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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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  • Small park that allows to to walk with many dizzying views of the Canyons of the Park of canyon land more difficult of access. Get your cameras out and spend a day in this wonderful place not very far from ARCHES national park.
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  • The view of the river here is gorgeous! Be sure to hike the East Rim Trail from the visitor center and take it all in.  more »
  • Nice views but I am not sure it's worth going so far off the main road given there are so many other incrediblel thingsto see in the area.  more »
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  • 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!!!
  • Awesome place to bring pets and still have a scenic trip in Moab. The hike is fairly easy with really no incline or decline. Be sure to bring water... still the desert. The East rim has a great view of the mountains while the West rim has a fantastic view of the Colorado river. Would recommend doing both sides to get the full experience. You are able to drive as well.
  • This is some of the best intermediate mountain bike terrain with incredible scenery. If your coming for just the overlook, it's worth it. The pictures don't capture how open it is. Amazing
  • Had a great time at Dead Horse State Park. The trails were well marked and maintained. We loved it because either was dog friendly and we didn't have to leave our little girl in the car or at a kennel like we would've at Arches National Park or Canyonlands. Didn't wind up staying in the campground like we wanted because we arrived around 3 p.m. but it wasn't terribly surprising with it being a holiday weekend. I suggest arriving before noon during the off season to get a campsite in the park.
  • Dead Horse Point is a nice quick visit. They have a nice bathroom and a large pavilion for inclement weather with places to sit down. Then there is the viewing point and a well maintained walking trail along the rim. Views are excellent especially for sunrise.

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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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