Elephant Rocks State Park - Visual Journey...Missouri
 
   
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The rock formations in Elephant Rocks State Park in Missouri were created 1.5 billion years ago when molten rock accumulated beneath the surface of the earth and slowly cooled to form red granite rock.
The rocks then became exposed due to the surrounding materials being slowly eroded away by water. The giant red granite boulders, the size of elephants, are the result of this process.  
 
   
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Circular areas called "solution pans" result from erosion and weathering and are shown here holding water after a rain.
The fall color is especially nice in this area.  Plan on visiting around the third week of October, give or take a week, to see the tree colors at their peak.  
 
   
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Elephant Rocks State Park is located on Hwy. 21 in Graniteville, 2 miles north of Route N junction, in Iron County, Missouri. 
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