Balanced Rock

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Balanced Rock (left)
Balanced Rock
Under the starry skies

Balanced Rock is one of the most popular features of Arches National Park, situated in Grand County, Utah, United States. Balanced Rock is located next to the park's main road, at about 9.2 miles (14.8 km) from the park entrance. It is one of only a few prominent features clearly visible from the road.[1]

The total height of Balanced Rock is 128 feet (39 m), with the balancing rock rising 55 feet (16.75 m) above the base. This rock is the largest of its kind in the park, weighing approximately 3,577 tons, the same as an icebreaker ship[clarification needed] or 27 blue whales.[2] Balanced Rock had a smaller sibling named "Chip-Off-the-Old-Block" that collapsed in the winter of 1975–76, the eventual fate of this feature as well.[1]

There is also a short loop trail leading around the base of the rock.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Balanced Rock – Arches National Park (U.S. National Park Service)". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  2. ^ "Arches Rock Stars – Arches National Park (U.S. National Park Service)". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  3. ^ "Balanced Rock Loop Trail". AllTrails. Retrieved 11 January 2020.

External links[edit]

Media related to Balanced Rock (Arches National Park) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°42′02″N 109°33′51″W / 38.70056°N 109.56417°W / 38.70056; -109.56417