Cleveland , Ohio
September 9, 2001
As its name implies, Balanced Rock consists of a large boulder perched atop a relatively slender pillar of rock. The boulder and pillar are made of two different type of stone, so they are wearing away at different rates. As we circled this formation, we got a greater appreciation for its mass and delicacy. From the proper angle, it reminded us of an African fertility doll – a large round head on a slender neck. Overall, Balanced Rock is 128 feet high and the boulder weighs approximately 3,577 tons. It is hard to imagine anything supporting this weight, much less this narrow "neck" of rapidly eroding rock!
The trail stayed so close to Balanced Rock that we felt that we could almost touch it. It also took us past the remains of the fallen Chip Off the Old Block, a smaller balanced rock that collapsed during the winter of 1975-76. Someday, its big brother will collapse the same way. We left the Balanced Rock Trail hoping that this would not happen in our lifetimes. Although this is not an arch, we found this to be one of Arches’ most memorable formations.
From journal Arches National Park - Red Rock Fantasy