Dead Horse Point State Park

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The view from Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world.

Distance from Moab
32 miles (51.5 km)

MapDirections from Moab
Drive 9 miles (14.5 km) northwest of Moab on US 191 and then 23 miles (37 km) southwest on Utah 313. Driving time to the visitor center from Moab is roughly 45 minutes.

Park Hours
Park open year-round, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Visitor Center hours vary by season.

Entrance Fee
$10/vehicle with up to 8 passengers - (Subject to change)

PhoneVisitor Center & Hours
The visitor center is open year-round, has facilities for the disabled, an information area, exhibits, rest rooms, water, publications and souvenirs. The visitor center hours vary by season. (435) 259-2614

Description
32 miles (51.5 km) from Moab, Dead Horse Point State Park is one of Utah's most spectacular state parks. The view from Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world. Towering 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, the overlook provides a breathtaking panorama of Canyonlands' sculpted pinnacles and buttes. Millions of years of geologic activity created the spectacular views from Dead Horse Point State Park. Deposition of sediments by ancient oceans, freshwater lakes, streams and wind blown sand dunes created the rock layers of canyon country. Igneous activity formed the high mountains that rise like cool blue islands from the desert below.

The legend of Dead Horse Point states that around the turn of the century the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming the mesa top. Cowboys herded them across the narrow neck of land and onto the point. The neck was then fenced off with branches and brush. One time, for some unknown reason, horses were left corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst within view of the Colorado River 2,000 feet below.

There are miles of pet-friendly developed hiking trails in the park, including a paved trail which provides easy access to some of the most scenic views. Mountain Bikers will love the new Intrepid Trail System at Dead Horse Point. With slickrock sections, looping singletrack, sandy washes, and incredible scenery, the Intrepid Trail System provides a great taste of what Moab mountain biking is all about. This is the perfect ride for families and offers spectacular views of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park.


SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

1-2 hours
Drive the Scenic Drive and walk out to the main overlook.

1/2 - 1 day
Drive the Scenic Drive, hike some of the trails in the park, and have a picnic. Alternately, if you enjoy mountain biking, ride the Intrepid Trail System. (Bring your own mountain bike or rent one in Moab.)

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