|Monday, Jun 26, 2006|
A planned $2 million improvement project at Castle Rocks State Park near City of Rocks National Reserve will create additional camping opportunities in the area, according to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR).
Castle Rocks State Park is Idaho's newest state park and is located adjacent to the City of Rocks National Reserve. Its 1,497 acres include similar outstanding rock formations, early 20th century ranch structures, pastures, California Trail and pinyon pine forest. Recreational opportunities include rock climbing, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding and superb bird watching.
Improvement projects within Castle Rocks include the construction of a new campground within the Smoky Mountain Unit of the park. The new Smoky Mountain Campground will include 37 RV sites, five of which are devoted to an equestrian camping loop. The campground will also have an equestrian trail head. Each site will have electricity, water and access to a shower restroom facility. An RV dump station will also be constructed. Smoky Mountain Campground is funded in part by the Experience Idaho initiative and is the first of the initiative projects to begin construction.
Surveying began this week, and full construction will commence on Monday, July 3. Construction will not affect day-use visitation to either City of Rocks or Castle Rocks, which will remain open during the improvement process. The Smoky Mountain Campground is scheduled to be completed December 2006.