The next interesting stop was Register Rock. During the time that the pioneers were crossing the valley on their way west to California, it appears that a sort of tradition was begun. Many of the travelers began to write their names in axle grease all over this big rock formation.
Above you can see that A Freeman was there on June 12, 1850. He or she was traveling with D Tickner and I would assume on their way to California for the gold rush. My guess is that we will never know who they were and where they were going.
Time plays havoc with the things from the past. As I have mentioned before, buildings from old ghost towns are disappearing, nature is reclaiming old trails and the snow and rain are washing away this old graffiti. They used the grease from their wagons to write their names and considering how long ago it was, some are still well preserved. Others like the ones above are fading fast into oblivion. Hopefully, someone years ago took fotos of all this so they will still have records.
The park is also about recreation. This is Elephant Rock. If you zoom in on it you can see a bunch of crazy people climbing this rock. I know that I wouldn't try to do it. But, that doesn't stop others from participating. There are several areas throughout the park where crazy people can climb up on top of these big rock formations. We saw a lot of people doing it all over the park. The way I see it is if I cant climb it in the Jeep, I am not supposed to be there. Just sayin'.......
As I mentioned in the title, the City of Rocks is a relative to the Devils Playground. The City isn't quite as full of the wild rock formations as the Playground, but it does have a few. Above you see some mini-arches and weird rock erosion. This stuff is quite fascinating to look at.
Again we see more odd formations. Now I can't say how many there are in City of Rock, but the few I did see and up close looks at the stone itself show that this area is related to the Devils Playground. The Playground appears to have been subject to more weather conditions because there are far more rock sculptures, for lack of a better name. And I never really saw the cobblestone inlays in any of the rocks here. But, the rock makeup is the same so I am calling them cousins!
Above sits Camp Rock. It has a natural lean-to built into it on 2 sides. This is another place that suffered from the early pioneer graffiti. Like Register Rock, Camp Rock has the fading issue going on too.