Balanced Rock

Storm clouds passing over Balanced Rock as sunset illuminates it with golden light. Arches National Park, Utah

Distance: 0.3 miles

Type: Loop

Difficulty: Easy

Water: No

Kid-friendly: Yes

Dog-friendly: No

The Balanced Rock Trail is an easy 0.3 mile hike in Arches National Park that circumnavigates the prominent titular sandstone feature.

Balanced Rock Trail Description

The trail begins from the parking area and is paved along the right side of the spire as it easily makes a small ascent to the backside of the rock. A widened platform sets up a stunning panoramic view of the Windows area with the La Sal Mountains rising high above in the distance.

The trail from here transitions to a more traditional dirt and sandstone, climbing up a small and easy set of steps to the back of Balanced Rock. It then descends along the north side, gently meandering through the high desert features while offering different vantage points of the iconic rock. As it wraps around, it soon joins back up with the start of the trail.

Getting There

From the Arches National Park entrance station, head up along the main road for 8.8 miles and look for the Balanced Rock parking area on your right.

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