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"Dead Horse Point" Canyonlands National Park Things to Do Tip by Ischyros

Canyonlands National Park Things to Do: 153 reviews and 320 photos

  Dead Horse Point State Park
by Ischyros

The Dead Horse Point Overlook is another often photographed spot! This area is often considered part of Canyonlands but is actually part of Dead Horse Point State Park. The legend behind Dead Horse Point is almost as interesting as the view of the Colorado River! Dead Horse Point is a mesa connected to the mainland by a very narrow area of land. Legend has it that cowboys used to round up wild stallions and corral them on the mesa top, using the cliff walls as natural fencing. They would then pick out the steeds they though were the strongest and leave the rest to die, thus the name Dead Horse Point. Stand at the overlook of the Colorado River and imagine being a horse in those days dying of thurst and being able to see water down below but with no way to get to it....

Directions: Take highway 313 from US 191 to the junction. Take the signed road toward Dead Horse Point State Park. The overlook is located at the end of the park road.

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  • Updated Dec 30, 2002
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