|Entering the Reserve|
|City of Rocks National Reserve|
We spent the day driving a loop through the Reserve and along its western boundary, stopping for photos and short walks along the way. The road followed the original California Trail after entering the park and passed several major landmarks including the famous Register Rock. At the Twin Sisters rock formation, we stopped to enjoy the quiet solitude of a late autumn day at one of the many beautiful camp sites scattered throughout the Reserve.
|Register Rock where emigrants left their names|
|The Twin Sisters - a prominent landmark for emigrants on the California Trail|
After briefly leaving the park and reentering farther north, we passed through Emery Canyon and many of the famous rock climbing areas along the way. The Bread Loaves and Bath Rock were interesting sites, and a fresh coat of snow near the pass made for some scenic views. We stopped and explored the area around Window Arch, one of the most beautiful areas of the Reserve, before completing the loop back at Register Rock.
|Roger at Window Arch|
|Near Window Arch|
|Enjoying the scenery around Window Arch|
We stopped again at Treasure Rock before leaving the park to enjoy one of the best views we had seen along the loop. The sun was lower in the sky and the granite formations in the valley below looked even more stunning. After exiting the park, we headed to Lava Hot Springs to spend Sunday relaxing in the thermal pools.
|View from Treasure Rock|