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Overview

RATING: Roadside
LENGTH: 1 hour

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 72. Southwest wind 3 to 16 mph.

72 | 49

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 71. South southwest wind 10 to 22 mph.

71 | 48

Thu

A chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

64 | 47

Fri

A chance of rain showers before noon, then showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.

56 | 42

Sat

A chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

50 | 38

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SEASON: Any
WATER: None

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 72. Southwest wind 3 to 16 mph.

72 | 49

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 71. South southwest wind 10 to 22 mph.

71 | 48

Thu

A chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

64 | 47

Fri

A chance of rain showers before noon, then showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.

56 | 42

Sat

A chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

50 | 38

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Diane and Ruby at the arch.

Diane and Ruby at the arch.

In King's Canyon, west of Delta on Highway 6, the loneliest highway in America, sits Elephant Rock Arch. The arch, in the Sevy Dolomite rock layer, sits on the south side of the highway at the confluence of Cat Canyon coming in from the south, and King's Canyon where the highway goes. The arch looks like an elephant's head and trunk, complete with a basket on its back that could carry people. In South East Asia, these baskets are referred to as howdahs.

I have driven by this arch countless times over the years, always admiring it as I zoomed by on the highway. Finally, in 2024, the family and I actually took the time to stop and give the arch a proper visit. It turned out to be a fun little adventure. This is a great spot to stop and stretch your legs for a few minutes.

King's Canyon view from the arch.

King's Canyon view from the arch.

Getting There

The arch is on highway 6, west of Delta, UT at mile 26.6. This is about 60 miles west of Delta, or 26.6 miles east of the Nevada/Utah state line.

Cat Canyon above the arch on a February day.

Cat Canyon above the arch on a February day.

Route

From the pullout, the arch is clearly visible to the south. If you are adventurous and don't mind some loose scrambling, visiting the arch is quite fun.

To visit, follow the two-track road from the highway to the south side of the arch. A steep, loose hill on the south side (opposite highway 6) of the arch is a pretty easy route to the arch. Right at the arch, in particular, there is a fair bit of exposure and looseness. Not recommended for beginners, be careful! The lofty perch has some broad views of King's Canyon.

Side Hike: Cat Canyon, that the two-track drives up, is rugged and pretty. The two-track ends just around the next bend above the arch at the Wilderness Boundary, but continuing up Cat Canyon is a nice hike in a very seldom visited canyon. The old and now closed two-track is visible in spots above the Wildrenss Boundary but is quickly eroding and becoming overgrown.


Maps

Printable Maps:
Pullout

12S 277491mE 4329288mN

N39° 05' 04" W113° 34' 21"

Elephant Rock Arch

12S 277405mE 4329188mN

N39° 05' 00" W113° 34' 24"

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