Elephant Rock

Icon set in stone

A true icon of AlUla, the elephant shaped rock formation stretches up 52 metres into the sky, its warm-hued sandstone shaped by wind and water erosion over the course of millions of years. Known in Arabic as Jabal AlFil, Elephant Rock is particularly magical at dusk when the fading sun casts a bewitching deep crimson light over the trunk and body of AlUla’s famous geological pachyderm.

Read More

Perfect way to enjoy

To truly soak up the natural spectacle of Elephant Rock as the evening approaches, visitors are encouraged to find a seat nearby and warm themselves at a welcoming fire pit to combat the desert chill while enjoying something to eat and drink.

Know Before You Go 

Insights to help make Elephant Rock part of your AlUla experience

Location

Location

AlUla, Saudi Arabia

Elephant Rock is a natural sandstone formation that has been eroded over millions of years by rain, wind and sand to take on the shape of an elephant.

Elephant Rock measures 52 metres at its highest point.

No, Elephant Rock is a beloved feature of AlUla and must be protected. Photography, of course, is permitted.

Elephant Rock is open daily from 4 pm to midnight, with extended hours on Thursdays and Fridays from 2 pm to midnight. As dusk descends, Elephant Rock is illuminated while music plays gently in the background for a magical experience.

Elephant Rock is a 20-minute drive northeast of Old Town. You can drive yourself to the site via Highway 70, where you’ll find free parking. A wooden path leads from the car park through the entrance to Elephant Rock. As Elephant Rock is an AlUla icon, many group tours or packages include it as a stop on their itineraries.

You can get burgers and shakes at SALT or an assortment of drinks at Elephant Rock Cafe by Key. Shisha is also available. Visitors are encouraged to find a seat near a firepit and enjoy the changing colours of Elephant Rock as the sun sets.

Everything you need to know

Be inspired and informed ahead of your visit

Read More

Practical information

Take the pain out of planning your holiday with these useful facts and travel tips

Things to do

Discover show-stopping natural wonders, thrilling adventures, hidden valleys, and a labyrinthine Old Town

Learn more

Food and drink

World-class chefs, mouth-watering menus, and spectacular scenery combine

What's on

Explore everything from music and wellness festivals, sports and heritage events and art exhibitions