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Near Moab in Grand County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Balanced Rock

 
 
Balanced Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 31, 2008
1. Balanced Rock Marker
Inscription. The forces of erosion are sculpting more than just arches. Balanced Rock clearly shows the various layers responsible for this amazing defiance of gravity.

The caprock of the hard Slick Rock Member of the Entrada Sandstone is perched upon a pedestal of mudstone. This softer Dewey Bridge Member of the Carmel Formation weathers more quickly than the resistant rock above. Eventually, the faster-eroding Dewey Bridge will cause the collapse of the Balanced Rock.

Throughout the park you can see other balanced rocks, spires, and pinnacles that form as different rock layers erode at different rates.


Entrada Sandstone
Total Height: 128 feet (39 meters)
Boulder Height: 55 feet (17 meters)
Boulder Weight: 3,500 tons (over 3 million kilograms)

Chip-Off-the-Old-Block was a steady companion to Balanced Rock until it toppled during the winter of 1975-76.
 
Location. 38° 42.089′ N, 109° 33.926′ W. Marker is near Moab, Utah, in Grand County. Marker is on Arches Entrance Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Arches National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Moab UT 84532, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wolfe Ranch (approx. 3.4

Balanced Rock image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 31, 2008
2. Balanced Rock
miles away); Moab Utah UMTRA Project (approx. 7.1 miles away); Grand Old Ranch House (approx. 7.5 miles away); Dalton Wells (approx. 7.8 miles away); Elk Mountain Mission (approx. 8.9 miles away); Early L.D.S. Church (approx. 8.9 miles away); Moab L.D.S. Church (approx. 8.9 miles away); The Old Log Cabin (approx. 8.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Moab.
 
Also see . . .  Arches National Park - NPS. (Submitted on January 30, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 576 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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