The City of Rocks is an outstanding granite climbing mecca in southern Idaho with a dizzying array of high quality sport and trad routes. We had long wanted to make the trek south and finally had the opportunity. A beautiful Indian Summer had settled in and we were intent on making the most of it. For our first trip to the area we decided on the adjacent Castle Rocks State Park. We arrived at the park’s Smokey Mountain Campground, a developed campground a few miles from the main climbing area. We set up camp and headed over for some climbing.
We spent the afternoon at Kid Rock, running laps on Small Fry (5.6) and Child’s Play (5.8). After a few hours at the rock we headed back to the campsite where we settled in for the night.
Saturday morning we headed back to the rock. We started out again at Kid Rock for a bit. Our next stop was “The Taco”. We ran laps on Not a Taco (5.8) for all the kids before moving on to a few boulder problems. Once again, tired and happy we headed back to camp.
Our last day out needed to be brief as we needed to make the long drive home. We broke camp and headed over to “Tiny Town”. We started on a mixed climb not mentioned in the guidebook, but felt like it was probably a 5.8. I didn’t realize it was mixed (or at least a little more run out than I liked) and had to retreat to get some gear to place. Next we climbed Ray of Heaven (5.9). We also set up a small top rope for the littles to play on before needing to call it a morning and head home.
See it Yourself: Castle Rocks State Park covers 1,692 acres in southern Idaho, adjacent to the City of Rocks National Preserve. It offers developed camping, yurts, and a rustic lodge. Most importantly it has more than 300 routes plus many boulder problems on high quality granite.