Dead Horse Point State Park

This Utah state park (pics) is located between Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.  It sits on a mesa that is on top of a narrow peninsula, 2000 feet above a gooseneck in the Colorado River.  Millions of years of erosion have resulted in immense vertical cliffs and spectacular vistas.

Basin Overlook

The name, Dead Horse Point, comes from a time in the 19th century when cowboys used this peninsula as a natural corral.  The “neck” of the peninsula is only 30 yards wide with sheer drops on both sides.  They would round up wild horses and herd them onto the point and then fence the neck trapping the horses.  For unknown reasons, on one occasion the horses were abandoned and allowed to die due to lack of water.

Dead Horse Point

We took the Rim Trail that begins at the Visitor Center, traverses the east rim out to the point then along the west rim back to the Visitor Center.

By the way, this was the location used for the final scene in the movie, “Thelma and Louise”.

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One thought on “Dead Horse Point State Park

  1. Good morning, Kevin and Val. Wow, such beautiful pictures of Dead Horse Point State Park. I must watch the movie, Thelma and Louise, again. Kevin, the birds are enjoying your apples. I picked a few before the birds got to them. Is it due to the warm weather we’re having, that the apples are ripening earlier this year ????? Yesterday, I had the filters (3) on my reverse osmosis, changed. The serviceman, had to replace the shut off valve, too. It’s so nice not having to lift the heavy Brita water pitcher.😊😊😊😊 My arm always hurts to lift it. Take care and I’ll see you soon. Love, Mom

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