Elephant Rock

A quick hike with an overlook and a natural-rock playground that's great for kids.

Hiking Easy

1.4 km
42 m
42 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
851 m
High Point
894 m
Elephant Rock Map

This is a short and sweet hike on the Military Reserve near downtown Boise. It goes up a hill to a unique sandstone dome called Elephant Rock, which kids will love to scramble on. The eroded rock is surrounded in beach-like sand and angled slabs, making the whole zone kind of like a natural playground.


From the rock you can go a bit farther uphill to an excellent view over the city. The panorama centers on the Capitol Building and the rest of the downtown skyline. From the the loop continues through a grove of thin trees and back downhill, easily returning to the road and the trailhead.



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

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