When we went to Johnson Shut-Ins a few weeks ago or maybe it’s been a month now, we stopped at Elephant Rocks on the way back to have lunch. I do remember a trip to the park when I was little. I remember the huge rocks and my sister and I giggling about how they looked like butts and I remembered people swimming. Not much else, so I wanted to go back, seeing as we were so close.
The park is named after the huge rocks that, can you guess? are the size of elephants! There is a series of pink, granite rocks that are end to end and look like pink circus elephants, which is where the name came from. The rocks are something like 1.5 billion years old. A 100+ years ago, the rocks, which are granite, were mined. There are now two quarry’s in the park (full of water! I knew I remembered people swimming!), tons of huge rocks that can easily be climbed on, as well a few piles of rocks that looked like they had been dug out (they had some pretty straight edges), thrown in the pile and just left there.
The area was mined starting in 1869 and a number of miners carved their names in the rocks. Smart guys put the year too, so it’s easy to see how long their names have been there. There is still a granite quarry in use, right outside the park. There is a paved path through the park that is relatively flat and easy to navigate, as well as a number of picnic sites.