Location: Front Range District, San Luis Valley Field Office
Size: 1,338 acres
Designated: 1991 San Luis Land Use Plan
Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management, Royal Gorge Field Office
A remnant of the Fish Canyon tuff (late Oligocene, about 28 million years old), with unique rock formations supporting the rare plant, Bill's Neoparrya or Rock-loving Aletes (Neoparrya lithophila). This one-of-a-kind treasure contains traces of the Old Spanish Trail (west fork of north branch) and is rich with cultural sites. It supports ranging herds of pronghorn and mule deer, scenic vistas of the San Luis Valley and surrounding mountain ranges, and terrific recreational opportunities.
Elephant Rocks is also co-designated as a Colorado Natural Area under the direction of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.