Moab, UT. Dead Horse Point State Park

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Canyonlands National Park Dead Horse Point

The last time I was in Moab in 2005, I missed visiting the State Park located just outside Canyonlands. This park, Dead Horse Point, was quite a surprise to me when I visited it today. The views from here are fantastic and show a totally different view of Canyonlands than what you see from the view points at Island in the Sky. Dead Horse located at a turn off just before you enter Canyonlands on Route 313. As a result, you look down on the beginning of Canyonlands as it develops from Moab. You can see the Colorado River as it travels through way down below. The tight curve of the river at Goose Neck is great and I saw one of the tour company jet boats travel through. From the Point you can also see the solar evaporation ponds from the Potash plant way down below which are dyed blue assisting and speeding up the evaporation process. The White Rim Road is visible all the way from the potash ponds to the beginning of Shafer Trail climb which leads up to the top of the mesa.

Canyonlands National Park Dead Horse Point

    The State has a nice visitor’s center as you enter the park showing many interesting things about that end of Canyonlands. Just beyond the center, they have constructed an overlook with a covered pavilion which provides much needed shade during the hot days of summer. Trails lead both right and left from the overlook which gives you different views down into Canyonlands. I hiked them all and took many pictures none of which can give you the real feel of the beauty of this place. I am so glad I took the time to see this Park.

     Why is it called Dead Horse Point? According to one legend, the point was once used as a corral for wild mustang horses which roamed the mesa. Cowboys rounded up the horses and herded them across the narrow neck of land and on to the point. The neck is only 30 yards wide and they fenced it off with branches and brush, creating a natural corral surrounded by precipitous cliffs.

Canyonlands National Park Dead Horse Point
The Cowboys then selected the horses they wanted and left the others corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst within view of the Colorado River 2000 feet below. 

 

Summary:

Elk RV parking: 55; Escapee RV Parks: 26; Public RV Parks: 53; National Parks: 66; Ships: 17; Forts: 30.

 

Expenses: 51 months on the road with an average of $1969/month

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