Forming a necklace around the Albion Mountain Range, the City of Rocks Back Country 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

  • Location: The route begins along Idaho 77 at Albion south to the Connor Creek Junction, and continues south through Elba and Almo and the scenic City of Rocks National Reserve. From the Reserve, the route follows Birch Creek to the City of Oakley and the Oakley Historic District where it joins Idaho 27.
  • A portion of this byway is a narrow, winding paved road. From Almo to Oakley the road is graveled until it joins Idaho 27 at Oakley.
  • Attractions include Albion Valley, Pomerelle Ski Area, Castle Rocks State Park, and City of Rocks National Reserve.
  • Drive Time: 49 miles. Allow 1.5 hours.
  • City of Rocks National Reserve is known worldwide by technical rock climbers but it also offers trails for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Plan ahead to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip (fill up on gas, pack water and food, etc.).