Balanced Rock, poised above the park road at the Garden of the Gods, defies the laws of physics as it balances on a sloped ledge of sandstone. The famed boulder, appearing in publications around the world as one of the best examples of a balancing rock, is the most famous rock formation at the Garden of the Gods, the number one city park in the United States. Sure there are lots of other balanced rocks in Colorado, like Miracle Rock and Balanced Rock by Grand Junction or the Balanced Rocks at both Rocky Mountain National Park and the Rampart Range, but the Garden’s Balanced Rock is the best of the boulders.
How long will Balanced Rock sit before it topples? Nobody knows, but one day it will fall onto the road below. Maybe wind and water will eat away at its base or perhaps an earthquake will shake it loose. Until Balanced Rock slides off its precarious perch, you need to go see it along with hundreds of thousands of annual visitors who stop for Colorado Springs’ favorite photo op. Some crawl under the boulder’s overhang or pose like they’re pushing it over, while others appear to hold up the rock like Superman or Atlas.