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Elephant Rock Trail

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Elephant Rock Trail is a 0.3 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.

Distance: 0.3 miles Elevation Gain: 52 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wildlife

rocky

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
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The famous rock is broken now which was a little sad to see. the baby elephant still stands.

4 months ago

Easy little trail that basically helps visitors stay off the road. LOTS of fun rocks to climb on so the kids LOVED this one.

4 months ago

easy, interesting rock formation

hiking
4 months ago

Cool looking rock, short walk, i found a couple that seem disappointed, I think it’s worth the stop when you at the park. You can also see it from the road, but there is no room to pull out. Please don’t clim the rock or stack silly rocks on the trail.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Not much of a hike. Cool rock you can see from the road.

hiking
5 months ago

Elephant Rock 1.5 miles Mouse's Tank and beyond 2.0 miles Rainbow Vista 1.2 miles White Dome 1.2 miles Fire Wave 1.4 miles

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty short walk to the namesake rock. Lots of people here. A short walk, so might as well do it.

hiking
off trail
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
muddy
no shade
off trail
rocky
7 months ago

Muddy due to rain... Easy trail....

hiking
7 months ago

Super short but don’t miss this if you go to valley of Fire!

hiking
7 months ago

Short and sweet trail with a nice view of the rock formation.

8 months ago

Super easy...way too short but neat to see

9 months ago

Great for a break from the car ride!

10 months ago

cool stop on our way out

11 months ago

Did the loop trail instead. Definitely recommend it over this super short one. Picturesque and fun.

hiking
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Very easy to get to. Not that impressive in my opinion. Worth a stop if you have little ones maybe

hiking
Sunday, August 19, 2018

Short and easy

hiking
Friday, August 03, 2018

7AM! We had a blast entering in from the Lake Mead side of the highway and hit this site first! Nobody there yet and early enough not to be too hot. You can park right below this rock formation and take a quick hike up. The trail is marked with some fading white chalk and takes you directly up and behind for an awesome view! FYI: Signs say not to walk on the road.

hiking
Sunday, July 15, 2018

short trail easy for kids and pets. Was easy to get lost. It's right off the road.

hiking
Sunday, April 08, 2018

There's actually a looping trail here, but many people took the direct route to the elephant rock. I recommend the loop, as there is plenty of beautiful scenery to enjoy.

hiking
Thursday, March 29, 2018

I wouldn’t really call this a hiking trail. It’s a small short walk along the side of the main road right on the east entrance of the park. The rock formation is pretty neat though.

walking
Sunday, March 25, 2018

short hike with nice rock formation

hiking
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

We walked the loop at this stop and enjoyed all of the amazing formations.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

this is actually one of my least favorite areas of the park. However if you cross the street from the parking area and go up the hill there's lots of fun rocks to scramble over and a pretty view of Lake Mead

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