Balanced Rock, like many things in the desert, defies logic. And that’s part of the allure.
It’s mind boggling really. How can this mammoth top-heavy rock just stand there, balanced on a slope without toppling over?
If you stop and think about how this big chunk of granite got this way, it just bewilders the brain. I’m sure the geologists among you can explain it. I’m clueless and just enjoy looking at it and letting my mind wander.
The hike to Balanced Rock is relatively short and easy from Granite Mountain Trailhead in North Scottsdale – about 4 miles round-trip. I strongly encourage it for anyone who loves getting out in nature and seeing cool stuff.
Once you get to the trailhead parking lot, the map shown below will guide you to Balanced Rock. You can also grab a paper map to follow, if you wish.
Want to see it in person? Tap the map: