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Filed By: Dee Ann Spencer
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I grew up in Almo, Idaho (pop. ab. 200)next door to the City of Rocks and Castle Rocks. As a local resident and a former visitor services employee of the park, I would like to share a local's perspective and advice on what to see and do on your visit.
The hiking trails are great and well maintained, the rock climbing is world-class. Campgrounds are located with proximity to the trails and you will find some of the cleanest primitive toilets in any park. Wildflowers are spectacular in early June and the aspens are beautiful in late Sept. You will meet folks with international addresses. It is not uncommon to see cattle drives through the Almo area and the park during the months of May and June. You will meet the friendly locals of Almo at the historic Tracy Merc, the oldest continously operated mercantile in Idaho. Enjoy a soak or swim at the natural Durfee Hot Springs, another historic feature of Almo. The only restaurant is the Almo Creek Outpost, serving certified angus steaks, sandwiches, salads, and homemade pies. You must try the house special - Pioneer Pudding. This may be the only eatery -but people travel here (175 miles) from Salt Lake City just to eat! There are also rustic but comfortable guest cabins. I worked at City of Rocks for 12 years and have heard nothing but great things from our visitors about our parks (City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park,and the historic ranching/pioneer heritage. Everything but the visitor centers shut down on Sunday so be sure to plan around that. When you visit, just say, Dee Ann recommended it.