Balanced Rock

At Malapai Hill

33°56’16.68″N 116° 4’54.99″W



Trek Date: 2013 Nov 11. Adventurers, Elliot Koeppel & Murbachi

Back to Geology Tour Road

Squaw Tank

(2D images first. 3D Galleries further down the page will require redcyan glasses to see the full 3D effect. Click Photos to Enlarge.)

 2D Balanced Rock Selections


2D ♦ 3D Anaglyph ♦ 3D Half Side-by-Side

View from Squaw Tank parking area


  • Use glasses to view 3D Anaglyphs
  • Click to Enlarge Photos

3D Anaglyph Gallery

Nature’s Symmetry in 3D

(Three favorites. Elliot Koeppel photographs the big rock. Click to Enlarge. Half Side-by-Sides can be found at bottom of page.)


Chewbacca’s Toy


Additional 3D Anaglyphs


Waiting for a 7-Point Earthquake

“I prayed, but my prayers went unanswered” — Murbachi

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3D Half Side-by-Side Gallery

Download as many of the 3D Anaglyph or 3D Half Side-by-Side photographs as you like. The 3D H-SBS images should only be saved if you have access to a 3D TV.


Thank you!

I sincerely hope that you enjoyed viewing the Balanced Rock of Malapai Hill as much as I did photographing it. It was a beautiful clear day at Joshua Tree National Park. And I am certain that if this boulder could express itself, it would also thank you profusely. Consider: This granite pebble has stood just as you see it on its windswept pedestal through rain, howling wind, blinding baking heat, sonic booms, coyotes piddling on it, and the occasional idiot trying to push it over, for tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, hoping for just this chance to show off its virtues in 3D.

John Murbach

Temple City, California

Posted 2014 Nov 08

Updated 2017 Nov 10


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