"Dead Horse Point State Park" Top 5 Page for this destination Canyonlands National Park Off The Beaten Path Tip by goodfish


Situated 2000 feet above the Colorado River, the legend goes that cowboys once rounded up wild mustangs and herded them onto what is now called Dead Horse Point Overlook. After choosing the horses they wanted to keep, they somehow forgot about the rest and, trapped on that waterless point far above the river, the poor things died of thirst.

Sad as the story is, the panorama from this overlook is stunning. From here you can see a hairpin turn of the Colorado River (in my pix above), a little of the Green River off to the southwest, and across miles and miles of Canyonlands N.P.

I don't know if this is really an "off the beaten" as it was pretty lively but it's on the way to Canyonlands NP Island in the Sky district: take 191N. for 10 miles out of Moab, then southwest on 313 for 14 miles to the turnoff. Turn left and continue another 7 miles to the Visitor Center. Fee is $10 per vehicle, $5 for seniors, and the park has a campground ($28 per site) with electrical hookups, tent pads, covered shelter, charcoal grates and bathrooms. No showers. There are a handful of easy hiking/walking trails, and 17 miles of hiking/biking trails.

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...and park website for Visitor Center/concession hours and more information.


Phone: Rsrv. campsites - 1-800-322-3770
Website: http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/dead-horse

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  • Updated Aug 10, 2015
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Comments (1)

  • songlines's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Yes really stunning views and interesting rock formations.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Sep 28, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      New (better) photos from a couple of weeks ago are just waiting to be posted. :O)


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