Climbing Banned at Portion of Castle Rocks

Posted on: April 17, 2010

Dusk at City of Rocks, Idaho, near Castle Rocks Interagency Recreation Area, where the Bureau of Land Management has announced a ban on climbing that includes more than 40 established climbs. [Photo] Erik Lambert

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced a ban on climbing that includes 400 acres of land and more than 40 established climbs at Castle Rocks in southern Idaho. The affected areas are located in the Castle Rocks Interagency Recreation Area, which is northwest of Castle Rocks State Park.


The ban was enacted after a recent field survey called attention to historically and culturally significant resources in the area. The BLM determined that the climbing ban was necessary to preserve these resources. In response, The Access Fund plans to rally a letter-writing campaign and appeal the decision before the deadline at the end of April.

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We've clarified the headline. Thanks for your comments.

2010-04-19 00:58:16

This is a very misleading title. Climbing is banned at a portion of Castle Rocks (~40 routes), not the whole park. I agree, it sucks, but before we all go sending out letters looking like idiots, you should know the facts.

2010-04-18 01:36:56

The climbing is lame there anyway.

2010-04-17 21:23:11

wow this is messed up... just because of some graffiti thats a few years old. i hope that the BLM knows that they screwed the people of almo!!(climbing,and tourism are there main income other than farming.)

2010-04-17 10:17:09
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