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Balanced Rock Trail, Moab

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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 miles (14.5 km) from the park entrance.The total height of Balanced Rock is about 128 feet (39 m), with the balancing rock rising 55 feet (16.75 m) above the base. The big rock on top is the size of three school buses. Until in recent times, Balanced Rock had a similar separate balanced rock named "Chip Off the Old Block". The rock, much smaller than Balanced rock, fell during the winter of 1975/1976.Balanced Rock can be seen from the park's main road. There is also a short loop trail leading around the base of the rock. Balanced rock was formed through a process known as weathering.
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  • We were in the Park on Saturday morning at 06:15 for the sunrise I didn't have time to drive to the Devils area or hike to Delicate Arch and the Windows section is currently shut for Road resurfacing ...  more »
  • Taking this easy third mile trail gets you up close to Balanced Rock. Just do not touch! Somebody has certainly got a sense of humor. Is this a prehistoric golf course? The wonders of geology in these...  more »
  • Impressive as all are around us at Arches National Park. Access by car and 10 minutes walk to access the site. Not to be missed. Stop there to take some pictures but especially to admire it.
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For affordable accommodations away from tourist crowds, stay outside Moab's busy downtown. Many inns in this area offer free shuttle services to the central part of town, allowing you quick and easy access to Moab's finest shops and restaurants. If you do not plan to spend much time in your room, consider staying at a budget-friendly motel or hostel. For the ultimate in outdoorsy options, campgrounds inside the area's national parks make up what they lack in modern amenities with their panoramic views of the red desert.
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