Forming a necklace around the Albion Mountain Range, the City of Rocks Backcountry Byway traces a rural landscape steeped in history and geological significance. Beginning in Albion on Idaho 77, the byway traverses the outskirts of the Pomerelle Ski Area and Lake Cleveland Recreation Area as it heads south. Heading north, the last leg of the byway ends in historic Oakley; the entire town, in fact, is on the National Register of Historic Places and features the state’s largest concentration of old stone and wood-framed buildings.

Things To Know

  • Length: 49 miles. Allow 1 1/2 hours.
  • Location: Beginning along Idaho 77 at Albion, head south to the Connor Creek Junction and continue south through Elba, Almo and the scenic City of Rocks National Reserve. The route then follows Birch Creek to Oakley, where it joins Idaho 27.
  • Roadway: Albion to Almo is has a portion of road. Almo to Oakley is a gravel road until it joins Idaho 27.
  • When To Visit: April to November.
  • Attractions: Pomerelle Ski Area, Castle Rocks State Park, City of Rocks National Reserve and Oakley Historic District.
  • Places to Stop: Full services in Burley; food and lodging in Albion; partial services in Oakley and Almo.