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Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab
(4.7/5 based on 3,400+ 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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  • staff not friendly. This is a state park so if you have the park pass you can't use it (it's only for national parks). The place is not so great, if you want to visit a very great landscape of the riv...  more »
  • This was by far one of my favorite places to visit in our tour through Utah. The views are breath taking. 
  • Best views of the Colorado river, even comparable to Canyonlands. On the way to Canyonlands, about 20 minutes off the main highway. This park is a must see if you're in the area. 
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  • This place is pristine and relatively untouched. It's getting known though. The views are to die for. The mountain biking is fun. Camping area is nice and clean, with great bathrooms. The visitor center is one of the nicest I've been to. This is an impressive state-run park. Book campsites early. There's not many and they fill up especially during high season.
  • Worth the money? We stopped here late one afternoon on our way out of Canyonlands National Park on the recommendation of another traveler we met earlier in the week. There is a separate entrance fee from the National Parks because it's a state park. The claim to fame is the overlook at a bend of the Colorado river. The scenery is pretty, dramatic and you can clearly see the river as it bends through the landscape. If this is the first scene you see of the Canyonlands, you would appreciate it. After visiting the National Park, and seeing the Green River / Grand viewpoints, it seems the same. The visitor center looks like it's seen better days. The exhibits looks like it needs significant updating and repair.
  • 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.
  • When looking for things to see around Moab, this one popped up. It is on the way to Canyonlands NP (Island in the Sky entrance). Even the trip in is amazing. Inside the park, one has several opportunities to stop and look into the canyon below. Each one offers a breathtaking view. Dead Horse Point is the most spectacular. You are 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, and the canyon seems endless. There are opportunities for hiking, biking, and camping. We were there in mid-October and the traffic was modest. There were lots of folks cycling the roads, which seems like an ideal way to see it. Just be careful. This park, as well as others in the area, offer lots of good information, among other things, about the fragility of the environment. Please heed this. Overall, this is a well worth the time.
  • Breath-taking views available to both mountain bikers and hikers. The trails are well-maintained. It's size lends itself to a quality half-day trip if you're on a time budget. Lots of history here, make sure your camera/phone is charged up. Enjoy!