Tom’s experience hiking to Elephant Arch:
The trail is through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and is about 3.8 miles round trip. The first part of the trail follows a dirt road and is fairly level.
You will drop down into a wash and the wash is very sandy and difficult to walk through. Near the end you will exit the wash to the right and follow a trail up to Elephant Arch.
When you first reach the arch it really doesn’t look like anything too special but if you hike up and around to the backside of the arch it really does look like an elephant and it is pretty cool. Dogs and horses are allowed on this trail.
If you go in the late spring, summer or early fall you will want to get an early start because this trail can get very hot. There is no water along the trail.
The trail is pretty well marked along the way.
Trail Info: From St. George, head north on I 15 for about 9 miles and take exit 10 to Washington. Turn left onto Green Springs Drive and head under I 15 and then take a right onto Buena Vista Road. After a fire station, turn left onto Main Street. This road will eventually turn into a dirt road. Follow that dirt road straight until you reach a fence and cannot go further. This is the parking area. The trail starts on the other side of the fence.
Elephant Arch Trailhead: 37.161655,-113.512913
Elephant Arch: 37.177348, -113.494111
- Arch Trail
- Chuckwalla Trail
- Ivins Petroglyphs
- Johnson Canyon Trail
- Kanarra Creek Canyon
- Little Narrows
- Red Cliffs Recreation Area Nature Trail
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