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32 miles from Moab, Dead Horse Point is a promontory between "Canyonland" and "The Arches" towering 2,000 feet directly above the Colorado River.

A legend tells that around the turn of the century the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming the mesa top. Cowboys rounded up these horses, herded them across the narrow neck of land and onto the point. The neck, which is only 30-yards-wide, was then fenced off with branches and brush. This created a natural corral surrounded by precipitous cliffs straight down on all sides, affording no escape. Cowboys then chose the horses they wanted and let the culls or broomtails go free. One time, for some unknown reason, horses were left corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst within view of the Colorado River, 2,000 feet below.

Location: Ten miles northwest of Moab on US 191 and then 23 miles southwest on Utah 313.

Rates visits
$10 Day-Use (per vehicle with up to 8 passengers)
$5 Day-Use for Utah seniors 62+

Park Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Visitor Center Hours:
Summer (Mar 15 to Mid-Oct) - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Winter (Mid-Oct to Mar 14) - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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  • Pros:Probably the most beautiful view of Utah.
  • Last visit to Dead Horse Point State Park: Aug 2011
  • Intro Updated Oct 13, 2012
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