Balanced Rock In Arches National Park
Balanced Rock is one of the most iconic attractions located at Arches National Park.
This incredible rock formation can be found right off the main scenic drive in the park. The easy and family friendly hike consists of a gravel and slickrock trail that totals 0.3 miles round-trip with barely any elevation gain.
The beginning of this trail is paved so it is wheelchair accessible. The paved part of the path ends at a viewpoint where you can see The Windows section of the park and the La Sal Mountains in the distance. If walking isn’t you’re thing right at the beginning of the trail is a little spot where Balanced Rock is framed in the background for the perfect selfie.
Balanced Rock stands a staggering 128 feet tall in total and the Entrada Sandstone boulder that sits atop it weighs a whopping 3,600 ton. The boulder is 55-feet tall and the pedestal is 73 feet tall. The pedestal the boulder rests on is part of the Carmel Formation and is made of Dewey Bridge mudstone. This particular rock erodes at a much faster rate than Entrada Sandstone so the question is not if the boulder will fall, but when.
Once upon a time Balanced Rock had a neighboring rock pillar named “Chip Off The Old Block.” This little guy came tumbling down though in the winter of 1975-76. So if you want to be certain you will see this famous giant before it comes tumbling down too there is no time like the present.
The whole stop at this particular location in the park will take a total of 15 minutes and that’s with snapping about 100 pics of the rock from every angle on the trail! It’s also the perfect location for sunset viewing, stargazing and night photography for all you night owls out there.