Is Balanced Rock (Big Bend National Park) worth the hike?

Our RV trip to Big Bend

This post is partially narrated by Leighton and Shayla as part of their homeschool, writing practice, typing practice, and spelling practice.  

As the title suggests… We asked ourselves the same question when we first were looking for an easy late day hike in Big Bend National Park.  Is Balanced Rock worth the trip?  For us, the answer was definitely yes.  We arrived just outside of the park and stayed at BJ’s RV Park in Terlingua Texas

RV Trip to Balanced Rock

RV Trip to Balanced Rock

RV Trip to Balanced Rock

As with any empty picturesque roadway, we obligatorily stopped on the side of the road to capture some photos of our rig among the wide open spaces. 

RV Trip to Balanced Rock

RV Trip to Balanced Rock

RV Trip to Balanced Rock20 photo panorama somewhere along Texas 385

RV Trip to Balanced Rock

RV Trip to Balanced Rock

After a quick lunch at BJ’s RV Park we set out.   The unpaved road to the trailhead was nauseatingly bumpy but the RAM handled it well.  Perhaps a few body panels were loosened up but that is quite ok. 


RV Trip to Balanced Rock

Leighton Says: On the way there we had to drive down a 7 mile bumpy dirt road.  

RV Trip to Balanced Rock

Leighton Says: The whole hike was 2 miles.   (roundtrip)

Leighton Says: From far away, it looked like a very rocky mountain.

Shayla Says: There were little rocks stacked on top the cracks looked like a drawing.

RV Trip to Balanced Rock

Leighton Says: When we got there, we saw many different kinds of rocks.

Mule Deer Big Bend National Park

Leighton Says: We passed a few deer hanging out on the side of the trail.  

RV Trip to Balanced Rock RV Trip to Balanced Rock

Leighton Says: Some rocks were cracked, some rocks were weathered and had lots of lines.  

Shayla Says: The rocks were  sooooo cool I didn’t want to take my eyes off them.

Shayla Says: The mountains looked like sticks beaucuse how tall they were.

Leighton Says: The rock in balanced rock, fell from a tall mountain as a boulder and landed right there and stayed.

Shayla Says: It was a little scary but so much fun!


Shayla Says: Leighton and Daddy were on one foot on a  high rock.

Shayla Says: It was a little scary but so much fun!

Leighton Says: At the end of the hike there was a pretty pink and blue sunset!

Shayla Says: The sunset was beautiful it was shoking pink and shoking orange



  • Reply Nancy Gaspar January 23, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Beautiful pictures and awesome comments by the girls. Nice to hear what the girls thought of everything from the ride to the rocks to the sunset.

  • Reply Patty Jacobson January 23, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    I enjoyed reading the descriptions of the rocks!!So…was it worth the hike?? I think the answer is yes!!
    Now – how about all the cacti that you saw? Did you research the different kinds?

  • Reply Becky January 23, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks so much girls for your views and descriptions. It is so nice to hear from the whole family during these adventures.

  • Reply Tricia Kiszka January 24, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Beautiful pictures and great job narrating girls!! Thank you for sharing your experience about learning this gorgeous landmark.

  • Reply Nicole January 24, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Grace and I enjoyed reading this very much! Great job, girls! We were wondering if you used a timer and a tripod to get that awesome family photo? Thanks for sharing your adventure with us! We will continue to follow:)

  • Reply Cate Bell January 24, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Great narrative Chickie’s! The pics are amazing and you look like you had an awesome time..keep up the good work💜

  • Reply celebrantmaryc January 24, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Hi all! I loved this post. I felt like I was there hiking along with you! Thank you Leighton for describing how the rock got there. Don’t you wonder when it happened and what made it fall from the mountain? It’s really interesting to see it balanced like that. Shayla, my favorite comment of yours was that “it was a little scary but so much fun.” That’s very exciting and I hope you all feel very accomplished, you deserve to! You all are great adventurers!

  • Reply Bern January 25, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Wow, Girls! Great job narrating the photos! I really love descriptive language and noticed when Leighton said, “: some rocks were weathered”. That really captured the distressed appearance of the rocks! I also loved Shayla’s comment stating, “I didn’t want to take my eyes off them!” I adore that enthusiasm in her writing!! Next time girls, a fun way to jazz up your descriptions is to use similes. A simile is when you compare 2 objects and use the phrase “like” or “as”. While I looked at one image of the rocky mountainside terrain, this simile came to mind: The rocky mountain had so many pointed boulders it looked like troll teeth poking out of the ground!
    You girls did a great job! Keep it up and I hope my pointer helps! Love to you all!

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