Balanced Rock trail, Arches National Park, Utah, September 22, 2011
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 recently, Balanced Rock had a companion – a similar, but much smaller balanced rock named “Chip Off The Old Block”, which 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. (Wikipedia)