The Balanced Rock

The Balanced Rock, Big Bend National Park: Address, Phone Number, The Balanced Rock Reviews: 4.5/5

The Balanced Rock
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Ramil
Houston, TX250 contributions
Nice hike.
Jul 2020
Easy and quick hike through small canyon towards the Balanced Rock with great views at the end. Recommended.
Written 4 June 2021
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BestTravelsNow
Hereford, TX399 contributions
Our #1 Favorite Hike
Apr 2021
Springtime visit resulted in amazing blooms and colors on the drive to the trail head. The trail itself is easy to slight challenge towards the end. Amazing colors all along the trail. Lots of lizards. Very much enjoyed the trail
Written 1 May 2021
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DutchTX
The Woodlands, TX601 contributions
Good view, rewarding short hike
Mar 2021
Nice drive over a dirt road to get there; short hike, beginning mostly flat terrain to walk, then short / steep climbing, but view is nice. ; kids will love it.
Written 23 April 2021
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dcyonce
Frisco, TX542 contributions
Great hike ... but
Apr 2021 • Couples
This is definitely one of the best short hikes in the park. But, it’s down a very long (6 miles) rough and rocky road that EATS tires. Three different vehicles had flat tires while we were there ... including us !! We were driving a brand new Chevy Suburban with off-road tires. We got a flat on the way back out. On the way in, we pass a couple with a flat tire. And one other group had a flat on their truck while we were there.

Our advice ... drive VERY slowly and remove 5 pounds of pressure from your tires before attempting this 6 mile road.

The road doesn’t look bad. It just looks like any other dirt road. But, don’t be fooled !!

This road EATS tires !!!
Written 14 April 2021
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Jamie M
Charlotte, NC27 contributions
Very cool sight to see
Apr 2021
This is not a difficult hike, but the drive to it is very long on a dirt road. We did it on a spring afternoon, and it was very hot! There is no shade along the way. That being said, wear a hat and sunscreen, and seeing the balanced rock is worth all of the trouble!
Written 13 April 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL12,658 contributions
Best Desert Hike in the Park
Mar 2021
This is a signature hike and feature at Big Bend. To truly experience Big Bend, you need to do a river hike, a mountain hike and a desert hike and this is one of the better desert hikes. At just over 2 miles there and back, it is short enough not to cook you in the heat. However, be sure to bring water.

For the most part you hike a low trail on a canyon floor. Here you will find a significant diversity of desert plants and cactus scattered through the rocks. As you approach the end and balanced rock, you will need to elevate and it is a little intense with some scrambling but everyone in our group of 50 and 60 year olds made it. Once there, balanced rock is impressive, bigger in person. It is a great place for pictures as well as the climb up. When then climbed down and everyone had a good hike. While we were an older group, we saw lots of families with kids of all ages enjoying this hike.

The biggest challenge is as many have discussed, the 6 mile one way gravel road. The first 1/3 is good and can support speeds of 20-25 mph. However, the last 2/3 become bumpier, forcing you to reduce your speed. We made it in 20-25 minutes one way.
Written 4 April 2021
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Robert M
Aubrey, TX309 contributions
A 3 hour tour
Jan 2021
The gravel road isn’t a problem if you go slow. We took it at 10mph and had zero concerns. Many others took the route twice as fast as us. We were in a truck but we saw mini vans and passenger cars making the trip.

The parking area is tight. Maybe 10 spots at the trail head but parking is available on the road side around the main parking area. It’s a nice place for a picnic before or after the hike.

Very easy hike out with only the last part requiring a scramble up the side of the rocks to get to the top. Well worth the trip. Early morning works best for pictures.

Ah hour on the road in, an hour hiking out and back and an hour on the road out.
Written 16 January 2021
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Warlocke
Irving, TX687 contributions
Choose your sun
Dec 2020
The dirt road was kinda rough, we were on a small SUV (not 4x4) but we managed to get there, just drive slow and have lots of patience. Afterwards, the hike itself was not that bad, and there ware indeed some tight spots at the end but there were trail markers to indicate which way to go. If you miss them, you may end up taking a steeper way and here in the dessert nobody's going to direct you so just be mindful. Otherwise, i enjoyed the hike looking at the big rocks on both sides. Unfortunately, I can't imagine doing this on summer as we went December and the sun was still strong. Anyway, we went during lunch and as you can see, our pictures were against the sun so I do recommend going in the morning to get the right direction. We had to go to the other side to take pictures that had the right lighting..
Written 30 December 2020
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melissa w
Cincinnati, OH1,024 contributions
Actually called Grapevine Hills
Mar 2020
The road to get to Grapevine isn't bad. Sedans can make it, you'll just need to drive very slow. This was my second favorite trail in the whole park (next to South Rim). We camped out at a Grapevine site so we were the first ones on the trail in the morning. It was worth it being the first and only ones there. At times in the afternoon when we passed the "parking area" on the way to our campsite the parking lot would be full it was so packed. I'd imagine its a zoo in the afternoon. It's a very easy hike (out and back) until you get to the rock at the end. To actually reach the balanced rock at the end requires some significant scrambling that some may not be able to complete. We saw deer at the very end by the balanced rock.
Written 25 March 2020
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LUchicago
Chicago440 contributions
Great Photo Op
Feb 2020
The most difficult part of this trail is the 6.4 mile drive down the Grapevine Hills gravel road. The first part of the road looked very well improved, however, since we were just driving a sedan, we had to carefully navigate our path the farther we drove. The park newspaper, The Paisano, rates this 2.2 mile RT hike with an elevation of 240 feet as easy, and it does include a statement about a, "short steep climb near the end." This is a very appropriate description, and we were glad we had brought our hiking sticks. It was truly thrilling to touch and climb up to the famous rock and pose for our own photo!
Written 23 February 2020
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