My Short and Steep Hike To the Base of Balanced Rock In Fruita Canyon
Nothing beats a balanced rock in a large red rock canyon ... This is my tribute page to Balanced Rock, a feature near the west entrance of Colorado National Monument outside
Sure, there are many rock structures named "balanced rock" throughout the western USA, but this one deserves recognition.
Often first-time visitors to Colorado National Monument feel compelled to snap a photo ... for good reason!
In the photo gallery below, I include my photos and videos of my short hike to the base of Balanced Rock.
Balanced Rock stands as a sentinel on the south side of Fruita Canyon.
An informative sign about the formation of Balanced Rock.
As with any of these photos, click the thumbnail to view it at a larger size.
This is the common view of Balanced Rock from the pull out on Rim Rock Drive.
My Hike To Balanced Rock
October 1, 2012 - I parked at the Balanced Rock pull out and hiked up the south side of Fruita Canyon.
There seemed to be a social trail that led part of the way toward the rock.
Although I wouldn't characterize my hike as dangerous, there was definitely enough things to scare away the casual visitor.
What I did is not for the faint of heart. Some scrambling was required, I got scratched pretty badly by a few thorny brushes
and a two steep sections required extra care and good footing. If you go, you shouldn't go alone.
Use your mind and be prepared.
Adjacent: Two photos of Balanced Rock as I worked toward the canyon wall.
Looking across Fruita Canyon with Rim Rock Drive below.
I made it below Balanced Rock in about 10 or 15 minutes.