Big Balanced Rock Trail

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Overview

Trail Features

Dogs
Not Allowed
Fees
None
Kids
Allowed
Route
Point-to-Point
Users
Hikers Only
Length
1 mile
Parking
Yes
Surface
Mixed
Bathrooms
None
Elevation
7,041' with a 92' gain
Difficulty
Intermediate
Trail hours
8:30am - 4:30pm
Parking hours
8:30am - 4:30pm
Water fountains
None
Vending machines
None

Big Balanced Rock Trail, a 1-mile point to point trail, is part of the 8.3-mile round trip Big Loop Trail in the Chiricahua National Monument. The Big Balanced Rock Trail leads up to the spectacular formation of a gigantic rock balancing on a smaller one, all created by a volcanic eruption more than 12 million years ago. Along the way you will also encounter other phenomenal rock formations such as tall, majestic spires, volcanic pinnacles, and the famous stone columns called hoodoos.

The elevation of the Big Balanced Rock Trail is 7,041 with a gain of 92 feet. The Park is open year-round, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, for hikers and visitors. The trail offers free parking and is kid friendly, but leave the fur babies at home. Bring plenty of water with you and some snacks and keep in mind that the Big Balanced Rock Trail, although only a mile long, is accessed from the Echo Canyon Parking area which is a 4-mile hike to Big Balanced Rock Trail and from there a 1-mile hike to the Balanced Rock formation.

Birds and wildlife are abundant in the Chiricahua National Monument regardless of which trail you’re on. Some of the more common birds are northern flickers, Mexican Jays, Acorn Woodpeckers and, although you might not see them, you will undoubtedly hear the singing of a canyon wren. Indigenous trees such as Arizona cypress, sycamore, oaks, and pines will greet you along the way. Be prepared for some wildlife to say hello as there are lots of social coatimundi, javelinas, white tailed deer, gray foxes, and yes, the occasional black bear.

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