Elephant Rock Trail

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Elephant Rock Trail is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Overton, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.4 miles
52 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





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.

12 days ago

Nice walk! Go further up for nice view

1 month ago

You can see the formation as you drive by, but there is no parking along the road - park in the lot near the east gate and take the short walk up the hill. It's a cool formation, and you can see it quickly enough that it won't cost any time.

2 months ago

I wouldn’t quite consider this a trail as it is right off the road at the East entrance. If you’re in the park you might as well stop for this as well and snap a few pics. Very neat Little Rock formation.

6 months ago

A short hike over rocky ground from the East entrance of the park.

7 months ago

Walking up behind the rock is the best way to see it, imo.

7 months ago

Short trail in a neat looking area. The rock itself is kind of cool, I guess. The glowing red rocks is the coolest part about the park though!

7 months ago

I agree the rock is smaller than you would think. Also quite easy to walk past. when you turn the corner don't miss the sign and look up!

7 months ago

There is a sign asking you to keep off the rock which was a disappointment because of all of the pictures that I'd see of people getting up close to the rock

9 months ago

Ummm- cool rock formation, but literally right off the road and smaller than it seems in pics.

9 months ago

There is no need to hike anywhere to see the Elephant - it can be viewed from the road. Not sure why this isn't more clearly indicated...the trail head is very misleading and unnecessary.

10 months ago

Short easy trail. Very nice!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Easy hike! Cute rock elephant take the kids to enjoy, you just park and walk a couple feet to left and you are there!

Monday, November 28, 2016

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

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Super quick and easy

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

It was ok.

Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

it was OK

Monday, February 29, 2016

Elephant Rock was cool but the trail was just okay.

Friday, January 29, 2016

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

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