Dead Horse Point State Park

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The Legend Of Dead Horse Point
Before the turn of the 19th century, mustang herds ran wild on the mesas near Dead Horse Point. The unique promontory provided a natural corral into which the horses were driven by cowboys. The only escape was through a narrow, 30-yard neck of land controlled by fencing. Mustangs were then roped and broken, with the better ones being kept for personal use or sold to eastern markets. Unwanted culls of "broomtails" were left behind to find their way off the Point.

According to one legend, a band of broomtails was left corralled on the Point. The gate was supposedly left open so the horses could return to the open range. For some unknown reason, the mustangs remained on the Point. There they died of thirst within sight of the Colorado River, 2,000 feet below.

Today, Dead Horse Point provides a beautiful mesa where you can look for miles into Canyonlands National Park or 2,000 feet down to the Colorado River. There are a few short hikes around the edge of the mesa with stunning views into the deep canyons. The Intrepid Trail system provides fun and challenging mountain bike trails around the mesa.

Main Attractions
Scenic views of Canyonlands National Park and surrounding country
Popular stop for photographers
Area mountain biking

Near the town of Moab, in SE Utah
Approximately 248 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

Directions: Drive nine miles northwest of Moab on US 191 and then 23 miles southwest on Utah 313 to the end of the highway.

Contact Information
Dead Horse Point State Park
P.O. Box 609
Moab, UT 84532-0609
Phone: (435) 259-2614

Seasons/Open Hours
Open year-round, 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Visitor Center Hours:
Summer (Mar 15 to Mid-Oct) - 8 am to 6 pm
Winter (Mid-Oct to Mar 14) - 9 am to 5 pm

Holiday Closures: Visitor Center closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day (park remains open)

Entrance Fees
$10 per vehicle with up to 8 passengers
$5 for Utah seniors 62+
$75 Annual Day-Use Pass
$35 Senior Adventure (annual) Pass

Dead Horse Point is located at the end of a mesa 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, on the edge of Canyonlands National Park.

The vista offers outstanding views of the river and surrounding canyon country. Many excellent photos are taken here.

The park offers the exciting Intrepid Bike Trail System, and other prime bike trails are found nearby.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Auto touring
Short hikes to scenic viewpoints
Mountain biking
ATV trails nearby

Kayenta Campground: $20 per night
Some pull-through sites with electrical hookups
Can accommodate vehicles up to 65 feet

Group campsite available

Camping Reservations
Online: ReserveAmerica
800-322-3770 (toll-free from outside the Salt Lake City area)
801-322-3770 (from within the Salt Lake City area)

Visitor Center
Bike trail
Hiking trails
Group campsite
Picnic spots

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