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Balanced Rock – Arches National Park
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Overview
Location

Arches National Park – Southern Utah near Moab

Sights

Balanced Rock

Distance

Little more than 1/4 mile roundtrip

Parking Lot Elevation

5040 ft

Summit Elevation

N/A

Elevation Gain/Loss

Varies slightly

Time Required

<1 hour

Pets

Not allowed on trail

Fees

Yes. There is an entrance fee to Arches National Park

Water Info

Water at visitor center. Bring a bottle of water. No water within Balanced Rock vicinity.

Best Season

All – very hot in summer though.

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

No shade on trail route.

Trail Condition

Trail has wheelchair access up until a certain point then trail is dirt path with some stairs along the way. Very well used and clear trail.

Restrooms

At visitor center at park entrance.

Visitor Center

Yes, at park entrance.

Camping

Yes, only in designated camping areas. There are camping fees as well.

Food

Bring snacks

Equipment

Hat, sunglasses

GPS Coordinates

Trailhead: 38° 42.102’N, 109° 33.978’W
Balanced Rock:  38° 42.055’N, 109° 33.875’W

Trail Map


Driving Directions:

In Arches National Park entrance past the entrance station, travel 9 miles on Arches Scenic Drive.

After 9 miles, and when you come to the first intersection, take the first right into the parking lot of Balanced Rock.


The Trail:

Trail Start

Trail Start

The trail starts off on a concrete path that wheelchairs can use with ease.  The concrete path travels to the east of the Balanced Rock formation and ends just behind it.

You will notice to the east a primitive trail exists and offers many other exciting views of Balanced Rock.  The trail is still very easy to manage and is recommended.

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It's gonna fall!

It’s gonna fall!

The primitive trail circles around Balanced rock and then ends up back at the start near the parking lot.  You get incredible views of the formation and wonder how it is still holding up after how many years of erosion.

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The Return:

Walk back to the parking lot.


Personal Thoughts:

This is a great short hike for all to enjoy.  To fully appreciate how precarious Balanced Rock really is, I recommend you take the primitive trail around the rock and see just amazing it is.  You will leave this place wondering how much longer Balanced Rock can stay balanced.


Balanced Rock – Arches National Park

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