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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. To visit Dead Horse Point State Park and other attractions in Moab, use our Moab trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    My wife and I had only a short period of time to spend in the Park, so we visited our favorite location that being the arch that had been my screen saver at work and at home for years. Not sure of the...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The park is about an half hour from Moab. Not very busy. Views are awesome. Price is only 15 USD per car. Worth the trip!!  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We only had a limited time but it was still worth the detour. Compares favourably with the Grand Canyon, although admittedly it was a long time ago when we went there.  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    We stopped on the way to Canyonsland and it was absolutely worth it! We have been to many other parks but this one stays in my memory without fading over time. The views are amazing. As the big flat rocks that you can easily climb on and sit/lie down to enjoy the views.
  • June 14, 2017
    So. Beautiful!! $15 entry fee and no pups allowed. Must see if you are in the area. Better pictures in the morning or mid-day because you won't have a shadow. They have a coffee shop at the first overlook if you are in need :)
  • June 12, 2017
    This park is beautiful. I mountain biked a loop around the rim to some different overlooks and it was awesome! It was an easy ride and would be an easy hike with great scenery.
  • May 8, 2017
    Beautiful! Don't miss it. We went to 5 amazing National Parks but I'm glad that we also stopped at a few of Utah's outstanding State Parks. The view is worth the price of admission. Nice store and plenty of parking. Don't drive past it on your way to Canyonlands National Park! This park is on the way so add it to your plans.
  • June 23, 2017
    The view from Dead Horse Point State Park was absolutely amazing! It's probably one of the most unbelievable places I've ever been. I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to take my family back again.

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For affordable accommodations away from tourist crowds, stay outside Moab's busy downtown. Many inns in this area offer free shuttle services to the central part of town, allowing you quick and easy access to Moab's finest shops and restaurants. If you do not plan to spend much time in your room, consider staying at a budget-friendly motel or hostel. For the ultimate in outdoorsy options, campgrounds inside the area's national parks make up what they lack in modern amenities with their panoramic views of the red desert.
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