Balanced Rock hike in Arches National Park, Moab
Balanced Rock hike in Arches National Park, Moab

Balanced Rock hike

Moab and Arches National Park
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Balanced Rock hike

Distance: 0.5mi
Elevation: 36ft
Time: 0.5h

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This quick jaunt from the parking lot brings you around the world famous Balanced Rock tower. Visible from miles away (even visible from our Portal Overlook hike), this amazing rock formation is an obvious roadside attraction.

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Getting there

From Moab drive north along the 191, crossing the Colorado River until you reach the signposted turn towards Arches National Park. Pay your dues at the park entrance, then drive along the Arches Scenic Drive for 8.8mi. On the right will be a well signposted turnoff for Balanced Rock. There is a relatively small parking lot, however it clears quickly. No toilets are found at the trailhead.

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When to do

Year Round

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

No

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Circuit


Balanced Rock
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Route Description for Balanced Rock

This lollipop-loop hike leads out from the parking lot, then circles around Balanced Rock before returning back along the original approach. This is a very short hike, however, sections are quite rocky and may not be suitable for sandals or infants. Young children, however, should have a blast on this hike!

The rock ‘balanced’ on top is essentially the size of three school busses, and the entire tower totals at 128ft! From a distance, balanced rock and the towers surrounding it take the form of a hand. You will get very intimate views of the rocky tower, as well as magnificent panoramas of the towers and cliffs that are scattered throughout the plateau.

If you want to find other great hikes around Moab and Arches National Park, check out the Delicate Arch Hike, Double Arch Hike or the Dead Horse Point Hike.

Insider Hints

  • If you are doing several hikes in Arches National Park in a single day, consider doing this one last as its parking lot is the least busy.

Comments

Barbara Clarkson 11 months ago

Viewing this rock formation was really amazing. The rock erosion and details were worth the trip. Stunning!

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Frank M. 1 year ago

This was a great early morning hike! Nice trail, fairly well marked. A few spots where we had to scramble up and over some rocks but manageable. The view at the top was amazing!!

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Meander L. 2 years ago

Family-friendly hike. Cool rock formations. A nice stretch for your legs.

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Lucky P. 2 years ago

Balanced Rock is awesome. Overall a good experience.

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Omni P. 2 years ago

Easy hike. Outstanding rock formations for photography sessions.

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Annie Smith 2 years ago

Quick little walk to Balanced Rock, but a good way to stretch the legs while driving.

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Giedre 2 years ago

I must admit, I didn't go there as you can easily see this rock from your car but it's amazing nonetheless

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Bao X 2 years ago

Very nice. Really interesting park

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MaggieRoy 2 years ago

Mother Nature is mindblowing

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Burokai 2 years ago

Easy to visit - just jump out of the car and go see it. Lots of people

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