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The entrance of the City of Rocks National Reserve is four miles west of Almo. Established in 1988, the 14,000-acre park is a fragile environment with scenic, geological and historical significance. More recently it has gained national renown for the outstanding rock climbing it provides. Most of the more than 600 routes are located on 100 to 300 foot spires and range from 5.4 to 5.14a in difficulty. Camping, hiking, mountain biking and picnicking are also available. During the winter, the reserve is a beautiful place for a cross-county skiing adventure.
For a perfect camping, picnicking or fishing spot, consider Lake Walcott State Park only 11 miles northeast of Rupert. Paved trails connect restrooms, picnic shelters, interpretive kiosk and boat launch. This 22-acre park is the home to a variety of wildlife, including 150 species or birds and waterfowl, serving as the base for the National Wildlife Refuge. The Minidoka Power Plant, constructed in 1904, is located near the park. The dam diverts the water to a series of canals, bringing life to the desert of the Snake River Plain to the south. The dam and the power plant are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are available by calling the Bureau of Reclamation office. Recent improvements at Lake Walcott Park include camping and picnicking areas, interpretive trails and horseshoe pits. The lake itself is home to world-class windsurfing, too.