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In the deep south of Idaho is Castle Rocks State Park, a wonderful place to visit when you book an RV in Cassia County. This park is home to a rich natural history that is easily traceable back over 2.5 million years, and this natural landscape provides a backdrop for most activities in the park. Castle Rocks State Park draws rock climbers from all over the world, and its seemingly endless rock formations and small mountains are enough to keep anyone busy for weeks on end.
Camping with an RV near Castle Rocks State Park is one of the easiest ways to experience as much as possible. While staying at this state park you’ll be only a handful of miles from both the Utah and Nevada state borders. Although Castle Rock State Park draws visitors from these two states, the two nearest large towns in Idaho, Twin Falls, and Pocatello help make up a lot of the visitor base. Motorhome camping near the state park will let you explore this breathtaking area of the country, with a backdrop of plateaus, mountains, forests, and more.
There is evidence in Castle Rocks State Park to suggest that humans have been visiting the area for almost 9,000 years. Much of the park hasn’t changed in that time, so modern-day visitors can enjoy seeing rock formations and rolling mountains that were seen by people almost 9,000 years ago. The park is home to plenty of outdoor activities, and exploring the 1,600 acres of land can be done on foot, bike, or horseback.
Castle Rocks State Park is open all year long with varying activities available depending on the season and weather conditions. During the summertime, some of the most popular activities are rock climbing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, wildlife watching, and participating in geology walks. There are dozens upon dozens of trails to explore, and even more, places to rock climb and boulder. The elevation in the park ranges from 5,620 to 6,540 feet, so be prepared for some challenging hikes if that is what you seek.
Some other activities to seek out while camping at Castle Rocks State Park is wildlife viewing and learning opportunities. Some of the common species of wildlife found in the park are mule deer, moose, mountain lions, coyotes, grouse, warblers, and jays. These animals can be spotted while hiking on your own, or it is possible to participate in ranger programs that will lead you to popular spots for animal viewing. Other learning opportunities with rangers are stargazing, snowshoeing, dutch oven cooking, and more.
An RV rental is an easy way to enjoy the state park RV campgrounds at Castle Rocks State Park without having to bring your own. These campgrounds are home to over 40 campsites, the majority of which are RV compatible. Of the sites that can accommodate RVs, many of them have both water and electricity hookups and allow RVs up to 42 feet in length. It is possible to reserve these state park RV camping sites ahead of time, so be sure to book your sites as soon as possible to help avoid any problems down the line.
Aside from the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape offered at most of the campsites, campers will also be able to enjoy standard amenities like hot showers, flushing toilets, and a central dump station. Each campsite has its own fire ring with a grill and a picnic table to make mealtime more convenient. There is also access to hiking trails, an information center, and parking at the campgrounds.
Burley, which is almost directly north of Castle Rocks State Park, is home to the Cassia County Historical Museum, a wonderful place to visit to learn more about the area. This museum covers both the natural history in addition to the human history of the area, and visitors to this museum can ask the staff questions they have about pioneers, early settlement days, and the development of the natural rock formations. The museum holds regular hours, so be sure to plan your visit during the day with a few hours to spare.
Also, in Burley is an airport, which makes it easy to fly in to pick up your camper rental from Burley, removing the need for a car. The airport is close to town, and there are also plenty of restaurants to eat at after your flight. On the main street in town, which runs north to south, you’ll find Mexican, Italian, American, a few cafes, a diner, an old-style drive-in, and more. Burley is also home to the standard selection of fast food and chain restaurants.
For more modern amenities, head to Twin Falls to the west. Here you’ll find the Centennial Observatory, the Perrine Memorial Bridge Scenic Overlook Visitor Center, a natural history museum known as the Herrett Center, movie theaters, restaurants, and more. Twin Falls is a moderately sized city with plenty of amenities, but when you’re looking for more, there is Pocatello to the east. Pocatello is home to Idaho State University and has dozens of restaurants and modern attractions to keep the whole family happy while RV camping at Castle Rocks State Park.