Valley of Fire: Elephant Rock

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Visited: January 16, 2016

Description: A rock made of elephants. Wait, that isn’t right… An elephant made of rocks!

Length: .1 miles

Elevation: 50 feet

Duration: 15 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Pets: Dog friendly

Parking: East entrance parking lot (36.428931, -114.458047)

Best time to go: Anytime

Bring: Camera

We didn’t realize it at the time but Elephant Rock can be spotted from the road. Not knowing this, we kept trying to get away from the road because we thought it would be inland…… Whoops!


The trail is a little difficult to follow but if you walk on the road heading west from East Entrance Parking Lot (you’re not allowed to), you will easily spot a sign pointing up to Elephant Rock on the right.


You can climb higher and catch a view from the other side. Trust us, you will want to because the view is much better.


Maybe do a little climbing 🙂 There aren’t any signs saying climbing was prohibited on Elephant Rock but supposedly, you’re not allowed to.


Add a little riding into the mix 😉


Playing with Elephant Rock definitely tired us out, especially after hiking a few trails before this on zero hours of sleep. It was time for a quick nap for the HikeSnobs ;P

Nap time!!!

Just kidding, we didn’t have time to nap! Time to race off to our next point of interest in the Valley of Fire.

@HikeSnobs Tips:

  • Be gentle with the elephant and try not to climb the trunk.
  • If you decide to climb, you’ll probably want to make sure there aren’t any rangers around… just in case.

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