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You can almost imagine a trip to the Middle East as you travel along US Highways 50 & 6 in King's Canyon. The geologic formations in and near the Canyon resemble the Rub al-Khali Desert of Saudi Arabia.

About 60 miles west of Hinckley on the south side of the highway as you ascend King's Canyon is Elephant Rock, which is a natural stone arch. You won't miss it, if you watch for an elm tree on the right. A pullover area is provided, and looking to the south you will see the arch, which marks the entrance to Cat Canyon. The arch looks similar to an Indian elephant with a howdah (an overgrown saddle used to carry one or two people on the back of an elephant or a camel) on its back.

Continue traveling west across the top of King's Pass, and you will see a natural, step-pyramid on the right much like the one built by Pharaoh Djoser at Saqqara in Egypt. It is across the highway from a pull-over area.