Location: Rio Grande CountySize: 378 acres Designated: 1994Land Manager: Bureau of Land ManagementElephant Rocks are a weathered remnant of the Fish Canyon tuff, dating from the late Oligocene period roughly 28 million years ago. The rocks themselves support an occurrence of the rare parsley Neoparrya lithophila, (rock-loving neoparrya). This member of the parsley family favors igneous outcrops or sedimentary rocks derived from volcanic eruptions. An interesting mixture of short grass prairie and foothill shrub land vegetation occurs on the site.
Colorado State Parks & Natural Areas by Frank WestonPublished September 1, 2008Click here to purchase.