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Dead Horse Point State Park is in Utah, near the city of Moab. It offers a panoramic view of the Colorado River far below as it makes its way toward the Grand Canyon.

Understand[edit]

Desert wildflowers hang on the edge of an overlook of the Colorado River at Dead Horse Point State Park

History[edit]

Dead Horse point is a narrow peninsula that stretches out a little while. The legend of Dead horse point is that cowboys used to drive wild horses to the edge of the peninsula and fence them off to keep them, and one time they forgot and the horses died of thirst in full sight of the Colorado River.

Landscape[edit]

You will see majestic views and cliffs and the Colorado river snaking around. You will see a couple of blue pools that are potash fields.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Typical for the desert.

Climate[edit]

Hot in summer. Come during Spring or fall to best enjoy it.

Get in[edit]

There is a ranch along the road. Another driving note- there are cows! They will cross the road and just stay right next to it. Beware! This place uses the same entrance to Bryce Canyon.

Fees and permits[edit]

It costs around $10 to get into the park. This is an inexpensive fee for what you get to experience; the views are beyond belief!

Get around[edit]

You must know that when you park there will be a little slope with a path at the end and a little barrier and a cliff on the edge. And if you can, rent an auto with Utah plates. Law enforcement loves to give tickets to out-of-state visitors.

See[edit]

There is a visitor center where the panoramic view is accessible to the casual visitor.

Do[edit]

There is a little place on the peninsula with a great view and fun play area.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Unlike Arches, Dead Horse has flushing toilets and water fountains in the visitor center.

Sleep[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Nearby Moab has a wide range of lodging options.

Camping[edit]

The park includes a campground with 21 sites.

Backcountry[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

  • The biggest danger in Dead Horse Point State Park, as well as in other parks in the area, is the weather. High temperatures can easily exceed 100 °F (38 °C) before noon. Visitors should pack at least 1 gallon (3.5 L) of water for every person in their party because it is very easy to become dehydrated.
  • It is easy to get lost if trying to get into the canyons, so if you are hiking, pack more food and water than you think you will need. Tell someone where you are going and have a buddy.
  • Some of the cliffs in the state park exceed 2,000 ft (610 m), so do not go near the edge if there is no barrier to keep you from falling off the top of the cliff, and if there is a barrier, you still need to use extreme caution while looking into the canyons.
  • Finally, if a thunderstorm is near or over you, try to get to a shelter; if none is around, get close to the ground, and if you are in a canyon, get to higher land immediately because flash floods start easily.

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