"Dead Horse Point State Park" Utah Things to Do Tip by windsorgirl

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  Dead Horse Point State Park
by windsorgirl

Dead Horse Point is a narrow peninsula of land high above the canyons of the Colorado River. Cowboys used to capture wild mustangs by driving the horses onto this peninsula and closing a brush fence behind them. The cowboys would then rope the wild horses that they wanted to keep and left the others behind to find their way off the point. Apparantly, one time, eventhough the gate was opened for the unwanted horses to escape, for some reason, they didn't and the horses died of thirst within sight of the Colorado River below. Hence the name, Dead Horse Point.

There is a spectacular viewpoint at the rim Dead Horse Point where you can see the winding Colorado River 2000 feet below. There is also a campground here and 10 miles of hiking trails. Admission to the park is $7 and not covered by your National Parks Pass.

Directions: Dead Horse Point State Park is located 32 miles west of Moab. Follow hwy 191 north to hwy 313 west.
Website: http://www.utah.com/stateparks/dead_horse.htm

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  • Written Dec 3, 2004
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