By the time I reached Balanced Rock, the rain was pouring. I took some of these pictures from inside the car. For others, I draped a jacket over my head and the camera.
If everyone stops at Park Avenue first, they stop at Balanced Rock second. It’s popular, partially because it’s located just a few hundred feet from the main road. Also, the loop trail is easy, level, and paved.
After Balanced Rock, the next right turn takes you on a side trip to the Windows section of the park. Make your first stop the Garden of Eden, where you’ll find a great view of the odd-shaped rocks and windows, all lined up in an out-of-this-world display.
The side road ends at a large parking area, that allows access to the North and South Window, Turret Arch, Double Arch, and the Cove of Caves. Each attraction requires at least a short walk over an unpaved path.
As you can probably tell in the above photo, it was raining relentlessly as I took shelter under one of the arches. There wasn’t much I could do in the rain–rock climbing was treacherous, and taking pictures would have ruined my camera. So, I gave up, and drove back to Moab for lunch.
Note: This trip was first published in 2005.