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Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web
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. To visit Dead Horse Point State Park and other attractions in Moab, use our Moab trip itinerary maker.
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  • Beautiful area with lesser crowds than the national parks. Very nice hiking and biking trails with wonderful view of the canyon cliffs and the Colorado river. A great place to ride mountain bikes with...  read more »
  • The views from the park are better than those from Canyonlands. Do Canyonlands first and finish visit with a stop here. 
  • We visited this park especially to take nice pictures to shoot from the bend in the river. That turned out to be not possible. There is no location overlooking the full bend. The landscape and the views are nice enough, but adds nothing if you have visited the nearby Canyonlands. Want to see a beautiful bend of a river or shooting then go to the Horseshoe bend near Page.
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  • Sweeping vistas, awesome views of the Colorado. Lots of areas to enjoy quiet moments with a good book and incredible sights. The campground is great, and super clean. The visitors center is very inviting with a place that sells coffee that you can enjoy while admiring the view.
  • Absolutely incredible. Much less busy than Arches and just as beautiful. Do the east and west rim hikes for amazing views. Trails are fairly flat and easy to follow. Rangers are friendly at visitor center.
  • Excellent visitor's center and overlooks right from there. The hikes looked very appealing, but we didn't have the time. The canyon Is fantastic, and the views rival that of the grand canyon. They have a small but appropriate gift shop with knowledgeable staff.
  • A very scenic and low-traffic park. We spent the day there on the mountain bike trails which were excellent and afforded some of the best views I had while in the Moab area. Mostly because we were able to enjoy them in solitude. Can't say much about the rest of the park, but it was clean, well maintained and the staff was super friendly. If you're a mountain biker, you don't want to miss this park's trails. I can't speak for the actual trails as I'm a novice, but the views were excellent. We preferred the views at Dead Horse over those at Canyonlands.
  • MORE beautiful/dramatic than the Grand Canyon. Nice for a sunset view also. We drove here before sunset in hopes of getting a dramatic view for some photos. We didn't get a spectacular sunset that day, but the view from the point is breathtaking and totally worth your time and the entry fee. The dramatic colors of the rock formations, the river, and the distant mountains make this view better and more interesting than the Grand Canyon. Go!
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