Arches National Park - Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock is a precariously top-heavy tower next to the main road of Arches National Park, ten miles past the visitor center. Although this feature is in fact a single column of Entrada sandstone its appearance resembles a large boulder balanced on top of a thin neck. There was formerly a second, much smaller column similarly shaped that stood next to Blananced Rock and was named Chip-Off-The-Old-Block, which collapsed in the winter of 1975-1976. Go to Photo Collection

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Utah State Historical Society
Description This scene of Balanced Rock shows a light dusting of snow, contrasting with the short blackbrush and dark junipers on the slopes.
Date 1936
Photographer Neu, E.
Photo Source Utah State Historical Society

Description The vegetation around valanced Rock has remained stable since 1936. Most juniper have persisted for at least 70 years, with maybe one or two new recruits. Most of the small shrubs are mature blackbrush, and are not stunted from grazing as in 1936.
Date 2006
Photographer Schelz, Charles
Photo Source NPS - SEUG

Description Blackbrush nearly fills the foreground of this photo near Balanced Rock, with a few ephedra and prickly pear cactus scattered within. It appears that blackbrush grew more in the previous seven years than in the previous seventy. Many juniper standing since at least the early 20th century show severe dieback since 2006, likely due to recent severe drought.
Date 2013-05-11
Photographer Webb, R. H.
Photo Source USGS

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