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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. In late March, we temporarily closed our recreation sites to support local, state and federal public health orders. We took a phased approach to reopening, beginning in late May, and now all PGE parks are open except for Faraday Lake, which is closed until the spring of 2021 for construction.

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 operate 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.

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.