe. They even offered a VEGAN burger. Progressive in this outof the way spoy. The pizza at City of Rocks Pizza is supposed to be really good, but only offered outdoor seating. It was 95 degrees, so we passed. But, they do serve beer and have a small grocery.

Site20
Month of VisitJuly
Nancy C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2021

Private with views of the mountains

Caution: Save yourself some time, dust and frustration and enter Smoky Mountain Campground into your GPS and not Castle Rock State Park like we did. Haha.

We were so surprised when we got to this campground. Private sites. Clean. Paved, not gravel. Not the most level we've been in but totally workable. Bathrooms were clean. Men and women's toliets are on one side of the building and individual shower rooms on the other. All handicapped accessible and plenty of places to put you stuff so it stays dry.

Also, DARK skies!!! A star gazer's dream.

Be sure you have gas before Sunday rolls around because the one place to get gas, Tracy's General Store, is not open on Sundays. Tracy's also has a nice Cafe. They even offered a VEGAN burger. Progressive in this outof the way spoy. The pizza at City of Rocks Pizza is supposed to be really good, but only offered outdoor seating. It was 95 degrees, so we passed. But, they do serve beer and have a small grocery.

Site20
Month of VisitJuly
C
Reviewed May. 8, 2021

Nestled in the trees...

Gorgeous campground. Very private campsites-we has #19. Have both power and water hook up which make it a little pricey.

Site19
Month of VisitJune
C
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2021

Beautiful location on the edge of City of Rocks National Preserve

The relationship between City of Rocks National Preserve and Castle Rocks State Park is still not clear to me as this campground appears on the National Park Service website, although it is an Idaho State Park. That said, the park rangers seem to work cooperatively. This campground is delightful. Located about a 7-mile drive/walk to the entrance of City of Rocks, Smoky Mountain Campground is situated above the valley providing a wonderful view from many sites including space #19 where I parked my campervan.  I believe the walking distance to the reserve could be shorter by taking any of the hiking trails from the campgrounds rather than going along the paved roads which first go away from the City of Rocks then back up again, making a big "U". 

During my one-night stay in February, water, showers and bathrooms in the campground were closed for the winter season. A very clean, pit toilet is located in the equestrian parking lot across from the campground entrance. The distance from the campsites to the bathroom will vary from quite close to about 1/4 mile max. And during the winter season, there won't be much competition for the spaces close to the bathroom, as I was the sole user during my time there. 

In addition to the breathtaking views, the sites offer privacy from 3 sides though all face the loop access road. There are picnic tables, fire rings and electrical power. I did not note if water was available as it would have been shut off in February in any event.  There is a dump station about 1 mile down the road toward the exit. I do not know if it is open in the winter.

Check-in during the off-season is accomplished by envelope collected at the entrance or directly to the ranger who came by in the morning to check-in. The rate was $27 per night. Definitely worth the money to stay in this tranquil campground so close to the magnificent City of Rocks.

SiteSpace 19
Month of VisitMarch
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Christine , February 17, 2021
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Christine , February 17, 2021
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Christine , February 17, 2021
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Matthew K.
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2020

Nice sites, but primitive off-season

The park is beautiful, and the sites are well-maintained. But we were disappointed to find that all the water and restroom facilities were closed during the winter.

Would absolutely recommend the park, and would gladly stay here during the season. But if you're camping off-season, you may as well go into one of the many cheaper and more interesting primitive sites inside the main part of the park. Lots of options!

E
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2020

Beautiful spot

All sites were quite nice, many pull-through, and most with shade and lots of privacy.  All sites have hookups. Very easy access to City of Rocks.

Month of VisitNovember
Annell N.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2020

Castle Rock State Park

May 9-13, 2019 Nice park. Site 16 had electric and water. Very clean PRIVATE showers. Verizon 3G was poor. Elevation 5,567. No TV service through antenna. Very nice hike. Rock City Restaurant has good pizza. Tracy's General Store serves meals, has groceries, ice cream, showers, mail service and accepts UPS.

Site016
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Annell N., August 21, 2020
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Annell N., August 21, 2020
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Layla D.
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2020

Stargazing and Seclusion

We stayed here midway through a two-week adventure visiting national parks out West. This just so happened to be on our route after leaving Glacier, and it ended up being our favorite campground we visited during this journey.

We had a little trouble finding the campground, but that was because of human error when selecting the route via Google Maps. After stopping and scratching our heads a bit, we figured out our error and easily found our way. We didn’t realize that we had booked an “equestrian site” complete with a horse pen but had some fun with our friends later (good place for corralling the husbands). Our friends were in Site 34, and there was a small trail connecting our two sites.

We easily set up camp and made a quick meal before touring the campground. It was so quiet that we didn’t think there were any others camping there, so we were surprised during our walk to see so many fellow campers. The sites are HUGE and really offer a great deal of privacy and seclusion. The only issue we had was that there were so many bugs (gnats and flies)! This forced us inside sooner than we would have liked, but we were tired from the long journey that day anyway. We went to bed early and opened the blinds on the front stargazing window of our Lance. The view was breathtaking!!! It was such a clear night (and so dark in the campground) that we could see hundreds of stars and fell asleep looking at them. We awoke to a beautiful sunrise over the distant mountains. It was the most beautiful view from our trailer to date!

We begrudgingly left Castle Rocks after only one night wishing that we could have stayed much longer. If we are ever fortunate enough to be in the area again, we will definitely revisit this campground . . . hopefully for a longer stay next time!

  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Layla D., July 25, 2020
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Layla D., July 25, 2020
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Light Backpack S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2020

Killer Spot

Smoky Mountain campground is very close to the entrance of City of Rocks NR and just slightly further is Castle Rocks SP, however, the grounds are managed by the state park. There are some RV/equestrian sites that have 30/50 amp power and water hookups. There is a dump station on the road to the grounds but it was closed for repairs when we visited. There are plenty of pit toilets around the area and the ones we used were quite clean. Spots are mostly back-in but pretty easy access. The camp hosts were very friendly and the camp reservation includes a parking pass for the State Park ($10 value). The RV sites are very private and nicely spread out with pine trees in between. Great views of City of Rocks. Plenty of biking and hiking trails around and TONS of climbing. The visitor center is about 2 miles away and a general store another half mile beyond that. There’s opportunity for gas and food on the way to the grounds (both Albion and Almo have options) but best to get what you need before you leave the major highway. Having hookups at a State Park with such awesome views was sweet and the grounds are very well maintained. Reservations seem hard to come by during the high season.

  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Light Backpack S., June 10, 2020
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Light Backpack S., June 10, 2020
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Jeff K.
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2020

Great spot for climbers!!

Went down to go climbing.  Wasn't able to get the guidebook due to the visitor center closure (just as the COVID-19 stuff started) but was able to take a nice lap around the main spire and on-sight a few routes for us.  Camped at the main campground for the park (short drive from the climbing).  Campground was surprisingly full for mid-March so we set up the tent at one of the unused "equine sites" away from everybody else so that the dogs could roam a bit.  There is a $5 entry fee and a camping fee as well.  Would definitely go back.

Month of VisitApril
A
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2019

Wish we could have stayed longer

Great camp ground close to castle rock and city of rock climbing areas.  We were only able to get a reservation for two nights but would have stayed longer.  Nice spread out sites with medium size trees that provide privacy and some shade.  The weather was great (late July) cooling down in the evening for comfortable tent sleeping.  The showers were a huge bonus with 3 young kids and the paved roads were great for bike riding.

Month of VisitAugust
Alan B.
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2019

Lots of climbing and more camping options than CofR

TTo start off this is an Idaho state park and requires a fee to enter (was $10)  This is a great place to go if theres swarms of climbers at the City of Rocks because of the fee which tends to drive away most dirtbag (endearing term for us) climbers haha.  There are a multitude of fantastic routes there and some good bouldering to be had as well.  Another one of the great things about this park is they have yurt, small house, RV, and tent sites, so no matter how you like to camp theyll be sure to get you into something comfy!

Month of VisitMarch
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Alan B., June 30, 2019
  • Review photo of Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park by Alan B., June 30, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Smoky Mountain Campground — Castle Rocks State Park?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is good.