The Amazing Balanced Rock
• 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. Touch 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
Also see . . . Balanced Rock - Garden of the Gods. See Wikipedia photo. (Submitted on August 15, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,188 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on January 27, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 5. submitted on January 28, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.