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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 very important to us. To ensure their safety during the coronavirus crisis, on March 23, 2020 we temporarily closed the 14 parks and recreation areas we operate. We are taking a phased approach to reopening them, in cooperation with managers of other nearby recreation sites.

Announced re-opening dates

Open as of May 22:

  • Promontory Park
  • North Fork Boat Launch
  • Pelton Park
  • Pelton Wildlife Overlook
  • Trojan Park

Opening May 29:

  • Timothy Lake
  • Lake Harriet
  • Clackamas River access sites
  • Balancing Rocks
  • Monty Campground
  • Perry South Campground

Opening June 1:

  • Round Butte Overlook
  • Timber Park

Closed Indefinitely for reasons unrelated to COVID-19:

  • Faraday Lake (for construction)
  • Trout Creek Ranch (for golden eagle nesting)

We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities and our recreation partners as we open our park and recreation facilities.

Visitors to parks are asked to practice physical distancing from those outside their immediate party.

To help protect visitors’ health and safety, we are keeping campground showers and large-group communal areas closed, increasing the frequency of facilities cleaning and disinfecting, posting signage to promoting physical distancing, and scheduling additional staff. The company is also working with concessionaires at PGE Parks to help them follow CDC safety guidelines.

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.


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.