City of Rocks Backcountry Byway

The City of Rocks Backcountry Byway weaves through the Albion Mountain Range and rural landscapes peppered with towering granite spires. Beginning in Albion on Idaho 77, the byway passes by Pomerelle Mountain Resort and Lake Cleveland Recreation Area as it heads south. Attracting rock climbers, campers and hikers, the City of Rocks National Reserve and the neighboring Castle Rocks State Park feature enchanting geologic wonders.


49.4 miles
79.5 km

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1 hour, 18 minutes

When to Visit

April to November

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Road Trip Tips

Turn-by-Turn Directions: Begin at Albion and proceed south to Connor Creek Junction along Idaho 77. Continuing south through Elba and Almo, arrive at the City of Rocks National Reserve. From the Reserve, the byway heads north and follows Birch Creek to the City of Oakley where it joins Idaho 27.

Road Conditions: Almo to Oakley is a gravel road until it joins Idaho 27.

Full services in: Burley and Albion

Partial services in: Oakley and Almo

Full services: When gas, food and lodging are available
Partial services: When gas and a few other facilities are available

Nearby Adventures

From rock climbing to hiking and camping to mountain biking, the City of Rocks Backcountry Byway is the place to explore the Earth’s natural wonders.

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