Elephant Rock, Tijeras Canyon, New Mexico

This illustration shows the so-called Elephant Rock as viewed from the highway as it passes on into Tijeras Canyon in New Mexico.

Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T. Art Colortone”

The description states:

A-37 — ELEPHANT ROCK ON HIGHWAY U.S. 66 ENTERING TIJERAS CANYON, EAST OF ALBUQUERQUE, N. M.

This well known landmark comes into view shortly after entering Tijeras Canyon of the Sandia Mountains, eastbound out of the city for Santa Rosa, Tucumcari and West Texas points.

–It appears the fanciful name did not catch on, as the formation is not easily identified on line today. The word Tijeras means scissors.

This image likely dates from the 1940s.

4 thoughts on “Elephant Rock, Tijeras Canyon, New Mexico

  1. Don Walton Jr

    It was knocked over in the 40s by a crew moving a military bunker in the area. Only the pedestal remains.

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