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    Balanced Rock View Trail

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    Very Easy
    Duration
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    0.5h
    Distance
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    0.2 km
    Elevation
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    41 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Balancing Rock View Trail leads to a lookout over the south walls of the Black Canyon. Enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas from the cliffs-edge viewing area and keep an eye out for hikers below! Don’t forget to peer through the overlook’s gate to get an up close and personal view of the Balancing Rock.

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    Route Description for Balanced Rock View Trail

    The Balancing Rock View Trail is a short hike out to a spectacular viewpoint. Though the viewing area is fenced in, other ledges in the surrounding area are not. Ensure that you and your party maintain on the marked trail for the entirety of the hike.

    The Balancing Rock View Hike is a quick walk from the parking area to the overlook. From the parking lot, track south along the dirt path as it descends to the lookout. From the overlook enjoy panoramic sights of the Black Canyon and the Gunnison River below. The Balancing Rock is located just over the viewing area. Look through the fence down to the gigantic boulder that appears to be balancing on the cliff's edge.

    When you are done exploring the vista, simply retrace your steps back to the carpark.

    Getting to the Balanced Rock View Trail Trailhead

    The Balancing Rock View Trail is located off of the North Rim Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      Year-round

    • Pets allowed

      No

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Moderate

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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