Outbound Collective logo

Visit Balanced Rock

Buhl, Idaho

3.8/5
based on 6 reviews

Description

Added by Amanda Solomon

Standing 48 feet tall and weighing 40 tons, the locally-famous Balanced Rock sits on a pedestal just 3 feet wide in the Salmon Falls Creek Canyon.

Balanced Rock is famous throughout the Magic Valley, and getting there is easy. A picnic table and turnoff on Castleford/Glenns Ferry Road allows you to park below the rock. From there it's a short scramble up the hill to get to the base -- that's the only way to get a feel for the boulder's enormity.

Just a half-mile east down the road is Balanced Rock Park, with a few well-maintained campgrounds and a trout-stocked creek.

Read More

Download the Outbound mobile app

Find adventures and camping on the go, share photos, use GPX tracks, and download maps for offline use.

Get the app

Features

Rock Climbing
Camping
Photography
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

Reviews

Not a hike really, but really fun climbing and exploring the rocks! It was really windy!

It was VERY windy when we decided to hike up the rock, but going up is kinda part of the experience. Had we decided to stay down and just photograph and gawk, we would have been robbed of another stunning perspective from the top. Careful, though, loose shake makes for a treacherous walk up, although short. Don't bring old dogs.

This is a fun, quick stop with a short hike and opportunities to explore around Balanced Rock. I was disappointed with the amount of graffiti in the area, but the rock itself was spectacular and a good subject for photography. This isn’t a day destination, more just a quick stop and look.

It’s a bit out of the way to anywhere in particular. We were heading up to Boise from Utah and decided to take a little detour to check it out. The rock itself is just off of the road (appropriately named “Balanced Rock Road”) and can be seen easily from there. There’s a pull off area and it’s a short little hike (hike may be an overstatement) up to the rock itself. Only up close do you really get a feel for the size of the boulder, it really is massive and very impressive. After the climb, to get right up to the base you need to scramble up some rock. We went in January so there was some snow and a bit of a drizzle which made the rock pretty slick. I would recommend some good shoes and a lot of caution to climb up right to the base. That may not be the best for kids in my opinion.

If you're looking for a fun little day trip, this is perfect! There's a nice gravel pull off right below the rock. It's a short incline, clean trail right to the rock. Makes for a fun picture!

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Nearby

Photograph Balanced Rock at Night

Take a Dip at Miracle Hot Springs

Hike and Swim at Box Canyon Springs

Photograph the Perrine Bridge and Perrine Coulee Falls

SUP the Snake River to Pillar Falls

Hike the Snake River Canyon to Pillar Falls

Visit Idaho

Idaho is a picturesque state filled with beautiful scenery and warm, wonderful people. It's an ideal destination for family travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, or those just looking for a relaxing getaway.

Learn More