The little "City of Rocks" is located near Gooding, Idaho is formed from volcanic ash hoodoos. This little known area is a hidden treasure. Known mostly by the local inhabitants of the area, this area is not frequented by too many humans, which makes it nice for photography. I had a unique opportunity to visit this area with my Dad who lives in Southern Idaho and I consider him pretty much an expert at finding these kinds of places. Access is via two wheel track in the desert through private property off Idaho highway 46.
As you walk up one of the many valleys, you can see towering hoodoos on both sides. The stream is ephemeral, which means it only has water durning the spring. This is dry country afterall. Spring is the best time to visit this place. The grass is green which I think makes for better pictures.
Figure 1 -
City Of Rocks Ash Hoodoo
Many interesting rock formations can be found here. I had to climb a bit of a cliff to reach this interesting feature. Lots of interesting formations can be found if you are willing to hike around and explore a little bit.
Figure 2 -
Hole in the Wall
More of the hoodoo rock formations in the "Little City of Rocks". This image is looking South over the areas we just walked. My Dad, who is 73 really enjoyed walking around this area. It was great to visit this place with him. The weather was mostly cooperating this day. The day started out cloudy and then the skys were clear the rest of the day.
Figure 3 -
Little City of Rocks Hoodoo Volcanic
Leaving the Little City of Rocks, i was forced to navigate through a maze of towering spires. It was a fun experience over all. I would definitely say this is a play worth visiting again someday.
Figure 4 -
Hoodoos Little City of Rocks