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City of Rocks National Reserve, IDAHO

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Absolutely Great

Beautiful sites with many areas to rock climb. Pit houses don’t stink too bad. Good tent sites.

More Shady Camping Right by the Namesake Trailhead

This was a really really small camping area that's located along the creek road going through the south hills of Idaho.  There are absolutely no amenities here however so take care of business at one of the more developed campgrounds along the road!  It had wonderful shade everywhere but there wasn't any flat ground to be able to lay out a tent.  There were also only 2 maybe 3 campgrounds if you squeezed it in and it required a high clearance vehicle to get to 2 of them.  Good thing is if you get these sites you will have no one around you and personal access to a great hiking trail and in the winter snowshoeing back country skiing trail!

High Desert Camping with a Lot of Shade!

This is another great campsite on the road that heads up to Lake Cleveland and Mt Harrison.  It lies just before the turnoff to descend down to Lake Cleveland and is a great option just in case all the sites at Lake Cleveland are taken.  This should only happen on holidays and weekends though.  The campground itself is pretty primitive with the only amenity being a vault toilet and some scattered corrals.  A large open area is where most of the RV's camp and if you drive along the outskirts of the trees you'll be able to find excellent tent campsites nestled within the trees.  Definitely one of the best sites for lounging around in a hammock all day!

Gorgeous Alpine Camping in Southern Idaho!

This is one of the last campgrounds you come across before arriving at the turnoff for Lake Cleveland.  It has a ton a ton of spots but they are pretty close together so try to camp here during the weekday or if you have to come here on a weekend go to the campground immediately before Lake Cleveland as it is a little more secluded and the sites are more spaced out.  If you're planning on having a large get together or party in the mountains then this is the best campground to come to!

Each campsite has a minimum of a metal fire ring and BBQ grill, picnic tables and some even have a large metal BBQ pit thing.  The large sites also have massive fire rings where you could basically get a bonfire going!  There are trash cans and vault toilets scattered throughout the campground.  The only problem I had with the campground is that there isn't a map and the roads through it are narrow and confusing.  Other than that this is an amazing spot to spend the weekend or a few days during the week

More Great Creek Spots with Ample Parking!

This is a no frills campground located in the South Hills of Idaho about 20 miles south of Twin Falls.  Each site has its own fire ring and picnic table with most also giving you a shady spot to set up a tent if you want.  There is only 1 vault toilet though near the info sign.  The campsites are all lined up in a row next to the creek and trees.  There are not many sites so get here early if you plan on coming during the weekend.  It also seems like you could just park your RV in the giant dirt area to the east of the creek.  This area will be hot in the morning and shady in the afternoon as there are no shade trees to the east of the campsites.  A bonus of staying at this campground is that you have walking access to the Third Fork Trailhead!

First to Review
Great Spot by a Bend in the Creek

A great campground in the South Hills of Idaho that feels like an oasis in the desert!  This is one of a few developed campgrounds that you encounter as you head up Rock Creek Rd.  Like the other sites in the canyon there are metal camp fire ring, picnic tables, and vault toilets.  There are not very many sites, around 5, so don't plan on getting a spot if you arrive after 3 on Friday through the weekend.  Any time during the week you should be fine to get a spot as I visited on a Wednesday around 6 and only saw 1 occupied site.  The fee per night is $5 and there is a wonderful stream right next to almost every campsite that you can fish in and hang your hammock over.  The creek was also low enough to cool off in the waters safely, even with smaller children.  Last thing I noticed was a ton of basalt cliffs and cracks that I'm pretty sure haven't been developed for climbing, so if anyone is feeling super ambitious, let me know and we can develop it together!

First to Review
Great Oasis in the Desert but Very Small

This is definitely the smallest campground that I encountered while traveling through the South Hills of Idaho that are about a half hour away from Twin Falls.  There were only 2 sites that I could find while driving along this narrow stretch of the river, but they were definitely some of the best sites in the canyon!  Each of the 2 sites had metal fire rings and picnic tables and a vault toilet right at the split between the 2 campsites.  Another bonus was the seclusion you get from the other campground but unfortunately not the road, which isn't too big of a problem as the traffic is pretty light in the canyon during the week.  At the campsite further to the south there were 2 little rocks pools that people had made in the stream that were perfect for cooling off in after a long hot day of hiking around in the hills.  There were also dozens of trout swimming in and around these pools that would make it super easy to fish from a chair within site of your campfire!

Pretty Spots with Decent Shade and a Fishing Lake Nearby

This campground is situated around Lake Cleveland as well but sits on the west side as the name implies.  You might think the campgrounds are similar but the west side is where you go if you want to get away from the RV's and trailers as the road is a good bit rougher going to the other side.  There are fewer sites on this side of the lake as a result, but they have all the same amenities as the east side.  The bonus is having less neighbors and just as many fish!  If you continue up the road that the lake road splits off of you'll eventually arrive at Mt. Harrison which will give you great 360 views!

Great Place to Escape the Heat of the Valley!

Driving up to Lake Cleveland I realized that this was the same road we traveled in the winter to get to one of our local ski mountains.  I had never been up here in the summer so I never thought that the road went any further.  So, if you're passing by in the winter time definitely make a stop by Pommerelle and ski some turns!

As soon as you start to level out on the one lane road that leads to the lake you'll be able to see a board and a campsite on your left.  This is the first site for the east side and was one of our favorite sites that we encountered exploring the canyon.  At each of the sites there were metal fire rings with BBQ grills attached and picnic tables.  There were also a few vault toilets scattered around between the sites.  The lake itself was very beautiful and had crystal clear water!  We could see fish swimming among the rocks from 20' above on the road!  Walking down to the lake there were even more trout than we had initially seen, so it would be a shame not to bring a pole up here!

Not bad if you don't mind the highway

My wife and I lived here in an old RV for a year while we were working in the area. It's a pretty clean place, mostly residents but there were usually a few open RV sites as well as a few tent spaces. It is right on the highway, from our spot I could've thrown a rock and hit traffic on the I-84. The owners are nice and live on-site. They have a little gift shop that also has a salon in it. Not a bad place, not a great place, but good for what we needed it for.

Great Family Camping

Great family camping. Gets hot in July-August. Lots of hiking and exploring to do. Main recreation activity is rock climbing. Durfee Hotsprings in Almo is a must on any visit. The Outpost for a good burger or Rock City for pizzas.

Awesome free trailhead camping!

Road is a little rough to get here. We set up camp in the early evening. Hot and the flies were pretty thick. Evening came and it was perfect! Only two other tents that we could barely even see from our campsite. Felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. Loved hearing the creek as we tucked in for the night. The hike the next morning to the lake was a great challenge! There is an unmarked fork at about a mile and half in… go right! We hiked to the second lake. My son fished with hopes of catching a grayling. He took the winning photo of the lake!

Amazing Lake with Views

The campsites are a little on the small side if you have more than one huge tent. We went with friends and got lucky with the last two spots being next to each other so we took them both. We have a huge tent and they had a big one as well. We had spot 26 and 27. The spots are first come first serve. We took a hike and got some amazing photos and had a blast fishing. There are rainbow trout and cutthroat in the lake. There is a bathroom but make sure you bring your own toilet paper. It’s also dog friendly and our dogs had a blast as well. It’s been our favorite camping destination so far. There is also cell phone reception which was surprising.

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.

Cool rocks

I have camped here a couple of times here it is very windy and can be cold. The most recent time I went there was a huge storm. Nice camp sites some are secluded whilst others are a little to close for comfort. There is some nice rock climbing.

More for boating than little kids

I’ll start by saying that we were overcome with insects. That clearly tainted my experience. Maybe the bugs are only there at certain times but they were thick. People were wearing head nets and we spoke with a number of people who were cutting their trips short as a result. Beyond that there was no real good water access for the kids. There was a pretty good park with play equipment for the kids during the midday hours. It probably wouldn’t be too bad for a day spot.

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!

Amazing covered in snow!

While there was no climbing on this trip we did get to see the City in a whole new perspective!  

The breadloaves has one large group site right next to the bathrooms and parking and numerous dispersed tent sites, some with long approaches so check the map on the Gov website!

The breadloaves are thoroughly catalogued on the mountain project website but some classic to try are Bloody Fingers and Carol's Crack.  There is e ough climbing at the Breadloaves alone for a couple weeks of entertainment but the fantastic Morning Glory Spire is nearby as well along with other smaller walls

Great place to camp and climb!

First off there are bathrooms scattered throughout the campsites.  Some are in groups some are isolated.  A few of the isolated campsites have decent walks between parking so make sure where your campsite is on the Gov website.

There are a lifetime worth of climbing here ranging from classic trad and run out sport routes to modern test pieces and "safe" multi pitch sport routes mountain project is good place to start planning climbs ie bath rock, breadloaves.

Climbers heaven

Only $12.50, but no water or showers etc. The sites are sectioned into small groups and spread up through City of Rocks. Some on the sites you have a little walk to. All have fire pits and picnic table.

A different kind of magic when covered in snow!

One of the best no approach climbing areas in the country! We've come here numerous times and never get tired of it. There are bathrooms interspersed throughout and the closest amenities are in Almo. There is also a restaurant in Almo where you can get a burger and beer after a hard day of sending!

Good place for rvs, tight squeeze

Tis place is for TVs only and they are squeezed pretty close together. They come with full hookups as well as bathrooms and a convenience store. It is close to the Snake River Rec Area and the "Niagara of the West" Shoshone Falls! There is some great basalt climbing above the falls at Dierkes Lake rec area. Theres a little Hümangear review thrown in for fun!

Beautiful, inexpensive, overall great experience!

We went in the beginning of July and the wild flowers were gorgeous, my kids were in heaven! Our site was not too close to any others except the other one we booked with friends. Decent bathrooms. Close to Lake Cleveland. Great birding in the actual campground. This campground is one of the best places to find the Cassia Crossbill. We will definitely be going back!

Glorious Day Hike

Although reluctant to share, I absolutely enjoy visiting this area. June through August are it's most popular season for visitors. There's a bathroom and base camp available at the start of the trailhead. What goods you pack in with you must go out with you. There is no access to dumping trash. It's a 2.5 mile hike to the first lake. It inclines all the way up. You are treated with beautiful back country views, met with several switch backs before reaching the first lake. There are 3 lakes and past the 3rd lake you are able to hike up to the top towards the cliff rocks where you can see the view down the lakes where ot loops back down to the 2nd lake. I have not hiked up that part, but I hear it's challenging, so be sure to have good hiking shoes. Based off my experience, the hike up to the lakes is dog friendly and baby carrying friendly. Fishing is also available as they refill the lakes every year.

Best Campground Ever

This is easily my favorite campground. Ever. The sites are clean and comfortable. All spots are well maintained but still feel organic and don't encroach on the wildlife. I especially like how close the sites are to the climbing, which is the main draw of City of Rocks for me. There is an excellent guide book you can pick up at Rock City in Almo but routes are also posted on Mnt. Project.

Water: There are two places to get water, which is free and tasty. The pump at Bath Rock is my go-to.

Toilets: There are pit toilets, which aren't gross and there is always plenty of toilet paper inside.

Trash: There are trash and recycling cans at Bath Rock.

Cell Reception: I get enough service (Verizon) up on top of Bath Rock to make phone calls.

Other stuff: The rangers are helpful and kind and sometimes there is an artist in residence you can meet up with. If you are a good, responsible camper who cares about protecting beautiful places, I highly recommend this campground! If you are a garbage leaving jerk, you should stay home. If sites are full, there is BLM camping nearby that isn't as pretty but does the trick.

Excellent views for a dry camp

Dry camp that fits for small trailees and tent camping. Larger trailers have limted spots so check dimensions before reserving..Lots of trails nearby. Mountain bike trail as well. Weather can be unpredictable so be prepared for rain and possible storm occasional which makes for amazing skys.

Only if there's no other options and its dark

good place for van or camper camping but I would not recommend bringing anything else. generators can be loud as are the roads but the surrounding scenery is nice!

beautiful and Secluded

come here during the week and there’s a very good chance you’ll be the only at the whole campground! there’s fishing and hiking and the world famous City of Rocks for climbing!

Hidden respite

A surprise little campground in a mountain pass between two plains. The altitude gain is enough to get some cool air if you are down in the valley and hot. It's a nice basic campground, nothing fancy but it's pretty.

Great camping site!

We camped here in October during an unseasonably hot few days. We brought a camper and just parked it at the parking lot….I slept in it with my little ones….the rest of the group set up tents and hammocks down at the actual campsite which is a short distance downhill. If you have a ton to pack…you may not like this site. It has great shade for City of Rocks. It was such a great location for climbing and mountain biking. A trail started right at the parking lot, which is where the bathroom is too. We hope to go again!