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

Length 0.3 mi Elevation gain 55 ft Route type Loop

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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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.

There are good parking and public restrooms throughout the park.

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

Directions from Main Park Entrance: Drive 9 miles northward along the park road to Balanced Rock parking area. You can see the balanced rock from the main road. The trail is easy and very accessible.

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Reviews (446)
Photos (300)
Recordings (245)
Completed (2001)
Chandlie Stratton
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This was just alright for me. Other parks have cooler balancing rocks and hoodoos in my opinion. But if you’ve never seen something like this then it’s definitely worth the stop. I wouldn’t consider it a hike. More like a short walk.

Andy Ho
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Lysandra Ness
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Hiking

Great short trail with an incredible view. Easy walk - part of it is ADA accessible. Easy one for small kids.

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Erika Osborn
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cute little trail that lets you get all the way around the rock. I'd think great for families. perfect to pair with a long/strenuous hike as it's easy and short

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Hiking

Short trail with some steps that offers 360 views of the balanced rock. Balanced rock is also visible from the road but this short ~8 min hike lets you get closer.

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Jerem Mitchell
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Go early morning or late evening due to temperatures in mid summer. Well with it.

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Chuck Mallett
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Hiking

Easy trail that goes all the way around the Balanced Rock.

Joseph Q
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John Lawson
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Hiking

One of the first main stops to see. Easy little hike up to the arch as well as a primitive hike — follow the rock piles (cairns) made by the rangers to help keep you on path.. do not disturb the rock piles please.

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Tristan Nielson
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Hiking

It is a short little loop that goes around the balanced rock with not much else. It is still a nice stroll but doesn't compare to other views and arches in the park.

Clayton Vincent
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Very very short, not super impressed with the views. The rock was neat but that was about all there was to see.

Don Schuy
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I hesitate to call this a hike or a trail because it was right there. The balanced rock is very cool though. Lots of oblivious folks though posing hard for photos here.

Erica Regan
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Hiking

Fun, easy hike. Great photo opps. If lot is full to park, be patient. It’s a very short hike and people go in and out of the lot.

Chris Nguyen
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Easy and fun hike. Enjoy!

Jennifer Madison
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Easy hike for anybody to complete.

Douglas Sears
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VERY easy short trail. Worth the stop

Matt Giardiello
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Hiking

Cool trail that takes you all the way around the rocks! Hot, very exposed to the sun!

Bill Martin
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Hiking

Blown away by the beauty of this place.

Alex Drena
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Hiking

Easy hike to a cool rock formation.

Mr. Arnold
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Easy

Kenyetta Lee-Loy
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So many beautiful arches. Highly recommend for beginners.

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JC Jiang
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Went for sunset in November

Nathan Vanengen
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Hiking

You could get a drive by photo, but where's the fun in that? Hike around the rock and wonder how it hasn't fell yet. For pictures and information about this trail and more follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen

Ellie Johnston
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great

Daniel Christensen
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Hiking

A simple trail that is family friendly.

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Not much of a hike but good spot to stop and take some quick pictures.

Joey Bail
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Quick hike with good view of Arch. Lots of people.

Holly Bosley
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Easy for anyone and just off the road. We did this early in the morning and enjoyed it.

Juan carlos Lopez
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Beautiful place

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Amanda Shen
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