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green Balanced Rock Trail

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Trail

0.3 mile 0.5 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 27' 8 m
Descent: -27' -8 m
High: 5,067' 1,544 m
Low: 5,040' 1,536 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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This is a family-friendly, easy loop trail around the base of picturesque rock formation

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Family Friendly This is a family-friendly, easy loop trail around the base of picturesque rock formation

Overview

This easy loop delivers 5-star views of the magnificent balanced rock.

Description

The Balanced Rock Trail is nearly flat loop around a precariously balanced rock on a large pedestal. Marvel at the rock's improbable position! Partly paved, part on dirt, this popular trail circumnavigates the spire so you can see it from all sides. Supposedly, the top rock is as large as 3 school buses! Leaving directly from the parking lot and clocking in at less than a half mile in total, this is a trail almost anyone can do. Late afternoon is thought to be the best time to photograph Balanced Rock for the best color.

This rock formation was formed through a natural wind and water weathering process. Another interesting factoid is that Edward Abbey once lived near this rock when he served as an Arches Nat. Park ranger here in the 1950's. From this path you can also get good views of the Windows, the La Sal mountains and the Garden of Eden area. Note: no bikes are allowed on this trail.

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Jun 16, 2019
Julie Bauman
Jun 14, 2019
Michael Borgmeyer
Jun 11, 2019
Trpy Erdman
Didn't go around but took photos.
May 23, 2019
Cynthia Fox
May 22, 2019
Charles Piazza
May 17, 2019
Scott Salas
May 8, 2019
Jess S
Apr 24, 2019
Augustus Sutera

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  4.0 from 31 votes

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