City of Rocks
Emigrants on their way to California in 1850 left the Oregon Trail in Idaho and headed southwest along the California trail. This valley was a favorite stopping place for the wagon trains. It is Circle Creek Basin. It contained all the essentials of a good campsite; water, firewood, and good graze for the animals.
|Many of the emigrants left messages on the rocks. Most of these were written using axel grease.|
|A later traveler decided to stay and start a ranch. This is all that is left.|
|The basin is studded with strange rock formations. The emigrants looked at this one and decided it looked like a "city of rocks". These rocks are mostly rectangular like buildings and the holes in them resemble windows; especially if you have a vivid imagination.|
|This one is called Elephant Rock. To give you a perspective of the size of the rock, the tiny, vertical projection at the top left of the rock is a person. The rock is a favorite of rock climbers.|
It is only a short drive through the basin but it is well worth the effort. It is a beautiful valley and the rock formations are unique.