STATE-OWNED PROPERTY WITHIN CITY OF ROCKS NATIONAL RESERVE REMAINS OPEN DURING ‘FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN’
IDAHO (October 1, 2013) — City of Rocks National Reserve (CIRO), a federally designated National Park Unit, is managed cooperatively with the state of Idaho. Although federal portions of CIRO will be closed, all state-owned property within the reserve will remain open and accessible throughout the ‘Federal Government Shutdown’.
“Due to the lapse in federal funding, all National Park Units have been ordered to close,” said Wallace Keck, City of Rocks National Reserve Superintendent.
The closure will impact, 9,680 acres of the Reserve that is federally owned, along with some campsites, picnic areas and toilets. Castle Rocks State Park, adjacent to CIRO, the lodge and bunkhouse, as well as the surrounding trail system is open.
“The visitor center for Castle Rocks State Park and CIRO will also remain open," said Keck.
The following federal closures at CIRO are now in effect:
- Trails and public access on the 9,680 acres of NPS (US Government) property within CIRO
- Circle Creek Overlook and Vault Toilet
- Juniper Group Camp and Vault Toilet
- Twin Sisters Group Camp and Vault Toilet
- Bread Loaves Group Camp and Vault Toilet
- Campsites 1-4, 52-64
- Parking Lot Rock Road, Vault Toilet, and Trail Head
- Emery Pass Picnic Area and hand pump
- Finger Rock Vault Toilet
The following state facilities remain open:
- 640 acres (Section 36) known as City of Rocks State Park
- Campsites 5-51
- Bath Rock Parking Area
- Elephant Rock, Practice Rock, Window Arch, Flaming Rock, Bath Rock
- County roads through the Reserve
- All units and facilities of Castle Rocks State Park, including: Visitor Center, Smoky Mountain Campground, Ranch Unit – Lodge, Bunkhouse, picnic areas, trails and parking lots
Here's a map of City of Rocks. The area's outlined in yellow remain open.