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Castle Rocks State Park

Almo, Idaho


748 East 2800 South
Almo, Idaho 83312
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Sites: 38
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.13668
Longitude: -113.67691

Elevation: 6462' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp yes
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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22 Reviews

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Lovely Idaho State Park adjacent to City of Rocks National Monument. Su-Th the CG does not typically fill to capacity. Yes, it's an unserviced CG, but its spacious and almost private sites, surrounded by tall bushes and trees, make this a peaceful place to spend a night or several days. Some sites are on the small side, but we found many sites that would accommodate 35/40 ft RVs or trailers. Bathrooms and showers were clean and well maintained Lots of nearby hiking trails. This is a no generator CG. Dump station has easy access. Campground hosts were friendly and available if guests had questions. Too bad our schedule allowed for only a 1-night stay. We will return! We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

Make sure to drop by the combined State Park - National Monument visitor center. The staff is friendly and informative - lots of info on hiking and climbing activities. Fuel-up and bring all required groceries.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Loved this place. Quiet, lots of space between sites, clean, mostly level. Lots of great hikes nearby We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Make sure to take time to watch some of the climbers. And stop at the Visitors Center and Rock City in Almo.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

A gem of a park if you are seeking a quiet, out of the way park in which to unwind. We camped at Smokey Mountain Campground in a 35 ft motorhome. Our site was a long pull-through with adequate room for our Toad. The sites are all paved and well spaced so you actually have some solitude. The bathrooms and showers were exceptionally clean and well maintained. The park is located adjacent to City of Rocks National Preserve, a very popular destination site for rock climbers- which were present in good numbers on the weekend of our visit. Hiking trails were plentiful in the state park and the historic California Trail runs nearby for the history buffs. The campground was full on our visit, almost all from nearby Utah and Idaho. Fellow campers pointed at our Arkansas license plates and wondered if we had gotten lost. Warning- the nearest shopping is 50 miles away in Burley, ID, so stock up before visiting the park. A quaint general store in Almo does provide a limited amount of groceries. I would definitely stay at this park again. The park staff was some of most friendly and engaging people we have met on our travels. We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Smokey Mtn Cmpgrnd
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you have never seen rock climbers scale a vertical granite rock face, it is worth a drive into City of Rocks National Preserve to watch these guys and girls. The California Trail runs through the park and signatures on the rocks at Campground Rock are plainly evident, but fading. The Tracy General Store in Almo produces excellent fresh baked bread.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful campground! Many trees, good privacy. Campground is located on a hillside so all spaces have a nice view. Lots of room between spaces, plus lots of trees and bushes so it's not easy to even see your neighbors. We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The campground is separated from the park, signage is lacking

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Review Count: 169
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

A rustic campground with water and electric hookups. Our site was beautiful and private. We had great views of the surrounding mountains. The site was 80 feet long but was curved. We had a little trouble getting positioned just right to unhook and get hooked up again. We had to hookup on an angle. Other than that the campground was really convenient to the City if Rocks NM.

As with most of the restrooms we used in Idaho the campground ones were spotless.

There is not much of anything close by as far as groceries unless you want to pay high prices so stock up before you arrive. We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

City of Rocks NM.

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed at the Smoky Mountain Campground at Castle Rocks State Park, which is located right next to City of Rocks National Reserve. This is high desert so very dry. Campsites are very large, we had a very nice pull through. Campground is well maintained and has water and electric, plus a dump station on the way out of the campgrounds. Very quiet and peaceful here, with large mountains and rock formations off in the distance. Lots of privacy at each campsite. Park staff very friendly and helpful. Fun hiking nearby at interesting geological formations. Lots of rock climbing around here. We really enjoyed this park. We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hiking and Rock Climbing are the top things to do here. Like a playground of various rock formations, likely would be great for kids to play on and around. We enjoyed the hiking and watching the rock climbers.

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Review Count: 239
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 34

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

This is a 32 site State Park a bit away from the City of Rocks climbing area. The park is easy to get into and has long spurs, electricity and water. However, no sewer, but they have a sewer dump on the way out of the park. There are three places to visit: City of Rocks national preserve and Castle Rock State Park (with very few services, the former visitor center has been turned into a rental lodge) along with this state park with camping. There are two bathrooms. One has 4 separate shower areas, with the toilets on the other side. One bathroom has two separate flush toilets in another loop. Not much to do unless you drive to City of Rocks which is beautiful. The skies are clear, and the park is very quiet. We drove in without a reservation and found many spots. Check the website before driving all the way out here: there is dry camping in the City of Rocks. Get all groceries and needs before making the drive. We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

hiking, climbing, hot springs city pool in "town", small little grocer, visitor center.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Campground looks fairly new. Sites are spacious, with good cover and separation for the most part. Restrooms/showers are each single occupancy, so no gender problems! There isn't a lot else to this section of the park, except for 2 trails (1 equestrian, 1 for hikers) which connect with the adjacent City of Rocks National Reserve. The rest of the park, about 5 miles away, features good hiking among impressive rock formations, with expansive views of the county. I would definitely stay here again. We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

This park is a good basecamp for exploring City of Rocks (which has primitive campsites). Beautiful countryside.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Castle Rocks State Park has one campground named Smoky Mountain. It is very nice, extremely well maintained and all of the staff are very helpful. The four showers are in individual rooms with locking doors, so you have complete privacy.

Each site is large and separated by trees and brush. The night sky is very dark so stargazing is very enjoyable. We had jack rabbits, cotton tail rabbits, hummingbirds and several other species of birds on our site.

The handicap accessibility is excellent. They are equestrian friendly, too.

Their website says they have WiFi, but they do not.

We went there for the rock climbing nearby, but had a great time at the sun party and then later the star party. We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Great rock climbing, good hiking trails. Exceptional geology.

The Outpost restaurant is an average American restaurant, not vegetarian friendly. Rock City has good pizza. Tracy General store is cute.

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Review Count: 342
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 53

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Fee includes daily park access fee. Smoky Mountain CG is remote from actual Castle Rocks Idaho State Park and is at the entrance to the City of Rocks National Reserve. The park is jointly operated by NPS and Idaho Parks. This CG is paved and mostly level with gravel 24X16 patios and fire pits with metal picnic tables, all in good shape. The water comes from park wells, the power stanchions and water are near the middle of the site. Site 15 was equipped with 50 & 30 amp. I didn't check the others in this CG. There is plenty of privacy and other comments about sites 14-15-16 are petty. These sites are better separated than those in many CG we have visited, and nicer overall. The showers/restrooms are spotless and cleaned frequently. The dump station is down the road from the CG but well located. This is one of the most used rock climbing destinations in the USA and there are primitive campsites throughout the Reserve, all with picnic tables, and there is a deep water well/hand pump at Emery Pass picnic area. This CG is on the old California Trail portion of the Oregon Trail, dating back to 1830. CG is well maintained and clean, rangers are always around if needed, throughout the park, and we would return if in the area. We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 189
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Very attractive CG on the lower slopes of Smokey Mountain, just past the visitors center for City of Rocks/Castle Rocks. (Interesting arrangement - a federal area & state park administered jointly.) All sites in the state park campground have electric & water hookups, and the campground has a bathhouse/showerhouse with flush toilets, soap at the sinks, and individual shower rooms; they are older & rather spartan, but were very clean. There's a campground host there fulltime; otherwise registration is done at the visitor center or at a self-reg kiosk. The main draw of the area is for rock climbers and bicyclists, and the makeup of the campers reflects this. Previous comments about sites 15 & 16 apply to several other sites as well. Beautiful place, both the campground and the state park & national reserve - and just the local scenery! We will return, but not likely in midsummer. (Just too hot to enjoy the outdoors.) We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 163
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Pinon trees. Number thirty seven (#37) a back in, not straight but very private. This loop has horse corals. Lots of flies! A nice area! Campground on a hill side, so most sites have some slope. The "rocks" and history are spectacular! We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground but it is deceptive to find. It is not right inside the state park but rather in Smokey Mountain campground. Follow the directions on the state park reservation page for correct directions. Most sites had partial shade. Avoid site 16. The pad of site 15 looks down on your site and so there is no privacy. We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 229
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 54

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

This state park has a combination of pull-through and back-in sites. All have 30/50 amp electricity with water. The utilities for the back-in sites were located towards in the back, and in the center for the pull-throughs. There is a dump station within the campgrounds. All of the sites and interior roads are paved. Some sites are more level then others. All sites have a picnic table and a fire ring. The bathrooms and showers where utilitarian but usable. We had to use our antenna to get solid reception for our Verizon air card, otherwise the reception bars would fluctuate between none and one bar. The Verizon cell phone worked well without the antenna. The park and campgrounds were very pretty and we would definitely come back here again if we were in the area. We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

We were here in July and pretty much had the campground to ourselves. We had a great spot with fairly large trees that helped a little with the heat but it sure was hot. We had a fairly level spot and as another review said the water and power were a bit too far back in the back up spots. The showers were nice after a long hot day on the rocks. The dump station is conveniently located on the way out of the park and is very spacious. Cell phone access was spotty at best with Verizon but were able to get a signal by standing on the table. We will be back. We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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