What is the story behind Dead Horse Point in Utah?

The legend of Dead Horse Point originates around the turn of the 19th century when cowboys would round up the wild mustangs that roamed the mesa. It is said, a herd was driven down the neck of the peninsula, its sheer cliffs forming a natural corral, and the 30-foot-wide entrance was fenced off with branches and brush.

Is there a fee to get into Dead Horse state park?

Driving Directions Dead Horse Point State park is a scenic, 40-minute drive from Moab northward on U.S. 191 to the junction with S.R. 313 that leads you to the park’s entrance. There is a $10 entrance fee for each vehicle entering the park.

Can you drive through Dead Horse Point?

Dead Horse Point State Park At the start of the spectacular scenic byway, the route passes through 14 miles of BLM’s incredible red rock canyon country.

How long should you spend in Dead Horse Point State Park?

In 2 hours or less: If you only have an hour or two to spend in the park, enjoy the view from Dead Horse Point Overlook and hike to Meander Overlook. With half of a day: Park at the Visitor Center and hike the East Rim and West Rim trail loop.

What river runs through Dead Horse Point State Park?

the Colorado River
Towering 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, the overlook provides a breathtaking panorama of Canyonlands’ sculpted pinnacles and buttes. Millions of years of geologic activity created the spectacular views from Dead Horse Point State Park.

Can dogs go to Dead Horse state park?

Like all of the Utah State Parks, Dead Horse Point is dog-friendly! You may bring your furry friends on all hiking trails in the park, and into the campground.

How long is the hike to Dead Horse Point?

The hike is 8.8 miles total if you take all the spurs, 4 miles if you take none. [Note: overlooks are not fenced; use caution!] The West Rim Trail accesses Big Horn Overlook, Rim Overlook, Shafer Canyon Overlook, and Meander Overlook, and ends at Dead Horse Point.

Can you drive to the Dead Horse Point Overlook?

This overlook is one of the most photographed spots in Utah. It is beautiful at any hour, and always worth a visit, however the colors are best at sunset. You can either access this point by driving down the main scenic road of the park, or by hiking either the East Rim Trail or West Rim Trail.

Does Dead Horse State Park get crowded?

Dead Horse Point State Park is a Utah gem that sees far fewer visitors than highly recognized Arches National Park, located on U.S. 191 between Canyonlands, Dead Horse and Moab. It’s well worth the side trip to miss the crowds and see one of the reasons The American West should be on a travel bucket list.

How long does it take to drive through Dead Horse Point?

Anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on your mobility and interest.