Ghostly pedestals on the canyon’s rim
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 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 PGE.
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We’re committed to keeping our parks safe, clean, sustainable and welcoming – but we need your help.
Make a plan: Check for road closures on your route and research your destination for the possibility of fire bans, reservoir-swimming restrictions or other conditions that may affect your visit.
…and a plan B: Make a backup plan in case of crowds. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, come back another day. (Tip: try visiting on weekdays or at off-peak times to beat the crowd!)
Stop campfires from becoming wildfires! Keep campfires small, make sure your tent and anything that can burn is a safe distance from your fire, keep water nearby and never leave a fire unattended.
Keep it clear: Park only in designated areas. Do not double-park or block entrances.
Leave no trace: Help us protect these natural areas by staying on-trail, packing out your trash, and admiring wildlife from a distance.