“ever changing landscape”
From the prominence of Dead Horse Point, 2,000 feet above a gooseneck in the Colorado River, an ever changing landscape unfurls. Immense vertical cliffs meet with canyons carved by ice, water and wind creating a visual masterpiece. Plants and animals surviving on the edge of existence face many challenges of extreme conditions within this high desert environment. Stories of ancient hunters, resting along the cliff tops while knapping chert in preparation for the next hunt, and cowboys of the late 1800’s, chasing wild mustangs onto Dead Horse Point, using the narrow neck to block off the natural corral. What story will you discover on your visit to Dead Horse Point State Park?
We spent a night in June 2014 at the RV park with a 25 ft class C. The views right from the camp site were stunning! We saw lots of cactus in bloom and some wildlife. The sites were clean and roomy, would come back if we'll have the chance! Visitor Center is a very nice stop with a large patio overlooking the canyons below. Lots of hiking trail if have time.
32 miles (51.5 km) from Moab, Dead Horse Point State Park is one of Utah's most spectacular state parks. The view from Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world. 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. Deposition of sediments by ancient oceans, freshwater lakes, streams and windblown sand dunes created the rock layers of canyon country. Igneous activity formed the high mountains that rise like cool blue islands from the desert below.
This is totally worth the drive to get out there. A local recommended this for the sunset, instead of Arches NP, and I am so happy he did. The sunset was incredible, there were only a handful of people there and it was just breathtaking. Must see.
If you have a few days in the Moab area choose this as a seperate one to your natl park days as you have to pay a different ticket cause its a state park. still really cool just be careful as you're literally on cliff edges right out of the parking lot!
If you have a 4x4 take the shafer trail that begins just past the entrance to canyonlands. It takes you right along the river to deadhorse point and out to moab. It is a very beautiful drive!
Dead Horse Point State Park rivals Grand Canyon less the crowd. You can see the entire place in an hour or spend hours taking in the magnificent beauty. Once done with the park, you can do off-roading at Gemini bridge and other roads in the area, if you have the right vehicle, and enjoy some gorgeous scenery up close. We did it with a minivan and it was very adventurous. Make sure to have adequate time and plenty of water. Coming down to Hwy 191 can get a bit tricky without a 4x4 but obviously doable :-)
If you have a couple of days in Moab or just want to see something besides Arches or Canyonlands, definitely check out Dead Horse Point. When I first heard that the view was as stunning as any from the Grand Canyon I scoffed, but for real, this place is astounding. You literally walk out of your car at the visitors center parking lot and step onto the edge of this ginormous precipice overlooking the canyon. But be sure and drive all the way past the visitors center parking lot to the Dead Horse Point as well, which offers some incredible views too.
If you can stay at this campground, do it. The views are beautiful and the sunset from the point is amazing. We got there first thing in the morning to get on the wait list for a first-come/first-serve site. Well worth the effort. There's electric hook up, paved sites, covered picnic table, and flush toilets but no showers. Great campground and beautiful state park.
Day-use fee: $10 per vehicle up to eight passengers, valid for 3 days, $5 for Utah seniors 62 and older, $5 per motorcycle, $2 pedestrian or cyclist (biking into park)
Commercial day-use fee: $2 per person
Camping fees: Kayenta $30
Yurts: $99 plus tax per night
Camping and yurt fees cover one vehicle. A second vehicle may be added for $13 per night, payable at the park.
Day use fees are not charged to overnight campers.
The views from the end of the road at Dead Horse Point State Park are astounding. And don't miss the stops and turnouts along the way. I spent hours standing on the rim identifying dirt roads to be explored on another trip.
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