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Castle Rocks Interagency Recreation Area

The BLM has amended the Cassia Resource Management Plan (RMP) to permanently close the 400 acres of land it manages in the Castle Rocks Interagency Recreation Area to staging, traditional rock climbing, sport climbing and bouldering, as well as overnight camping and development of new trails.

BLM-managed lands at Castle Rocks are home to cultural resources significant to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall and the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley.  The area is a sacred site for the Tribes, and they have requested the BLM's assistance in nominating the area for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places as a Traditional Cultural Property

The closure is necessary to ensure that significant traditional uses and rare historic, geologic and scenic values are protected and preserved as called for in the Cassia RMP

Castle Rocks pinnacles on Idaho State Parks land
| view of pinnacles on Idaho State Parks land                         

 map of Castle Rocks Interagency Recreation Area

BLM-managed acres at Castle Rocks remain open for recreational uses 
other than the activities enumerated in the RMP amendment – hiking, 
horseback riding, and hunting, for example.

The adjacent Castle Rocks State Park remains open to climbing and camping, 
as does the nearby City of Rocks National Reserve

Together, these two areas offer 900 documented climbing routes, 
many of which are bolted for sport climbing. 


Last updated: 12-20-2013