Balanced Rock, Big Bend

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In the famous Arches National Park is a towering formation which features a very humanoid figure measuring 128 feet tall. The "head" of the rock seems to be precariously placed on a narrow "neck" which then widens down to a torso-shaped platform. What's unique is that the round boulder is made of sandstone while the pedestal is mudstone. These two layers have helped to give Balanced Rock its surprisingly regular formation. Balanced Rock is one of the most popular attractions here so expect to see other visitors. Arches National Park is open 24/7.

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On the trail
Desert dweller
Balanced Rock!
View from the top
Beautiful cactus after the rain
We made it!