The road through Dead Horse Point State Park, near Moab, Utah, ends at a parking lot with an overlook to the Colorado River some 2,000 feet below. The view may look familiar to you as it’s one of the most photographed vistas in the world. It’s literally the end of the road for human visitors. Legend says that the point was also used as a natural corral for wild horses. On one occasion, the cowboys picked the best ones then forgot to release the remaining horses. The horses died of thirst in their waterless natural corral—a gruesome story for a spectacularly scenic spot in the American Southwest.
Dead Horse Point State Park is located 32 miles from Moab near the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands, making it convenient to combine a visit to both places in the same day. In addition to the scenic road, you’ll find seven miles of relatively flat hiking trails. Are you a cyclist? The Intrepid Trail System offers 16.6 miles of singletrack trails traveling over a mixed terrain of forest and slickrock.
The environment of the high desert can be brutal. Drink plenty of water and wear your sunscreen!
Alan and I visited on the last day of a photography workshop in Canyonlands and Arches National Park. Our group of photographers drove the scenic road in Dead Horse Point State Park, stopping to photograph at all the overviews before enjoying a goodbye picnic lunch at the end of the road. The Colorado River swirled 2,000 feet below us as we relived fun-filled—and exhausting—days photographing the majestic scenery around Moab, Utah.
But Alan was enthralled by the twisty dirt road edging along ledges that hugged the banks of the muddy Colorado River below us. I predict a future visit where a four-wheel-drive adventure will be part of the fun. I’m okay with that as long as we don’t have to camp. After all, this boomer gal is a travel princess.
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