Valley of Fire: Elephant Rock

EASY 21 reviews
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Valley of Fire: Elephant Rock is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Overton, NV that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

0.4 miles 70 feet Out & Back

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Elephant Rock is an easy out and back trail 0.4mi. RT or a 1.2mi. loop to an elephant shaped rock formation in Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park. The Rock is located right next to the main road near the East Entrance. Elephant Rock is an easy out and back trail 0.4mi. RT or a 1.2mi. loop to an elephant shaped rock formation in Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park. The Rock is located right next to the main road near the East Entrance. Parking is prohibited there, but you can park at the East Entrance parking lot and take a short 0.2 mile hike to get up close. Take the left fork in the open area to head back toward the main road and up the hill - this will take you right to the rock which is above you to the right as you reach the road. You can easily climb to a vantage point above the rock to take the best pictures. The trail continues along the road and bears off to the right and loops around the rock formations to come back toward the main parking lot on the other side. The loop is 1.2 miles. Watch for lizards and snakes. The rock formations are very interesting. The Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape. Other important rock formations include limestones, shales, and conglomerates. Prehistoric users of the Valley of Fire included the Basket Maker people and later the Anasazi Pueblo farmers from the nearby fertile Moapa Valley.

hiking
9 days ago

Excellent hikes all throughout the park. Very pretty and some easy hikes, some a little more challenging.

3 months ago

Super quick and easy

3 months ago

Easy hike to a cool formation, worth it if you have the time!

hiking
5 months ago

It was ok.

5 months ago

Simple and easy trail with a fun payoff in the Elephant Rock.
Downside is that you can see fairly well from the road, but the trail that leads to the back is pretty.
Can't complain too much for this short pretty hike.

5 months ago

6 months ago

it was OK

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Elephant Rock was cool but the trail was just okay.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun easy hike, but exploring the surrounding area is half the fun.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Short hike to a really cool rock formation

cross country skiing
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Elephant Rock is such a cool arch! It's right along the road to Valley of Fire State Park, and takes only a couple of minutes to see. It's totally worth it! Your best pictures of Elephant Rock will come once you walk through the arch and climb a little ways behind it. You'll get a great shot of Elephant Rock, as well as the surrounding landscape. For more info and pictures of Elephant Rock and other place at Valley of Fire State Park, you can visit http://www.yourhikeguide.com/valley-fire-state-park/

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Crazy easy hike, gorgeous fire red terrain. Easy peasy walk. Makes for an awesome picture. My 3 year old is still talking about the "elephant rock" and how he wants to see it again.

hiking
2 years ago

Very easy walk to an incredible rock formation that really does look like an elephant! Who knows how much longer this will be here. The part that connects the head of the elephant to the body looks like it could crumble anytime. So go see it while it's still there.

hiking
2 years ago

It was sort of an overcast day and we entered from the east and stopped at the pay station. The trail is a loop, but if you take the left fork toward the road, you find the Elephant Rock right near the road (you can't park there). You can climb above it rather easily to get some really good pictures of the Elephant, and if you continue down the trail along the road, you find it cuts back to the right and then back around the rock formations and back toward the parking lot (1.2 mi. loop or .4 mi. out and back just to the Elephant). The red rock is amazing and contrasts with the whiter rock forming some really cool rock formations all over. You could spend a half a day at Valley of Fire State Park easily and find multiple opportunities for exploring. The TV show Motion did a special on this area. Check it out here: http://livewellnetwork.com/Motion/episodes/Greg-Aiello-Hikes-Valley-of-Fires-Elephant-Rock-Trailhead/9088076. Well worth the trip if you are staying in Vegas.

hiking
3 years ago

The trail starts at the east entrance pay station. You climb up the hill, and then you are at the edge of the road.(Could have driven to the crest of the hill, stopped and took you pics). Signs a posted to stay on the trail, so I hiked down the west side, and the trail never did get to the rock.

hiking
4 years ago