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Hidden Gem: Elephant Arch

It’s getting to that time of year again in St. George the time when you can’t leave for an easy four-mile hike in the afternoon and not pay for it. But enough about my poor decision-making skills. This week’s installment of our Hidden Gems is a hike hidden in plain site of St. George, called Elephant Arch.

Proximity-wise, this hike is extremely close to the cities of St. George and Washington. I’m sure that now that you’ve seen my pictures of this hike you’ll be clamoring to know how to find it so you can rush out and experience it for yourself, so here’s the best guide I could find to get you there.

Wing-shaped red rock formation
Aerial view of desert brush

I know it’s going to get a lot warmer over the next couple of months, but last week felt pretty warm to me as I made my way up an empty wash, aptly named Bone Wash, since it was bone dry. Even with the heat, I was pretty excited to see this sandstone arch. The real treat for me, though, was that most of my hike was trimmed with wildflowers. I mean a lot of flowers. Like way more than you could expect or that a desert has any right to grow.

After coming and going from the wash a couple times, and seeing some cool sandstone formations along the way, I finally reached my destination. It was like some ancient statue left ages ago. It honestly does resemble an elephant, or at least the head and trunk of an elephant. Put this exotic animal on your list and make your next trip more than just a national park visit. You’ll be glad you did.

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