The Five Stones


“The Five Stones of the Elena Gallegos” is a sculpture by artist Billie Walters and is a memorial to Philip B Tollefsrud. Tollefsrud was a leading proponent of Open Space and was instrumental in the effort to preserve the Elena Gallegos Land Grant. Sadly, he died in 1976 before his dream became a reality. The sculpture consists of 5 granite boulders and collectively represents humans in nature. The first stone contains 38 brass studs, one for each year of Tollefsrud’s life; the remaining stones symbolize the connection of humanity to the environment.


Take I-40 to the Tramway exit (Exit 167). Head north on Tramway Blvd. for about 6 miles and turn east on Simms Park Rd. At the entrance booth for the Elena Gallegos Picnic area, follow the loop road to the right. The trailhead is at the east end of the road. The sculptures are located within the Albert G. Simms Park/Elena Gallegos Picnic Area at the start of the Pino Trail. There is a day use fee of $1.00 per car on weekdays, $2.00 on weekends.

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