Balanced Rock View Overlook in the heart of four-mile-long Fruita Canyon on the west side of Colorado National Monument offers a glimpse at an improbable geologic oddity. We love precariously balanced rocks because they seem to defy gravity and make us ask the question: When will it fall? Balanced Rock is a 700-ton boulder perched atop a flat bedding seam on the edge of a Wingate sandstone cliff. The Balanced Rock won’t topple for a long time since its base is large and possibly connected still to the pedestal it sits on. The viewpoint, easily reached by driving a couple miles up Rim Rock Drive from the monument’s west entrance, sits on the southeast side of the road on a wide bend. The overlook, alongside the road, has several interpretative panels that explain how Balanced Rock possibly formed.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green