Travelling in USA 2008/09 travel blog

Monitor & Merrimac

named after Civil War ironclad ships




Dead Horse Point SP is 2,000 feet above the current level of the Colorado River below (or 6,000 feet above sea level); rock at the current river level was deposited 300 million years ago.

The Point was used as a corral for wild horses - the neck is only 30 yards wide which could easily be fenced off creating a natural corral surrounded by precipitous cliffs.

The road to the Point passes two formations made of Entrada Sandstone (the arch-forming stratum at Arches NP), named Monitor and Merrimac after civil war battleships which they resemble.

A long way to go for a day trip - but spectacular scenery.

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