Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Arches National Park's Balanced Rock video

Day hikers can take a short walk to an astounding 55-foot tall block on the Balanced Rock Trail at Arches National Park in eastern Utah.

To reach the national park, from Interstate 70 take U.S. Hwy. 191 south. The park’s entrance is on the road’s left/east side. From the visitor center, drive up the cliff along Park Avenue. At 9.2 miles, you’ll come to the parking lot for Balanced Rock and the Windows arches.

The trail leads to a dinosaur-era rock that looks like a ball atop a pedestal. The sandstone spire technically is known as a hoodoo.

Here’s a video of Balanced Rock taken along the trail:

After taking in the geological wonder on the quarter-mile loop, visitors can continue via The Windows Trail to see The Windows arches. Here's an article more fully describing the trail.

Learn about other great national park day hiking trails in my Best Sights to See at America’s National Parks guidebook.