Today we visited the incredible Dead Horse Point State Park. We wondered how the park got it’s name. According to one legend, the point was once used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming the mesa. Cowboys rounded up these horses, herded them across the narrow neck of land and onto the point. The neck, which is only 30 yards wide, was then fenced off with branches and brush, creating a natural corral surrounded by precipitous cliffs. Cowboys then chose the horses they wanted and for reasons unknown, left the other horses corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst within view of the Colorado River, 2,000 feet below. A very sad story to read.
Our first stop was at the awesome visitor center, just visiting the center would be outstanding, we watched a very informative video about the park before going on the deck with incredible views. Dead Horse Point State Park features a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. You can look for miles into Canyonlands National Park or 2,000 feet down to the Colorado River. There are a few short hikes around the edge of the mesa with stunning views into the deep canyons.
We visited Dead Horse before driving a few miles to Canyonlands National Park nearby. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. It was another great day in Utah, check back later for more.