Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park is a Utah State Park that is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Canyonlands National Park. It's a small state park about 30 miles from Moab Utah which offers some camping and views of the surrounding landscape. Click here for more information. Dead Horse Point is off HWY 313 and sits on the northern end of Canyonlands.  When Driving to Canyonlands from Moab you will see signs for Dead Horse Point. Real easy to find. Dead Horse Point State Park does charge an entrance fee, and if my memory serves me, it's $10 per vehicle.

How Dead Horse Point State Park got it's name is very interesting. The unique shape of Dead Horse Point narrows down to 90 feet surrounded by two thousand feet sheer cliffs that fall to the Colorado River. During the 19th century cowboys would herd wild mustangs to Dead Horse Point and gate off the narrow neck, thus trapping the wild horses and preventing them from running away. Legend states that a group of horses was inadvertently left fenced in and eventually died of thirst within view of the Colorado River.

Dead Horse Point State Park was a nice compliment to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. It's something you can easily tour during your time in Moab and it's worth seeing a sunset.

This post picture was taken during a sunset in July. I used a 16-35mm lens to capture the vast landscape. I also used a ND Grad filter to help balance out the sky and give my foreground a little more depth. I also had a polarizing filter attached to give the red rock a little more pop and to take some of the reflection out of the river.

Hope you enjoy!