The all-inclusive, climbers retreat.
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SEPT 21-24, 2017
Castle Rocks State Park, Idaho

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The Idaho Mountain Festival--Powered by ASANA--is Idaho's all-inclusive climbers retreat. This four-day climbing festival is hosted inside Castle Rocks State Park near Almo, Idaho--right next door to the ever-so-popular City of Rocks National Reserve.

At the festival, climbers will have the chance to enjoy the classic granite rock climbing and a solid collection of entertaining attractions.


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The Idaho Mountain Festival is once again powered by ASANA CLIMBING. Their support makes it possible to secure all the permitting, insurance, and facility rentals for the festival.

Asana is an Idaho based company, located in Boise, ID. They specialize in manufacturing the world's best bouldering crash pads and other climbing accessories.

“Asana Climbing is proud to present the Idaho Mountain Festival. What a great opportunity to lure climbers from all over to see the beauty and grandeur of the granite in Castle Rocks and the famed City of Rocks! With Asana being based in Boise, we feel like we are welcoming the community into our backyard for a 4-day party of climbing, clinics, music, and fun. We look forward to this being the first in a long tradition of a yearly event that highlights what Idaho has to offer our ever-growing climbing family.”
--James Sproull, Founder of Asana


EDELWEISS is the exclusive rope sponsor of the festival. Edelweiss has established a rock-solid reputation as the premier manufacturer of climbing ropes, harnesses, helmets, and more.

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KAILAS is hooking up everyone with breakfast, swag, gear demos and more. KAILAS manufactures a large array of climbing apparel and gear that enables your vertical addictions. 

LA SPORTIVA is the exclusive shoe sponsor of the festival. La Sportiva brings you the best technical footwear to explore the outdoors. Their shoes and boots let you go where you dream to go, do what you dream to do, and live how you want to live.

Solid Rock--Climbers For Christ has been a long-time provider of breakfasts during the life of this festival. SRCFC is a group of Christian climbers who have a great passion to reach out to climbers and help them find the adventure that lasts.


Petzl is the title sponsor of the City Slicker Contest.

CAMP CHEF has provided all the stoves for our outdoor kitchen.

The DIERKES BOULDERFEST crew is serving us all an amazing pancake breakfast on Saturday morning.

The DIERKES BOULDERFEST crew is serving us all an amazing pancake breakfast on Saturday morning.

Klymit is back for another year, providing the support for another amazing festival attraction.


There are many ways for your company, business, foundation, and/or family to support and be involved with the Idaho Mountain Festival. Contact the Benjamine Eaton for more info:


With your All-Inclusive Festival Pass, you'll be able to enjoy the following attractions at no extra charge:

City Slicker Scavenger Hunt: Become this year's male or female City Slicker by accumulating the most points be doing as many things as you can on the City Slicker Tick List. The tick list consists of various things that a festival attendee can do to enjoy themselves at the festival.

ASANA Group Bouldering Sessions: Join in on some high-energy and ultra-fun bouldering sessions with the Asana crew and athletes. This includes the traditional "Moonlight Bouldering" session on Thursday night as well as the two morning sessions on Friday and Saturday morning. Pads, spotters, and instruction will be available.

Sponsored Meals: Various sponsors and caterers will be providing dinners and breakfasts during the festival.

(We encourage you to bring your own table ware to help us reduce the amount of trash produced at the festival. We'll have a cleaning station for you to wash your dishes after each meal.)

Gear Demos: Our sponsors are bringing their demo fleets for you to try out their awesome gear. Forgot to pack something? I bet you one of our sponsors will have you covered.

Off-The-Rock Workshops

Off-The-Rock Workshops: Some of our sponsors are bringing in an athlete or two to conduct "Off-The-Rock" workshops to teach and share skills that will make you a more proficient climber. You will be able to sign up for workshops when you arrive and check in at the festival. First come, first served.

At-Your-Own-Risk Climbing: Make sure you bring your own climbing gear to get in some of the funnest sport, trad, and bouldering you'll ever do. Don't have a belay buddy? Just be social and you'll have no problem teaming up with someone or some group. It's all about meeting new people.

Climber's Rodeo: Come have fun participating in various shenanigans: mechanical bull, boulder box, rodeo clipping, and more.

Table O'Swag: On the last night of the festival, you might be one of the lucky festival attendees that gets to come up to the Table O' Swag to pick a prize from one of our sponsors.

Poker Ride/Hike/Run: Collect a hand of five poker cards along a 6-mile trial-loop and you might be the lucky winner.

Bikers/runners/hikers will tackle a 6-mile trail through the majestic Castle Rocks State Park. Along the trail they will pick up one card from each of the five "card stations", collecting a hand of five cards. At the end of the day, during the festival's evening shenanigans, we will randomly select two poker hands and award the two individuals that have the best version of the selected hands. This is not an organized race. If you choose to do it, you'll be doing it at your own risk and you can do it anytime between 7am and 5:30pm on Saturday. Anyone can ride/run/hike the course and collect the cards, but only festival attendees are eligible to win prizes.

King of the Castle Fun Run: Challenge yourself by running 6-miles of trail around Castle Rocks State Park.

Tent City: Your all-inclusive festival pass includes three nights of camping inside Castle Rocks State Park during the festival in our Tent City...the only time of the year when camping is allowed in the park. The best thing about it is that you can easily walk to all the climbing from your tent. Once you park your car, you might never need to touch it till it's time to go home.



Because of the State Park permit, we only have 350 open spots.
‬Reserve your festival pass early or you might miss out on the party.

All-Inclusive Festival Pass........................$75
The All-Inclusive Festival Pass is the "golden ticket" to participate in all of the festival attractions for all four days at no extra charge. Ages 8 and up--children under 8 are free. This includes tent camping at the festival's "Tent City" inside Castle Rocks, as well as all the sponsored meals and activities.

All-Inclusive GROUP Festival Pass..........$350
If you have a group or family of 5 people, this is the deal you want. The All-Inclusive GROUP Festival Pass covers up to 5 people, ages 8 and up--children under 8 are free. The All-Inclusive Festival Pass is the "golden ticket" to participate in all of the festival attractions for all four days at no extra charge. This includes tent camping at the festival's "Tent City" inside Castle Rocks, as well as all the sponsored meals and activities.

NO REFUNDS. The festival will happen whether rain or shine. If for some unlucky reason you can't use your pass after purchasing it online, you can contact us about transferring the ticket to another person or using it for next year. But you have to do this before September 7, 2017.


The following is the tentative line-up of events for the 2017 Idaho Mountain Festival.
This schedule is subject to change and will be updated on a regular basis.

_____________THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017_____________

5:00 pm
Festival opens
(Attendees can start checking in and setting up tents.)

City slicker scavenger hunt begins

6-8 pm
Chicken burritos

8-10 pm
Moonlight Bouldering

10:00 pm
Quiet Hours Start

_____________FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017_____________

8-9 am
Breakfast by KAILAS
Continental breakfast

8-11 am
Gear demo check-out
LA SPORTIVA climbing and trail shoes
EDELWEISS harnesses and helmets
ASANA crash pads
KLYMIT sleeping pads
PETZL harnesses, helmets, and headlamps

All Day
Personal adventure time
Get out and play

5-10 pm
Rodeo Party:
Mechanical bull riding
Boulder box
Slack-line rodeo
Rodeo clip round-up
Stick clip limbo
Bucket tug of war
Crack attack

6-8 pm
Pulled pork sandwiches

Gear demo check-in

10:00 pm
Quiet Hours Start

_____________SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017_____________

7:00 am
Poker ride/run/hike course opens

8:00 am
10K fun run
(Check-in at 7:30. Run starts at 8.)

8-9 am
Pancakes and sausages

Gear demo check-out
LA SPORTIVA climbing and trail shoes
EDELWEISS harnesses
ASANA crash pads
PETZL harnesses, helmets, and headlamps
KLYMIT sleeping pads

All Day
Personal adventure time
Get out and play

6:30-8 pm
 Roasted chicken

Gear demo check-in

Poker ride/run/hike course closes

City slicker scavenger hunt ends

8-10 pm
Table O' Swag raffle

10:00 pm
Quiet Hours Start

_____________SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017_____________

8:00 am
Breakfast by IMF CREW
Continental breakfast

12:00 pm
Festival Headquarters Closes
(Attendees must move out of Tent City and Festival Headquarters by this time.)

All Day
Personal adventure time
Get out and play


The Idaho Mountain Festival takes place inside Castle Rocks State Park.

Castle Rocks and City of Rocks is located just outside of Almo, ID, located just north of the Idaho/Utah border in south-central Idaho.

From Boise, ID to Almo, ID: 204 mi, 3 hours 37 mins
From Salt Lake City, UT to Almo, ID: 181 mi, 3 hours 15 mins

General Overview Map

Castle Rocks State Park Map

Almo, ID Map

City of Rocks National Reserve Map


Check out our official hashtag - #idmtnfest


Silverline Films - 2015 Highlight Video
Moja Gear - 2015 Festival Recap
Twin Falls Times-News - 2015 Post-event Article
Twin Falls Times-News - 2015 Photo Gallery
Asana Climbing - 2015 Climbing With Colton Video
Kris Donner - 2015 Attendee Video
Moja Gear - 2015 Pre-event Rundown
Liberty Mountain Climbing blog - 2014 Trip Report
Deadpoint Magazine - 2014 Post-event Article


Silverline Films - 2014 Highlight Video
Trail and Ultra Running - 2014 Race Announcement
Chasing Angels; Fleeing Demons - 2014 Pre-event Rundown
Mountain Khakis blog - 2014 Trip Report
The Adventures of Sloth blog - 2013 Trip Report
Deadpoint Magazine - 2013 Event Spotlight
Deadpoint Magazine - 2013 Pre-event Article
Asana YouTube - 2013 Video (Paul Robinson sending Warpath/V14)
Asana YouTube - 2013 Video (Beau Stuart sending Golden Chandelier/V10)
Paul Robinson blog - 2013 Trip Report
Deadpoint Magazine - 2013 Post-event Article
Jonathan Siegrist blog - 2013 Trip Report
Liberty Mountain Climbing blog - 2013 Event Spotlight
Cypher Climbing - 2013 Trip Report
Liberty Mountain Climbing blog - 2013 Trip Report
Splitter Choss - 2012 Event Spotlight
Rob Pizem blog - 2012 Trip Report
Liberty Mountain Climbing blog - 2012 Trip Report
Scarpa blog - 2012 Trip Report
Asana YouTube - 2012 Video (Beau Stuart sending Easy Arete/V9)
Climb Run Lift Mom blog - 2012 Trip Report


What is the Idaho Mountain Festival?
The Idaho Mountain Festival is a 4-day climbing, trail running, and mountain biking event that has little to do with competition and more about the celebration and gathering of these great outdoor sports. At the festival, outdoor enthusiasts will have the chance to enjoy the classic granite rock climbing and peaceful trail runs while socializing with new and old friends.

Who can attend?
Anyone that purchases a festival pass is welcome to come and attend the festival. All of the attractions and activities are centered on rock climbing, trail running, and mountain biking. Knowing how to do either of these sports will definitely maximize your experience.

Where is the location of the festival?
The Idaho Mountain Festival will utilize both Castle Rocks State Park and City of Rocks National Reserve near Almo, ID. The majority of activities will take place at “Festival Headquarters” outside of the lodge in Castle Rock State Park.

How much is a festival pass?
Festival attendees can purchase an all-inclusive festival pass for $50. The trail races are a little extra if you desire to join us on our 4MPH trail challenge. If you are bringing your kids, you can purchase an all-inclusive family pass for $175, covering 3-6 immediate family members. 

Will there be climbs set up and someone to belay me?
Festival staff, the sponsors, or the visiting athletes will NOT be setting up routes, hanging ropes, or belaying festival attendees. Any rock climbing will be done at the attendee’s own risk and with their own gear. Feel free to come to the festival to meet up with people to climb…it’s all about reaching out and making new friends.

Did you say that camping and meals are free?
For those that purchase the all-inclusive festival pass, they will be able to tent-camp in the “Tent City” and eat dinner and breakfast for free. The Tent City is located in the grassy area behind the Lodge in Castle Rock State Park. Festival staff will assign attendees to a spot. Each spot can hold up to two tents and 6 people. We encourage people to share tents. We are limited in only allowing up to 250 people in the Tent City.

Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are always welcomed in Castle Rock State Park and City of Rocks National Reserve, as long as they are constantly on a leash and the owners pick up their messes. During the festival, with a lot of people, we do encourage you to leave your dog at home if possible.

Can we bring our trailer or RV?
As part of the festival we can only provide tent camping in the Tent City. If you need/want to attend the festival and sleep in a trailer/RV, than you will need to make arrangements to camp in the Smokey Mountain Campground or in the City of Rocks. If you do this, than you might want to consider purchasing the festival day pass…unless you want to eat dinner and breakfast with us.

Is there a lot of parking?
Parking for festival attendees is located right outside of the park. This will require you to walk your gear a reasonable distance to the actual festival area. We highly encourage car-pooling to the festival. The parking lots inside the park are reserved for the general public, park staff, etc. Please only use the designated parking area for festival attendees. For those that are sleeping in their car/truck/van, there will be a lot inside the park specifically for vehicle camping...just no RVs or trailers.

Will there be beer?
Festival attendees are free to bring and consume alcohol at Festival Headquarters in Castle Rock State Park. Alcohol is allowed in both parks. Festival staff and the sponsors have NOT made any plans to provide any type of alcohol during the festival. Alcohol is available at Rock City in Almo, ID. Please drink responsibly. Don’t drive drunk. Use a designated driver. Understand that festival staff, Idaho State park rangers, and the Cassia County Sheriff’s department reserve the right to discipline and evict those that abuse their privilege to drink.

What is there to do at the festival?
During the festival, we will provide many attractions to entertain the attendees. We plan to provide "off-rock" climbing workshops, trail races, a poker ride/run/hike, slideshows, movie showings, free tent camping, free dinner and breakfast, activities and small contests to win swag from our sponsors, and morning yoga, trail runs, and mountain bike rides.

I preregistered for my festival pass, will it be mailed to me?
Thank you for preregistering. This helps us a lot in planning and making sure we have enough parking, camping spots, prizes, and food. By preregistering for a festival pass, all you have to do is show up and check in at Festival Headquarters to receive all passes, tickets, and camping spots. We won’t be able to mail these items to you before the festival. Have no worries, your name is on the list and you are good to go.

How do I preregister for my festival pass?
Please use this link to register and pay for your festival ticket: You will eventually be taken to the website where you will make the official transaction for your festival pass.