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Dead Horse Point, Moab, Utah
Utah's Most Spectacular State Park
Towering 2,000 feet directly above the Colorado River, Dead Horse Point provides a breathtaking panorama of Canyonlands’ sculptured pinnacles and buttes. Dead Horse Point is on State Route 313, 18 miles off Highway 191 near Moab. The visitor center, interpretive museum, modern rest rooms, 21-unit campground, sewage disposal station, group camping area, pavilion and large overlook shelter make Dead Horse Point comfortable and informative as well as spectacular. Water is limited. Visitors should fill their recreation vehicle water tanks before coming to the park.
The legendary cowboy chase
Dead Horse Point State Park sits atop a narrow peninsula 2,000 feet above the Colorado River. At the end of the peninsula are breathtaking 270 degree views of the red-orange canyons of Canyonlands National Park and surrounding areas. It is definitely worth a stop if you’re visiting the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands.
The name of the park comes from the legend that cowboys once chased wild horses onto the peninsula and fenced off the narrow 30 yard neck to create a large corral. They selected the best of the herd for use and left the rest. Horses left in the corral when the cowboys left were unable to find their way out and died en masse, leaving just their bleached bones as a reminder. (Whether the cowboys remembered (or bothered) to take down the fence is unclear.)
Modern, well-maintained campground
Dead Horse Point is located on a spur road that splits off Hwy. 313 a few miles before the entrance to Canyonlands’ Island in the Sky District. The park entrance is 31 miles southwest of Moab and 40 miles south of I-70. To plan your route, select Utah Map, Southeast Utah Map, or Dead Horse Point Area Map.
Dead Horse Point has a modern, well-maintained campground set pleasantly among desert vegetation. 21 sites with hook-ups; drinking water; modern restrooms with hot and cold running water; sheltered picnic tables; a disposal station; elev. 5,900 feet; open mid-March to Oct. 31; reservations: 800-322-3770 or 801-322-3770; $11.
The park is opened year-round and has a $5 per vehicle admission fee. A visitor center has information about the park and sells drinks, snacks, ice and firewood. Rangers put on evening programs during the summer on various topics in the small amphitheater next to the center. At the point of the peninsula is a pleasant picnic area.
- Acres: 5362
- Elevation: 5900 ft.
- Open: All Year
- Reservations Accepted: 3/1 – 10/31
- Stay Limit: 14 Days
- Total Units: 21
- RV Trailer Sites: 21
- Maximum RV Length: 45
- Tent Sites: 21
- Camping Fee: $14
- Group Camping
- Day-use Fee: $7
- Visitor Center Hours: Winter Months: 9 am to 5 pm. Rest of the Year: 8 am to 6 pm
- Group Campsite with Pavilion
- Limited Drinking Water
- Modern Rest Rooms
- Waste Disposal
- Electrical Hookups
- Off-Highway Vehicles Trails Nearby
- Hiking Trails
- Biking Nearby
- Watchable Wildlife