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Jun 16, 2017 - Dead Horse Point

Dead Horse Point State Park features dramatic overlooks of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. The park covers 5,362 acres of high desert at an altitude of 5,900 feet. The park has several overlooks, a visitor center, a 21-site campground and a group campsite, one picnic area, and a 9-mile loop hiking trail with two cutovers to allow shorter trips. Safety concerns include the relative isolation of the park (gas, food and medical care are over 30 miles away in Moab), lightning danger and unfenced cliffs. Nearby Moab is a noted...

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Apr 20, 2017 - Dead Horse Point State Park

We are finding out that some of the side trips that we are taking are as good as the big ones. Normally we have been visiting the National Parks with every once in awhile we take these side trips to out of the way places and we are really enjoying them. As you can see from the photos the weather is still great. We have been blessed with good weather the whole trip. We have to watch Bunny around the cliff edges as she isn't afraid of height like I am. If anything she pulls me right to the edge. The trip is drawing to a close and we will be...

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Nov 4, 2016 - Dead Horse Point State Park

Another 'must see' near Moab is the Dead Horse Point State Park. Since we saw the scenic park overlook from the water, we must see it on the ground. This is a 'small' state park of a few thousand acres with hiking and camping, and has a featured overlook that is about 2,000 feet above the Colorado River below!

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Aug 29, 2015 - Canyonlands

We had a beautiful morning walking with Sandy around the State Park. Everywhere you look, beautiful. We took her back to the camper, packed lunch and plenty of water and went to the Canyonlands National Park next door. We toured and hiked a couple of hikes, but what David was dying to do since we were in Moab was get off road. OMG, being the passenger on those dirt cliffs is not fun. We got part the way down and David had satisfied his desire and wanted to turn around and go back. I waited outside the truck while he turned around. Of course...

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Aug 28, 2015 - Arches National Park

Today we drove to a neat State Park called Dead Horse Point. Beautiful, breath takingly beautiful. Legend has it that back in the day, the horse wranglers would coral up the horses they did not want in this area where they would thirst and starve to death. When you look down off dead horse point, you see the image of a giant horse. You also see pools of BLUE water. That is where they are harvesting salt from under the ground. We also rode through the Arches National Park. When they say take water, Take water on your hikes! I thought I was...

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Aug 29, 2014 - Dead Horse Point SP

Dead Horse Point State Park is a state park of Utah, featuring a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. The park is so named because of its use as a natural corral by cowboys in the 19th century. The park covers 5,362 acres of high desert at an altitude of 5,900 feet. The plateau is surrounded by sheer cliffs 2,000 feet high with only a narrow neck of land 30 yards wide connecting the mesa to the main plateau. Thus it was easy for cowboys to simply fence off this narrow neck, and keep rounded up wild horses...

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Jul 18, 2014 - Dead Horse Point State Park

Overcast, Haze, Smoke, Lack of Wind all contributed to the poor visibility, therefore these pictures do NOT do justice to the beauty that abounds here. Dead Horse Point State Park Wikipedia

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Nov 17, 2013 - Dead Horse Point S.P.

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...

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Sep 21, 2013 - 9 mile mtn bike

We kept our campsite at the cowboy camp as it filled up fast since there are only 7 sites. After yesterday's beautiful bike ride, we decided to go back and do the 9 mile Big Chief loop in the Intrepid trail system .Great slickrock riding as well as good single track downhills. It took 2 hours and then we found a nice 2 mile hike. We headed back to the campground which was full again. We met 3 Swiss geologists who were asking about water so we gave them a bottle.

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Sep 20, 2013 - Dead Horse Point

Well we have lost some days somewhere. When we don't have cell service and skip several days, time runs together. It's great not to be on a time schedule where you have to get back to work. This is finally the year they didn't return- everyone always said they couldn't believe we came back each year. This is the year! We came up to Dead Horse point and biked the 5 mile trail around the canyon rims. The campground up there was full so we went to what is called Cowboy camp. This overlooks the mesas of se utah and is about 28 miles north of...

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Sep 28, 2012 - Dead Horse Point State Park

In 2009 we visited Dead Horse Point for the first time, we decided it was time to take in this park once again. Located West on SR 313, some 23 miles off of Hwy US 191. Dead Horse Point towers 2,000 ft. above Canyonlands' sculptured pinnacles & buttes. FROM PAMPHLET: The legend of Dead Horse Point 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 & onto the point. The neck, which is only 30 yards wide, was then fenced...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Dead Horse Point State Park, UT

It was a fairly quick 86 mile trip Monday through winding roads and up and down, mostly down, grades to reach Dead Horse Point State Park, about 30 miles North and East of Moab. We are staying in the park campground which only has 21 sites and almost always requires reservations. We have 50 amps of electricity but no water or sewer. Satellite was a quick set up (nothing but very small trees) and we have very weak Verizon service. The site itself is beautiful with a very nice ramada adjacent to the site with grill, picnic table and wind...

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