An RV Adventure on the City of Rocks Back Country Byway

Emery Canyon in the City of Rocks National Reserve

Emery Canyon in the City of Rocks National Reserve

Get set for a real adventure on the City of Rocks Back Country Byway in Idaho. This is a drive around the Albion Mountain Range with amazing sights to see along the way. Beginning your trip through the Albion Valley you will take Idaho 77 and follow the roads to Birch Creek and finally Oakley, Idaho. The entire route is only 49 miles and will take a few hours depending how often you stop and for how long.

Albion is a fascinating place to visit before you embark on your RV journey. If you stop in at the Albion Museum you’ll find mementos of the area’s pioneer history. Another attraction in this historic town is the Albion Normal School which operated from 1893 until 1951. Once you get your fill of history, you can move on with your travels.

Follow the Howell Canyon Road and get out into nature in the Sawtooth National Forest. Climb to Mount Harrison and visit the fire lookout to get some of the most panoramic views imaginable. If you are really adventurous, you may want to do a long hike all the way from the lookout to City of the Rocks National Reserve. You could either have someone drive your RV there and meet you, or you could hike the 26.2 miles back again. Be sure to have your sleeping bags to hand if you do this. If not up for a hike, you can simply enjoy the scenic lake.

When you reach Connor Creek you’ll be in the region where emigrants moving along the California Trail traveled in their quest for a life in the West. Further along in Elba, the towering mountains on all sides brings to mind how difficult travel was for these pioneers.

Next stop is beautiful Castle Rocks State Park. This is where you have the chance for some real outdoor recreation. Any rock climbers in your family? The rock climbing opportunities here are abundant. There are trails where you can ride horseback, hike or bike. Wildlife and birds are abundant too, and you may spot a moose wandering in the forest. This is always a thrilling experience!

City of Rocks National Reserve is something you definitely won’t want to miss. This is a picturesque area with the granite spires towering above and meadows beckoning you into nature. Rock climbers come here from all areas of the U.S. to meet the challenges of those granite formations. Have a picnic, hike or do some bird watching. This is a marvelous place to relax and let all worries fade away.

Camping at Birch Creek provides an ideal spot with the backdrop of the Albion Mountain Range and Middle Mountain. There is a campground with 20 RV sites with hookups. Then onto your last stop on this byway adventure – Oakley Historic District with its amazing stone and wood structures from the late 1800s. This entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places.

What a trip this has been! There is nothing like an RV adventure on the City of Rocks Back Country Byway!

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