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Balanced Rock Trail

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 4.0 (59) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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0.3

Miles

0.5

KM

Loop

5,067' 1,544 m

High

5,040' 1,536 m

Low

27' 8 m

Up

27' 8 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs No Dogs

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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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  4.0 from 59 votes

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Balance Rock
Oct 18, 2017 near Moab, UT
Balanced Rock, Arches National Park
Mar 7, 2015 near Moab, UT
Balanced Rock doing its thing - balancing.
Jul 24, 2019 near Moab, UT
Balanced Rock
Feb 2, 2020 near Moab, UT
The sun gives Balanced Rock a halo
Feb 2, 2020 near Moab, UT
Moonrise behind Balanced Rock.
Jan 20, 2016 near Moab, UT

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Nov 12, 2021
Laura Rae
Oct 28, 2021
Manoj Abey
0.3mi
Oct 19, 2021
Arianna Shay
Oct 18, 2021
Hannah Romstadt
Oct 18, 2021
Jodie Fluegge
Neat!
Oct 1, 2021
Debbie Taylor
Mike, Debbie and Mikaela — 5h 30m
Sep 28, 2021
Kevin Long
Sep 16, 2021
Maya Prabhu