Balanced Rock

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Balanced Rock

Idaho

(208) 736-2350

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Overview

South of Buhl in the Salmon Falls Creek Canyon stands world-famous Balanced Rock. Over 48 feet tall and 40 tons, the wind-carved rock balances precariously on a pedestal only 3 feet by 17 inches. Nearby Balanced Rock Park is a good spot for a picnic.

The lands under management of the BLM lie over widely scattered areas of the state, in three distinct ecosystems. In the north, 1.5 million acres cover swaths of the Upper Columbia - Salmon-Clearwater river system, from Lake Coeur d`Alene to the Continental Divide, high in the Bitterroot Range. Throughout these lands, you can scout out evidence of historical logging and mining, and you may even stumble across one of the 17,500 active mining claims. Big game travel from forest to valley; fish swim through sparkling waters; marshes are noisy with waterfowl.

To the southeast, 6 million acres of BLM lands on the Snake River Plain stretch out over rolling sagebrush plains. Recent volcanic activity is in abundant evidence in the Great Rift area, creating an desert-like environment rich in life, including some unusual bats which inhabit the lava caves. Waterways which snake through these lands are popular among paddlers, anglers, and bird watchers.

In the southwest, 5 million acres of almost uninterrupted BLM lands rise far above the Snake River and its tributaries. The plateaus and mountains are desolate at first glance, but upon closer inspection prove to be rich in tough plants and small mammals-- rich, too in those that prey on small mammals, notably the raptors for which this area is famous. If the groovy Birds of Prey trip down the Snake River is too placid for your taste, you can test the limit of your skills in the deep canyons of the Bruneau-Jarbidge, or in the Owyhee, both under consideration for wilderness status. If that`s still not adventurous enough, gas up and head deep into the hills to explore the ghost towns of the 19th century mining boom.

Map of Balanced Rock

Latitude, Longitude: 42.574494, -115.089631

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Activities

  • Picnicking

    Balanced Rock Park is a good spot for a picnic.

Directions

Driving

This is a spur trip off the Thousand Springs Tour. Follow the signs from Buhl to Castleford, then drive six miles northwest through farmland to Balanced Rock.

Phone Numbers

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(208) 736-2350

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