Jabal AlFil (Elephant Rock)

One of Alula's many geological marvels is the awe-inspiring 'Elephant Rock.' Also known as Jabal AlFil, this rock majestically climbs three stories into the Saudi Arabian sky. It has stood still since time immemorial in the golden desert.

The 'trunk' and 'body' of this monolithic red sandstone animal were formed by natural forces — wind and water erosion millions of years ago. As opposed to the elaborate, hand-carved facades of the neighboring Hegra's Nabataean tombs, this natural wonder remains untouched or unaffected by the sun's harshness. This unique rock formation has the appearance of an elephant with its trunk firmly rooted on the ground.

The landscape of golden beaches and rocky outcrops, many of which are equally astonishing in size and have intriguing shapes and figures. All this only adds to the historical beauty of the raw building.

How to explore Jabal AlFil?

- Go on a guided safari tour to this place; the guide will explain all the stories behind the formation of this rock.

- If you have a jeep, plan an off-roading trip with friends to this place because the path through the sand dunes is very interesting.

- Stunning sunset views emerge from the trunk of the elephant rock. Take a carpet along to relax and admire all the views of the reddish-orange sunset.

- The restaurant 'Salt' is present nearby, where you can gorge on delicious Arabic food and witness the massiveness of the rock.

- You can have some artistic photography shots when the rays of the sun pass between the body and the trunk. The beauty is beyond comparison.

- Another activity offered by the tour guides is buggy sand dunes riding. This adventure turns out to be thrilling.

- Horse riding and camel riding calls for another adventure to experience.

- 4X4 adventure riding in the dunes will give you an adrenaline rush.

- Organize a picnic here with your pals at this place where peace and privacy are at their max.

- This place is equipped with comfortable seating areas with a fireplace. Additional services of food and beverages are also available.

- Pink camel pastry boutique lies next to this heritage site. You can fulfill your sweet cravings at this boutique cafe after visiting the site.

- Plan a barbeque evening with friends at this place because the beautiful sunset will set your mood.

- Take your camping tents along and stay overnight there with friends.

- Go abseiling on a magnificent mountain landscape. It is for both experienced and first-time climbers.

- Go on a 30-min helicopter guided tour to view the monuments from above.

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Address of Jabal AlFil (Elephant Rock)

AlUla 43521, Saudi Arabia

Opening & Closing time of Jabal AlFil (Elephant Rock)

  • Monday
    Open 24 Hours
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