Balancing Rocks Overlook

Ghostly pedestals on the canyon’s rim

PGE Parks and COVID-19

The safety of park visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is critical to us. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and our recreation partners as we operate our park and recreation facilities.

Masks, face shields or other face coverings are currently required statewide in Oregon for indoor public spaces—this includes park stores, visitor centers and multi-stall restrooms. Effective July 15, face coverings are also required in Oregon’s outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.

To help protect visitors’ health and safety, we are operating showers on a limited basis and reservable large-group areas with restrictions. We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting facilities, posted signage to promoting safety measures and requirements, and cancelled all events and in-person educational programs.

The company is working with concessionaires at PGE Parks to help them follow CDC and OHA safety guidelines.

As always, visitors to PGE parks should also check current information on algae blooms and fire restrictions before visiting.


Beyond Cove Palisades State Park and over miles of winding back roads, more than 30 pillars stand guard over the Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook. If you’re in the area, this short, barrier-free hike to see Oregon’s “hoodoos”—towering rock formations that are more than 20,000 years old—is well worth the time.

Balancing Rocks is located in the Deschutes National Forest. PGE manages this site in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

Balancing Rocks Overlook details

Balancing Rocks is open year-round for day use only. Please check weather and road conditions.

Be sure to also take a look at our Parks & Recreation Rules.

Directions

From Cove Palisades State Park, head east on SW Jordan Rd to Grandview. Turn left on SW Graham Rd. This will become Montgomery Rd/County Rd 64; look for a small trailhead on the right.

Contact us

For more information, use our contact form or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.