City of Rocks, Idaho
#9, our site.
Hurley loved the site and settled right in.
This picture is from up on our roof to get above the shrubs.
My brother's site next to ours. I took this picture while I was up on the roof.
Nope. It eventually fizzled out so we turned around and decided to take a drive south to the Utah border which was just a few miles away. We hoped to find a geocache hidden on the border. After a very long dusty drive we both got tired of the blah, hot, dusty trail and turned back.
In town we filled up with gas and read this sign of the area. Good info here.
The all purpose, gas station, post office, grocery store in Almo, population 270.
We found a promising road but it ended behind the rocks.
We found one other spot that I wanted to hike out to. Until I saw this sign:
Nope. It's time to head back, cool off and start the BBQ.
After dinner we took the dogs for a walk in the nearby park/pond so they could swim and have a little fun. Hurley and Ruger gave it Two Tails Up.
The next day was a bit cooler and clearer out. The four of us took a drive back through the City of Rocks to investigate. We stopped back in town to get some munchies at the gas station and saw this wagon behind it.
They call this area Circle Creek Basin. It was an important stop along the 2000 mile trail for the emigrants as it had water, grass and fuel. After weeks on the flat, dusty plains, they were fascinated by the rocks and enjoyed the break.
Here is Signature Rock where many of the old time passers by would carve their names or stories.
Even the swallows liked to stop here too.
Steve, Diane and Steve.
They call this Elephant Rock. I didn't see it at first. The head is on the top, right.
There it is!
The remnants of an old homestead.
A small trail leads up to Window Rock. (above) View out the window, below.
The moon was rising over the jagged rocks.
It's a loooong drive from Almo to Oakely, through the valley on the dirt road.
We eventually made it into the bigger town of Oakley, Idaho. With a population under 1000, the town was founded by Mormon immigrants in 1878. Today it is on the National Register of Historic Places and is known for its collection of old stone and brick buildings in the area, which date back to 1883. Oakley stone, an Idaho quartzite, is quarried near here.
We had a great meal at Judy's Café, a nice place with great food run by a friendly family.
Thanks Idaho for some more fun! Next we do a hit and run in Utah in an even smaller town before entering Nevada.