Balanced Rock Loop Trail

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Balanced Rock Loop Trail is a 0.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Moab, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

0.3 miles 76 feet Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Short easy stroll to several interesting rock formations at the half way point down the Arches National Park main road. I climbed to the bottom of the rock 73ft easy climb Easy paved 0.3 mile loop walk to a huge 3600 ton boulder perched atop a spire support, typical of formations in Arches NP. Try to fathom how the rock got up there in the first place and how much longer it will stay, or if it will fall in the near future, similar to the fate of Landscape Arch further down the road.

walking
1 month ago

Good views

walking
2 months ago

Easy walk to the formation. Good views to the East as well. We caught glimpses of the clouds lifting off La Sal Mountains revealing fresh snow.

3 months ago

easy loop. starts out paved, then trail moves on to the rock. scenic view. restrooms short distance up dirt road across from balance rock parking lot.

4 months ago

Very short and easy hike to see the balanced rock formation, which is pretty cool to see.

hiking
5 months ago

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8 months ago

walking
8 months ago

Visited again today and did some new hikes back to some more arches.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

amazing sight. super simple hike

walking
9 months ago

Nice short hike - definitely worth the 15 - 25 minute stroll.

hiking
9 months ago

Very fast hike around the rock. Great warm-up to the rest of the hikes in the park.

hiking
10 months ago

Another trail that worth the stop. Balanced Rock is a beautiful sight and the trail is super short, So if you're in a hurry, you can still fit this into your itinerary.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice short hike!

1 year ago

I didn't do the full trail. But def worth a gander to get a good look at how that rock manages to stay balanced up there!

hiking
1 year ago

Balanced Rock proves that there is more than just arches at Arches National Park. Balanced Rock is worth the mere 15 to 30 minutes it takes to stroll around the paved trail. Best photographed in the late afternoon and evening. For more information and pictures, visit http://www.yourhikeguide.com/category/national-parks-and-monuments/arches-national-park/

hiking
1 year ago

More of a promenade than a hike, but I did think it was cool that it is mostly wheelchair accessible. The Balanced Rock is rather cool looking and the nature signs displayed around the trail I found interesting. There's a picnic pavilion just North-East of Balanced Rock. Perfect place for scenic luncheon. My kids are calling Balanced Rock a "God-made Cairn". Thought that was clever.

hiking
1 year ago

Not a hike so much as a simple walk, but worth taking to get close up to the formation.