Elephant Mountain is located northwest of the town of Daggett. The volcanic mountain was named because of its elephant like appearance. During the mining boom of the late 1800s a mill, and a half-dozen mines were located along the south side of the mountain. However, the miners of the 1800s were not the first people to mine Elephant Mountain, research has indicated that the mountain could have been mined as far back as 3,500 years.
Those ancient miners were not in search of precious metals, but rather in basalt tablet stone that could be used as portable metates, or grinding slicks. The quarry site is believed to have been used for thousands of years by the Native Americans of the region. Metates made of stone from Elephant Mountain have been found throughout the Mojave River region.
The quarry site is accessible today via a dirt road. Two water tanks are situated on the same volcanic mesa. While the quarrying efforts are not visibly noticeable there are still large basalt tablets that can be found with minimal effort.
Below the quarry on the basalt cliffs are a half-dozen scattered petroglyph panels.