ElEPHANT ARCH
Superstition Mountains, Arizona



  • Type: sightseeing
  • Total Length: 1 mile out-and-back
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Season: year-round
  • Elevation Gain: 250 feet
  • Popularity: extremely low (no trail)
  • Fee: none
  • Fun: 4.5 of 10
  • Challenge: 3 of 10
  • Beauty: 6 of 10
  • Credibility: 1 visit in late 2015
  • Water: no water here
  • Dogs: not recommended*
  • Hammock Opportunity: none

I would recommend a vehicle with decent ground clearance for this trip. The arch is down 9 miles of rocky road off the US-60 in the Superstition Mountains. This is not a hiking trip. It's a sightseeing trip. Hiking to the arch takes about 15 minutes, so don't expect a challenge. We just went to camp out and practice photography.

Trail Description:

There is no definitive trail and the entire slope is covered in cacti and sharp rocks. You'll find a few lightly tread paths, but you're just as well off making your own. Fortunately, the arch is easily seen from the dirt road, so you can't get lost. We arrived in the dead of night and still found it after exploring with our headlamps for a bit.

It's in the middle of nowhere with rough terrain, but the view from above is something very few have seen - especially at sunrise. Totally worth it!

You can set up a tent directly north of the arch by a small flat rock protruding from the ground. There is no place to easily set up a hammock unless you have a shitload of rope/straps to hang it from the arch itself - which I really want to do now...

*As I've stated, there is no trail and the whole area is littered with cacti. There's no real reason to bring a dog here unless you can carry them to the flatter and relatively cactus free area at the arch - which is what I did with my puppy.


 

Getting to Elephant Arch "Trailhead":

This is an unofficial landmark, so you won't find it by searching google maps. Just punch in these coordinates and be on your way: 33.345914, -111.219281

Happy adventures! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!