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Near Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Amazing Balanced Rock

 
 
The Amazing Balanced Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, July 1, 2011
1. The Amazing Balanced Rock Marker
Inscription. Around 300 million years ago, the Ancestral Rockies once stood here. Over time, the forces of wind and water eroded the magnificent peaks into swift streams full of sediments. These sediments were eventually pressed and cemented into solid rock. The new rocks took the form of:
Sands full of iron oxide creating red sandstone rock
muds forming softer, more delicate shales and
a mixture of sand and pebbles called conglomerate.

Balanced Rock was exposed more than 60 million years ago when the existing Rocky Mountains rose. To make its current shape, the soft, bottom layer of shale eroded much faster than the harder sandstone and conglomerate above. Amazingly, the narrow pedestal supporting Balanced Rock has held the 700-ton weight for thousands of years.
 
Location. 38° 51.896′ N, 104° 53.842′ W. Marker is near Colorado Springs, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker is on Garden Drive, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in Garden of the Gods Park. Marker is in this post office area: Manitou Springs CO 80829, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Goerke & Son Photography (here, next to this marker); A Plentiful Harvest (here, next to this

The Amazing Balanced Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, July 1, 2011
2. The Amazing Balanced Rock Marker
marker); Indian Trail (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wheeler Town Clock (approx. 1.1 miles away); Welcome to Garden of the Gods Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ute Pass (approx. 1.6 miles away); Garden of the Gods Park (approx. 1.6 miles away); Bloomer Girl; A Colorado Trailblazer (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Colorado Springs.
 
Also see . . .  Balanced Rock - Garden of the Gods. See Wikipedia photo. (Submitted on August 15, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
The Amazing Balanced Rock image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 30, 2008
3. The Amazing Balanced Rock
The Amazing Balanced Rock image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 30, 2008
4. The Amazing Balanced Rock
The Amazing Balanced Rock image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 29, 1994
5. The Amazing Balanced Rock
see tourist on the right side to show the size of the boulder
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,138 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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