Dead Horse Point State Park
Sitting adjacent to Canyonlands National Park is a little overlook called Dead Horse Point State Park. There’s absolutely no reason why Dead Horse shouldn’t be part of Canyonlands, but being the case, there is another small fee you will have to pay to get into the park. That aside it’s a must stop to see a beautiful desert sunset. After spending all day in Canyonlands and watching the sunrise at Mesa Arch, this was a much more relaxing way to enjoy the sunset unlike our crowded experience from sunrise.
When our local friend Megan said she knew a good spot for sunset I had no expectations when we started driving back toward Canyonlands. Just before the National Park we turned off the main road toward Dead Horse Point State Park. When I walked out to the view for the first time I was in shock how beautiful it was, and because I had never heard of it before. If you've ever been to Horseshoe Bend it is a slightly similar bend in the Colorado River, but very unique in its own way. At first, I had no idea what were getting into, but this little stop on Highway 313 ended up being my second favorite part of our road trip from Denver.
There isn’t a whole lot to know or for me to explain before visiting the park because all of the fun is exploring the edge of the cliffs overlooking the canyon. Kayenta and Wingate campgrounds are options if you want to spend the night in the park under a starry night, but from experience the best thing here is spending the last few hours of the day watching sunset. If you are considering camping click here for more details and reservations. This was our last stop and night in Moab which I look back on and wish we had more time. I easily think a few weeks could be spent in the Moab area exploring all the hidden secrets within the parks; especially Canyonlands.
Fun fact this is also where a scene from the movie The Lone Ranger was filmed.
Even though there isn’t much for hiking within Dead Horse, always remember you’re in the desert so pack water and sunscreen. The most important thing I can stress is be extremely cautious along the canyon rim. It’s all too often people make a little mistake that costs them their life. if you are taking pictures along the edge never walk right alongside of the cliff, and scoot toward the cliff sitting down if you do want a photo on the edge. I always take extreme caution like this when shooting my photos in a place like this, and I want everyone to have a safe visit too. All being said, this blog is for information purposes only and I ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY INJURY, LOST INDIVIDUALS, OR LEGAL TROUBLE ENCOUNTERED WHILE FOLLOWING THE INFORMATION POSTED HERE.