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Dead Horse Point State Park

Type
Scenic Vistas, State Parks

Dead Horse Point State Park offers breathtakingly unforgettable views of Canyonlands National Park’s rugged pinnacles and buttes. From the park's 6,000 foot vantage point, visitors also get a birds-eye view of 300 million years of geologic activity, visible in the exposed canyon layers deposited by ancient seas, waterways, sand dunes, erosion, and regional uplift. The scenic vista from Dead Horse Point State Park is one of the most photographed viewpoints in Utah.

Dead Horse Point was once used by cowboys as a corral for the wild mustangs that roamed the mesa top. According to legend, a group of horses were corralled and then neglected, dying of thirst within view of the Colorado River. Today, ten miles of pet-friendly trails, including the Rim Walk, give easy access to viewpoints throughout the park. The Intrepid Trail System, featuring three loops ranging from one to nine miles, is the perfect introduction to southern Utah mountain biking, leading riders over a variety of slickrock and sandy terrain, all while surrounded by incredible scenic views of Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River.

Dead Horse Point State Park can be explored in as little as two hours via the Scenic Drive and a walk to the main overlook. The park is open year-round, including a visitor center with exhibits, books, maps, souvenirs, rest rooms, and drinking fountains. To reach Dead Horse Point State Park take U.S. Highway 191, then head southwest on SR 313 for 23 miles.

Accessible via Utah Highway 313

  • Visitor Center
  • Campground
  • Ranger Programs
Type
Scenic Vistas, State Parks