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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Description This view of Balanced Rock shows the production crew and set for the film Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man. We see blackbrush on the foreground slope, and juniper surrounding the base of Balanced Rock. Extensive dirt roads and trails are visible in this scene.
Date 1963
Photographer Quinney, S. J.
Photo Source NPS - SEUG

Description Balanced Rock facilities are more paved than in the 1960s, with a parking lot replacing the small kiosk. Disused dirt roads are growing over with small shrubs, but previously impacted areas are visible as lighter-colored soils without much vegetation. The foreground slope covered in blackbrush has changed very little since the 1960s.
Date 2006-07-03
Photographer Schelz, Charles
Photo Source NPS

Description Blackbrush dominates the foreground slope, while juniper trees persist around the base of balanced rock. Old road and trail scars remain visible as light, barren soil near the roads and parking lot. Both the blackbrush and juniper show some effects of recent drought with dead branches and whole plants.
Date 2013-05-11
Photographer Lemke, W.
Photo Source NPS - SEUG

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