Elephant Rocks State Park, Graniteville Missouri

The history, geology, and BOULDERING here is absolutely amazing to say the least! The park was established in 1967 and has been a top destination for vacationing families or rock climbers for years. 

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These granite rocks formed about 1.5 billion years ago during the Precambrian period in a time where the only life forms that existed were eukaryotic cells. All of these rocks are classified as igneous rocks, which means that they were formed by liquid magma that later cooled and hardened under the earth’s surface. These rocks were then weathered and shaped into the massive rounded elephant shaped rocks that you see today. 

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This 134 acre span of property was once a massive quarry site, and remnants of this activity can be seen along the Braille Trail in the park. The Braille Trail was constructed so that everyone including the blind, physically impaired, or those in a wheelchair can enjoy this geologic wonder.  

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Once the quarry laborers became certified as Master Stone Cutters, they would carve their names and the date to celebrate their achievement. 

If you’ve been to downtown St. Louis you’ll recognize the buildings and roads that most likely have incorporated some Elephant Rock granite in their construction. 

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Here are a few shots of the boulder problems and the favorites that we managed to climb. 

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There are SO MANY more that we didn’t have time to check out, so we will definitely be back! 

 

 

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