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Southeast Region

City of Rocks National Reserve

Nearest Town: Almo
Site Size: 14,407 acres

Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl

Access: Year-round. Some roads closed due to snow. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-84 Exit #216; S on ID 77 for 3.4 mi to Delco; continue on ID 77 S to Albion for 8.6 mi; at Conner Ck, R on Elba-Almo Rd; visitor center is at S end of Almo on L; follow signs to City of Rocks.

Description: The City of Rocks gets its name from the eroded granite columns, sheer cliffs, and pinnacles towering as much as 60 stories above the valley floor. Many emigrants along the California Trail wrote their names in axle grease on these rocks. The dominant vegetation is an extensive stand of pinyon pine, juniper, and mountain mahogany with occasional aspen and whitebark pine. Highlights: Pinyon Jay, Golden Eagle, Common Poorwill, Olive-sided and Gray Flycatchers, Rock and Canyon Wrens, Mountain Bluebird, Virginia’s Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, and Brewer’s Sparrow.

More Information:
NPS (208) 824-5519
Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce (208) 679-4793
www.nps.gov/ciro/


Photos
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City of Rocks
Photo Copyright Idaho Travel Council
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Rock Wren
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Facilities

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaVisitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingNo FishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedHorseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaVisitor CenterInterpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking Trails
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Habitat
other Graph illustrating 18% 18%
pinyon juniper/mt. mahogany Graph illustrating 17% 17%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 65% 65%

Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Shorebirds N N Y Y Y Y N N N N N N ALL
Songbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Waterbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y Y N N N N N N ALL
Target Species for this Site

Select a species from the list to view other sites on the Idaho Birding Trail Sites this species may be observed.

    Blackbirds and alliesBushtitChickadees and TitmouseCorvidsFinches and alliesGoatsuckersGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsKinglets and GnatcatcherLarkNuthatches and CreeperOwlsPigeons and DovesShorebirdsSparrows and alliesStarlingStork and VultureSwallowsSwiftsThrashersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWaxwingsWood WarblersWoodpeckersWrens and Dipper

    Legend

    SeasonAbundanceRegion
    R - Resident 1 - Abundant, easily found s - Statewide
    M - Migrant 2 - Common, but sometimes difficult to find e - Southeast
    W - Winter 3 - Uncommon or local w - Southwest
    S - Summer 4 - Rare or very local c - Central
    5 - Casual, 3-10 accepted records p - Panhandle (North)
    6 - Accidental, 1-2 accepted records
    7 - Experimental
    (B) - Documented breeding evidence(End) - Threatened or Endangered
    (b) - Circumstantial breeding evidence(Int.) - Introduced species


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