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Monday, July 4, 2011

Elephant Feet @ Tonalea Arizona

Can you see the Mammoth's foot?


This is an easily-accessed site because it's on the roadside along the highway @ Tonalea (Navajo: Tó Nehelį́į́h) some 20 miles of Tuba City in the Navajo Reservation. 


Elephant Feet is a mountain pillar in Coconino County in the state of Arizona (AZ). Elephant Feet climbs to 5,502 feet (1,677.01 meters) above sea level. Elephant Feet is located at latitude - longitude coordinates (also called lat - long coordinates or GPS coordinates) of N 36.331104 and W -110.924867.


Mother nature did an awesome job with those natural sculptures. The rocks appear to be intricately done.


The Elephant's Feet are natural rock formation along the side of the road.


The site can easily be photographed from the road.


The girls were fascinated with the different shades, hues and textures of the rocks. Something they don't always see during their usual school-sponsored field trips.


The shape and form are obviously that of elephant's feet. You don't have to squint your eye or tilt your head to decipher the image. The fact that it's brownish-red  in color (and not grey) does not even make a difference.


We can even count the toes!


The girls had fun exploring the area. 


Direction:
On the north side of US 160, either 34 miles east of its junction with US 89, or 16.5 miles west of its intersection with Hwy 98.


The lower part of the rock formation is wide enough for kids to climb and explore.


These two lonely rock pillars that resemble elephant legs are amazingly spaced making me think of a mammoth who got stuck on the ground and have therefore decided to just leave its hind legs behind!



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27 comments:

wenn said...

wow..it looks so real.

Evelyn said...

awesome.The colours are great too.

betchai said...

oh wow Tes, this is a very fun post, thanks for sharing this place, we should mark it next time we explore the area again. I know we would still be back on this side of the Grand Circle since there are still a lot there we were not able to explore. There are just sights there everywhere, and thanks so much for this post, it is very helpful for travelers.

love love all those fun pictures with your nieces and your jumping pictures are always awesome.

James said...

That is so cool! I wish I saw this when I drove through Arizona last month. I did see a rock formation that looked like a camel in New Mexico. :)

snowwhite said...

Just awesome!!! Thank you for posting such intriguing photos! Yes, they look like hind legs of a huge Mammoth. It seems that the huge Mammoth made the warp leaving its feet. Mother Nature will keep visitors and me puzzled “What is this???”. I hope to see these mysterious rocks someday.
Tes, Thanks a lot for your kind comment to my former blog. I wrote the reply to you, so just glance over it.
Have a wonderful day!

SquirrelQueen said...

What amazing rock formations, they do look like elephants feet. It looks like the girls had a great time exploring. Great photos Tes.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, how cool! And what an awesome place, the rock formations do look like elephant feet. Wonderful photo, Tes!

rainfield61 said...

It really looks like a foot.

It must be an elephant a long long long long time ago.

Xavi said...

This is a place I would love to visit. It looks absolutely gorgeous!
Wonderful pictures, Tes.

Best regards from Barcelona

Gary said...

I sure can see the feet. Great to see you out participating with your children. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Indrani said...

Whoa! Mind blowing!
Great pictures.

George said...

These rock formations are amazing. We saw some fantastic formations on our trip last month, although we have not seen these. Thank you for giving us a good excuse to go back.

Rajesh said...

Amazing shots. Not seen anything like this before.

Photo Cache said...

that is incredible. i want to go there :)

thanks for the greetings.

Pat said...

This is so cool! I'm going to have to look it up on the map and see if we've ever driven near this site. I'll be sure to add this to our stop on our travels. Thanks for posting this!

Shey said...

Whoa, that's amazing! Awesome rock formations. Would love to see this someday. :)

Sharon Wagner said...

Nature is so grand!

Gattina said...

Isn't that amazing what nature has created ? I saw them in the 90th. There are similar formations in South Turkey, but the color is different the rocks are white.

Al said...

I've never heard of this before, but it looks incredible! I'll have to remember it next time I'm in Arizona - we drive through every couple of years.

Melissa said...

How cool Mother Nature is. They really do look like elephant's feet.

stardust said...

Wow, nature never ceases to surprise us with its wonder, mystery, and huge energy. Thank you for sharing interesting rock formation of elephant's feet. Oh, you again let girls jump for your photography like former post titled "Jump" if I remember correct. Nice shot!

Life Ramblings said...

wow, that is amazingly cool. i don't think i've seen anything like that before.

ksdoolittle said...

Ah, the wonders of nature. What an awesome place. Thanks for sharing. ~karen

Wren said...

Very cool! I love that part of the country. I'll keep an eye out for these next time.

Jenny said...

What neat rock formations! I'd love to go see those when it cools off.

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business class flights said...

Great feet, will love to visit there, thanks for the post.

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