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Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab

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Imposing cliffs, geological formations, and rugged mesas define Dead Horse Point State Park. In the days of westward expansion, cowboys kept wild mustangs atop the point because it served as a natural corral. Featuring an outcropping of red rock rising 610 m (2,000 ft) above the Colorado River, the park offers more than 2,100 hectares (5,300 acres) that you can explore on foot or by bike. Bike trails cover 27 km (17 mi) along and through the canyons. Several paved footpaths offer hiking options. Keep in mind that the area's elevation of nearly 1,800 m (5,900 ft) can cause you to tire more easily than at a lower altitude. Dead Horse Point State Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Moab Edition.
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  • Like Island in the Sky dead horse state park is a bit of a drive gives amazing views across the canyons etc. and you can’t omit it if you’re in the area. We visited on a cloudy day towards dusk and we...  more »
  • Upon arriving to the point there were some fantastic views. Started out on the trail along the rim and had difficulties finding the trail. I'm new to hiking and although I knew about cairns and still ...  more »
  • One of the best overlooks for viewing the green River canyon - a favorite spot for photographers as morning light is the best with puffy clouds to enhance the sky. A vista not to miss.  more »
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  • We drove here from Moab through some amazing scenery! The rock colours and formations are fantastic - layered with brilliant reds, oranges and creams with deep purple shadows. The drive over the plateau is dotted with cattle grids and slowed by the occasional encounter with freely ranging cattle. The views over the edge into the canyon are breathtaking. It was our first view into the Grand Canyon and it was very impressive indeed. We were blessed with a beautiful clear winter day and could see for miles. The canyon formations are deep and long with layered colours throughout and the river is visible at the base. Well worth a visit!
  • Amazing views. Short scenic hikes. Great for sunrise and sunset. The campground is very nice. There are shelters and flat areas for tents. I am going to try out their yurts next time. I have also heard good things about the mountain bike trails. Get an annual pass and come back multiple times!!!
  • Absolutely gorgeous. Great trails and stunning views. Definitely want to come back and spend more time here hiking and biking around or staying in the yurts that are in the park as their location is perfect. Easy drive from Moab town and there are a ton of great view points for someone who doesn't want to hike or has trouble walking. Visited in March 2018 and it was $10 per car.
  • Cant say anything bad about the visit, with the exception of the previous night's occupants of our site, who decided not to vacate. Camp hosts did everything they could to resolve the issue, and worked with the site rangers as needed. Sites are well maintained and clean. Restrooms clean as well, but they do attract a bit of the local wildlife; one restroom had a good sized spider, another had a small scorpion in the sink. Nighttime star views were otherworldly, and any doubts i had about this being a dark-sky-certified location were absolutely blown away. Hope to return in the notbtoo distant future, perhaps better prepared for the temps, and/or not mid summer.
  • This place is one of a kind, did some mtn. biking and hiking while visiting and it was incredible, you can ride right along the edge of the plateau that overlooks the Colorado river and the views really are pretty unique and hard to beat. Will definitely take my kids here when they get a tad bit older.
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