Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
City of Rocks National Reserve celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday, September 14th with a full day of activities.
The day's events began with a ceremony and speeches by Chip Jenkins, NPS deputy regional director; Nancy Merrill, director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation; Scott Bedke, Representative and Speaker of the House (Idaho); Kent Durfee, native of Almo (gateway community); and Wallace Keck, City of Rocks superintendent.
Following the ceremony, visitors enjoyed a Dutch-oven lunch, live music, wagon rides, horse rides, opening of the time capsule, historic trail tours, geology walks, children's pioneer games, and much more.
The day's festivities concluded with free cake and concert. The 14,407-acre City of Rocks National Reserve was established by Congress in 1988 to protect the California Trail, grand scenery, geological features, and to provide recreational opportunities. The Reserve and adjacent Castle Rocks State Park receive over 200,000 visitors annually.