City of Rocks Climbing

Location City of Rocks

Season Spring, Summer, Fall

Difficulty Easy-Moderate

Duration 2 - 3 Days


The City of Rocks is a high desert area of granite spires and cliffs in south central Idaho. An enchanting climbing area of world renown, the City boasts numerous classic climbs in the moderate range as well as testpieces up to 5.12 and above. The area, which is off the beaten path, has a relaxed ambience, the climbing is really fun, and all of our guides have enjoyed climbing there on personal trips! It is highly recommended for all ability levels, and is a suitable place for families and kids. A great weekend destination, the City is only three hours from Salt Lake City.

The excellent and varied climbing is characterized by cracks, slabs, and steep featured faces, and demands a full arsenal of techniques from the climber. The climbs are from one to several pitches in length, and have both bolt and removable protection. It is a great place to expand one’s repertoire of climbing skills, learn to lead, and practice multi-pitch technique.

Season Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation 5650'

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We will meet at the central parking area across from Bath Rock at a prearranged time the first day—please confirm this time with your guide in advance. Come prepared for a full day, with a day pack that includes extra clothing, lunch, water, and your personal climbing equipment (see equipment list). We’ll climb several pitches of rock appropriate for your ability level.

While some of our clients prefer to camp on their own or stay at a nearby bed & breakfast, there is an option for camping with us. If you’d prefer, we can take care of the details of campsite reservations, food planning, and supplying the necessary camping equipment. Please contact us to discuss this arrangement.

2-3 Day City of Rocks Climbing Trip: Price: $1650 private; $1200 group

Group pricing is for 2 – 3 people on a trip. Please note that trips must reach minimum number of people.

Please note that because of scheduling, this trip cannot be booked online. Please click here to inquire about specific dates for your trip.

Please read through our policies by visiting this page.

The City of Rocks is located in South Central Idaho near Almo, and while the roads are dirt, they can be negotiated by low clearance vehicles. It is about 5 hours from Jackson to the City, and about 3 hours from Salt Lake. In Almo, there are a few accommodations options, as well as car camping.


City of Rocks is at 7000 feet, which means you should expect to encounter all of the seasons in one day. In terms of clothing, we recommend bringing an assortment of layers. JHMG can provide all technical equipment: harness, helmets, rappelling devices, carabineers, and more, please just inform the office in advance of your trip of your needs.

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  • Synthetic Top – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Wicked Lite T
  • Synthetic Bottoms – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Wicked Lite Bottom
  • Synthetic Socks
  • Warm Hat: fit under helmet
  • Warm Gloves


  • Puffy Jacket- Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket
  • Wind Jacket- Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Jacket
  • Rain Jacket – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Jacket
  • Rain Pants – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pant
  • Loose Fitting Climbing Pants – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Pant


  • Shorts
  • T- Shirt Long Sleeve and Short Sleeve
  • Sun Hat


  • Durable Approach Shoes – Guide Pick: Salewa Foxfire Pro
  • Climbing Shoes
  • Flip-Flops


  • 35 to 40 Liter Back Pack – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Hueco 35 Liter Pack
  • Two Liters of Water
  • Lunch/Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra Contact Lens/Prescription Glasses
  • Camera
  • Headlamp
  • Small First Aid Kit


If you have your own climbing equipment please bring it. If you do not have the below equipment – we can provide it.

  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Climbing Shoes
  • Belay Device
  • Three Locking Carabiners
  • 4 Shoulder-Length Slings
  • Chalk Bag
  • Roll of 2 Inch Athletic Tape


If you are camping with us, you need to bring the following items:

  • Insulated Cup
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tent
  • JHMG will provide the group gear: Stove, Fuel Pots, Pans, Cooking Utensils, 5 gallon water containers.

You will need to bring your own lunches and personal beverages. You will need to make arrangements with your guide and the office for breakfast and dinners along with any dietary food needs and allergies.



  • We love JHMG! We try and go once a year to climb with them and it is always a highlight of our year! It’s relaxing, fun, challenging and exciting! Thanks for a great trip!

    — Rachel Soeken
  • JHMG provides a total package experience for all level of adventures. I highly recommend them for an awesome and safe vacation.

    — Pablo Lima

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