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Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Park State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park


We have been through this area before, but the beauty of this area continues to amaze me. We lucked out and got the last available campsite at Dead Horse Point State Park. They had 50 amps electric but no water. I took a hike from the campground to the point and back, around 5 miles. The views here are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I actually think it is prettier than the Grand Canyon.

Dead Horse Point State Park is a Utah state park adjacent to Canyonlands National Park featuring a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River. The park is so named because of its use as a natural corral by horse thieves in the 19th century. The plateau drops off with sheer cliffs several thousand feet tall on 6 sides, with only a narrow neck of land (300 yards or so) connecting the plateau to the main plateau. Thus it was easy for rustlers to simply fence off this narrow neck, and keep their horses from running away. Unfortunately the dry desert conditions, lack of food and water, and limited space often killed the horses. The area was used as the set for the Grand Canyon scenes in the 1991 film Thelma and Louise.



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