Climbs 300
Rocktype Granite
Altitude 1862m a.s.l
Faces all

Elephant Rock City of Rocks Idaho © bhood

Crag features

Simply World Class. Utterly sublime and totally addictive - you'll never want to leave.

All grades of climber are very well served with an even and endless spread of routes. This, for many Brits, is a dream come true. The City of Rocks is a gathering of perhaps 100 or so rock islands of various sizes and heights - one 'island' can provide around 50 distinct routes (there is no time for variations here). It would take a lifetime to climb all the routes. The big new guidebook to it is still a best of. I would estimate there to be double the number of routes here than at Stanage for example.The area is for the vast majority Trad, but even sport route only climbers would need a lifetime to clip all the bolted routes. Although it is extremely popular, it is conversly never busy; you can't queue at the city of rocks there is just so much choice. Therefore everything's maintained and never overgrown, but also there's no queuing - no racing to the start of routes here.

The climbs themselves are really varied - cracks, slabs, chimneys, well proteted, run out - the whole shooting match with most lines around 45-50m in height, though some extend to over 100m. This can make a refreshing change from the multi-pitch demands of many US climbing areas. So even if intending to 'pop in' on a tour, BUY A GUIDEBOOK, you'll want to stay longer.

The 'scene' is very friendly and does not have all that portentious and pretentious big talk of say, Camp 4 in Yosemite. This is 'share a beer' climbing. You'll find the best aspects of US climbing here, whether you climb hard or are beginning.

Approach notes

No fee to enter the City of Rocks park. Camping is done via a self fill in fee station and is spread out throughout the park (rangers do check). It costs $12.72 per site (so if there's a few of you cheap as chips) - what genius added 72c I don't know! The guidebook claims there is no water - this is not true, even during drought there was ample water via several pumps. If the camping in the rocks is full then there is a big campsite just outside the park. There is a store selling reasonably priced provisiuons nearby, as well as 'pure health and goodness' i.e. burgers etc. There is also a hot spring nearby. Dirt roads, but fine for normal cars. Once camped you'll rarely need to drive anywhere.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Batwings Direct
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5.10a **2
2Delay of Game
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5.8 ***10
3Sudden Pleasure
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5.11b ***3
4Redtail
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5.11a ***6
5Spud Meets Hammerhead
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5.11c **1
6Cairo
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5.10d 5
7Nairobi
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5.12a ***1
8Colossus5.10c ***11
9Loch Ness Monster
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5.11b ***4
10Gemini
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5.12a ***4
11Robinudo
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5c  
12piccolo matteo
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5c  
13Parking Lot's Seven
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5.7 1
14Scream Cheese
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5.9 5
15Swiss Cheese
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5.7 5
16New York is Not the City
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5.9 **1
17Deez Guys
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5.10a **1
18Rye Crisp
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5.8 12
19Just Say No
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5.9 6
20Skyline5.8 ***10
21Reach For the Sky
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5.9  
22Fall Line
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5.10b 7
23Wheat Thin
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5.7 12
24Pygmies Got Stoned
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5.10a 8
25Tow Away Zone
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5.10a 5
26Funky Bolt
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5.10a 4
27Truth is Stranger Than Friction
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5.10b  
28Chomping at the Bit
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2  
29Solo Ascent
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5.7 1
30Donini's Crack
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5.10c ** 
31Private Idaho
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5.9 3
32Fall line
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5.10c  
33Beware of stopping seagulls
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5.10d  
34Crack
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5.8  
35Dire Straights
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5.9  
36Elfworks
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5.11a  
37Bumblie takes a tumblie
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5.11a  
38Tribal boundaries
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5.10a 8
39No Porpoise
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5.10d  
40Tree Start5.5 *1
41Norma's Book
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5.5 ***2
42She's The Bosch
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5.11b ***4
43Bomb's Over Tripoli
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5.12a ***3
44Inspiration Or Perspiration
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5.12c ***1
45Spud's In The Gym
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5.12b ***1
46Jetlag
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5.12b ***1
47Dance To The Music
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5.11b ***2
48Dressed To Kill
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5.11d ***1
49Strategic Defense
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5.11c ***3
50Power Tools
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5.12b ***1
51Chaos
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5.12b ***1
52Pigs On The Wing
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5.11a ***2
53The Drilling Fields
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5.11b ***2
54Coffee And Cornflakes
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5.10a ***2
55Tarantula
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5.12a ***2
56Batwings5.8 ***4
57Raindance
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5.7 ***2
58Dynamoe Hum
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5.10c **1
59Too Much Fun
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5.8 ***4
60Hired Gun5.10a **1
61Bora-Bora
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5.9 **1
62The Good Stuff
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5.10a **1
63Roratonga
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5.10b **1
64New York Is Not The City (direct)5.10a ***4
65Flight of the Bumblie5.10a *1
66I can't believe it5.10a ***3
67Bikini Candy
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5.8 **1
68Wonderbread5.10a **1
69Looker5.8 **1
70Bomber5.9 **1
71Skin the Cat5.7 **3
72Animal Cracker
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5.10a ***7
73Bat Wings
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5.8 ***1
74Rollercoaster
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5.9 **3
75Adolescent Homo Sapien5.7 **1
76Submission
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5.6 1
77Dimples and Tits
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5.11a *1
78Pocket Rocket
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5.9 *1
79Good Times
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5.7 *1
80Pure Pleasure
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5.7 *1
81Coyote Corner
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5.8 1
82Columbian crack
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5.7 4
83Classic Route(Lost Arrow)
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5.7 **1
84Theatre Of Shadows
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5.7 ***1
85Flake Route
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5.5 **1
86Moderate roue
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5.7 * 
87Conceptual Reality
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5.9 ***1
88Hesitation Blues5.7 ***3
89Roadkill5.10b **3
90Thin Slice5.10a ***3
91Pretzel Logic5.10c **3
92Terror of Tiny Town5.11a ***1
93Rio5.11c **1
94Tow-Away Zone5.10d **1
95Bombs Over Tripoli5.12a ** 
96Acceptable Risk
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5.10d **1
97Scar Tissue
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5.11a **1
98Silent Partner
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5.10d *1
99Collosus
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5.10c **1
100Firewater
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5.11b 1
101Dynamo Hum5.10c *1
102Heat Wave5.10c 1
103Where Rangers Retire5.10c **1
104Good enough for Government Work5.10c 1
105Master Mechanic5.11b *1
106Beware of Nesting Ego's5.11b **1
107The Slabbage Patch5.10a **1
 Moved climbs 
109Cruel Shoes
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5.7 1
110Mystery Bolter
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5.9 1
111Easy Way Up
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5.5 *1
112East Side Groove
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5.6 **1
113Driving at Night5.9 **1
114Just Another Pretty Face
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5.10d **3
115The Ranger's a psycho5.10c **1

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