“an iconic roadside attractoin!”
This rock is a fine example of an arch in the shape of an elephant. The rock is right next to the road, but as parking is limited on Valley of Fire Road, it is best to park in the nearby parking lot and take the 1/3 of a mile trail to reach the formation. Valley of Fire State Park is the oldest state park in Nevada, USA and was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1968. It covers an area of almost 42,000 acres (17,000 ha) and was dedicated in 1935. It derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs. These features, which are the centerpiece of the park's attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun's rays. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape. The rough floor and jagged walls of the park contain brilliant formations of eroded sandstone and sand dunes more than 150 million years old. Other important rock formations include limestones, shales, and conglomerates. The park entry from Interstate 15 passes through the Moapa Indian Reservation. The park has a visitor center that should be visited by anyone planning any off-road activities.The site is marked as Nevada Historical Marker #150.
I went to Las Vegas and hated it. Then we drove out here and had the best time ever. It's a photographer's paradise. The petroglyphs are really amazing, and it's fun to find certain ones. Sort of an anthropologist's Where's Waldo.
So if you're in Vegas, and are tired of the crowds and the sleeze, this is the perfect day get-away.
Totally worth the round about drive. Pictures do not do it justice.
I visited in July of 2019 and wanted a short detour on my way to Provo, Utah. I did not realize at the time that Elephant Rock is located in Valley of Fire State Park which is outside of Vegas. Elephant rock is located at the end of the park, but the drive through and other rock formations seen along the way are spectacular. It is not a "quick" trip at all, so if you have a couple hours (at least) to spend, do it!
There is a parking lot near Elephant rock and you can do an easy short hike to it, or it can also be seen and pictured off the side of the road.
Everything is marked clearly. Located in the valley of fire. No hiking required for this one
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