Balancing Rock Trail #349


Balancing Rock Trail #349 begins at the Cayuse Equestrian Trailhead within the Granite Basin Recreation Area. The trail weaves up and down through shady pine forest studded with granite boulders. Wildflowers add color to the landscape throughout much of the year, and portions of the trail meander along charming seasonal creeks. Where this trail gains elevation, there are panoramic views of Granite Mountain and the surrounding wilderness. This trail connects with several others, providing many different opportunities to explore within the Recreation Area.


Granite Basin Recreation Area Brochure (120 KB)



This trail is open to hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bicyclists.  Please be considerate of other users—slow down and know when to yield the trail.  Dogs must be on leashes; please clean up after pets.  Restrooms and drinking water are available at the parking area, but not on trail.  Other amenities at the trailhead include water for horses, hitching posts, and picnic tables. 

At a Glance

  • $5 for day use (Wednesdays are free)
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Approximately 20 minutes from Prescott, AZ
Water: Water available at Trailhead. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


From its intersection with Willow Creek Road, travel northwest on Iron Springs Road for 3 miles. Turn right onto Granite Basin Road and proceed 2.4 miles to the Cayuse Equestrian Trailhead on the right. Continue 0.1 miles to the parking area. There is ample parking for horse trailers and regular vehicles. The road is paved.

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Day Hiking

  • A rolling trail that provides hikers with access to other trails within the Granite Basin Recreation Area.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding & Camping

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Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
3.2 miles

  Elevation : 
5,950 feet