Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Accessible to vehicles, hikers, and the disabled, this spot offers a beautiful overlook of the Colorado River.
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Radiohutch
Safety Harbor, FL2,095 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
I am a photographer who has photographed most of the Utah Parks. My 1st experience at Dead Horse Point was amazing. It is on a compact 3 mile paved road. The park is easy to navigate and the views are breathtaking. The viewpoints are just a short walk off of the paved road. The view of the bend in the Colorado River is iconic. And the views over the potash ponds are great too. There are plenty of hiking trails too, but we didn’t walk more than about 1/2 mile and saw plenty. There is a $20 charge per car to enter the Park. I highly recommend it.
Written September 29, 2023
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA4,498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
After you leave the Canyonlands National Park, you can go down the road and visit Dead Horse Point State Park and it s amazing views. It only costs 20.00 to see this park and it has some of the best views of the Moab area and take lots of pictures. Really good place to visit.
Written December 3, 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,813 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The park and overlook are not in Canyonlands National Park. However, much that you see in the incredible view from this overlook across the Colorado River is the Island in the Sky. A couple of people in our group visited the overlook for sunrise on our last morning in Moab before leaving for Capitol Reef NP. It was beautiful to see the colors change on a frosty morning that was clear of clouds but draped in some fog. While I know there is so much said about seeing sunrise from Mesa Arch, let me say that seeing it at Dead Horse Point is incredible. Please see the pictures but even they do not come close to accurately reflecting it. You simply have to see it. All in all this is the best place to see the Island in the Sky and perhaps the best view of the Colorado River Canyon. The view is as impressive and amazing as anything you will see at the Grand Canyon.
Written June 5, 2023
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DLP
New Jersey3,700 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
It is not a National Park, but the views are just as spectacular. The canyons, the colors and the views make this well worth a visit. The crowds are much less than the nearby state parks making everything much more easily accessible and enjoyable.
Written July 18, 2023
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Sally K
Ashwaubenon, WI7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Our family visited Dead Horse Point State Park May 2021. It's very easily accessed for any level of hiker. Paved walkways for OUTSTANDING overlooks of the Colorado River and canyons. We all felt it was better than Canyonlands in viewpoints. Shaded areas were nice for a lunch spot. There are not many "hikes" for those looking to w do that, but it's a bikers paradise. Many mountain bike paths are well marked. Plan 2-3 hours max here (if not biking). Relaxing beautiful views!!
Written May 27, 2021
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
There are many amazing views at this state park in Utah’s canyon country. Looking down 2,000-feet into the canyon valley below, we saw the Colorado River weaving its way through the mountain range, and beautiful, multi-colored rock formations. During the fall/winter months (mid-October to mid-March), the park is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Although I didn’t want to know how the park got its gruesome-sounding name, I did find out. And Yes, it is a sad legend.
Written October 23, 2018
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Steve5863
Avon, OH12,823 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
A popular location for films (the end of Thelma and Louise for example) and commercials, the park is most famous for the morning views of the extreme gooseneck bend of the Colorado River and the mesa created to the southwest but the panoramic views late in the day to the east and southeast are also spectacular and perhaps even more so.

Dead Horse Point Overlook, located at the end of the park’s scenic road, not only provides the famous morning views of the Colorado River gooseneck and mesa but also the outstanding late day views to the east and southeast of intense red canyons with the Colorado River clearly flowing through and the picturesque La Sal Mountains in the background. Add to this, looking a bit to the northeast, the potash evaporation pools in various shades of blue, one has intensely colorful views that no camera can fully capture and is unmatched by the views at the nearby Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park.

While visiting the Island in the Sky, we would highly recommend a stop at the Dead Horse Point State Park, which shares the same mesa and is accessed by the same road as the Island in the Sky, either in the morning on your way to the Island in the Sky or at the end of the day on your way out. We had originally set out for an early visit for the famous view but the sky was completely overcast so we decided to postpone our visit to the late afternoon on our way out and we were not letdown by the late day views.

Entrance to Dead Horse Point has been recently increased to $15 which seems high for such a small park but the views are exceptional and my wife felt that access to clean restrooms with flush toilets (not available in the Island in the Sky) after a long day was almost worth the price of admission alone.
Written June 7, 2017
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huangj02
New Haven, CT133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
When I was planning my trip to Moab, I didn't understand why people were so much more enthusiastic about Dead Horse Point State Park than Island in the Sky. The observations point is right up against the Colorado River, so you have an amazing view of the cliffs and the river below. At both Grand Viewpoint and the Green River Overlook in Island in the Sky, the canyons are farther out and you don't appreciate the depth of the river(s) as much. Definitely a photography hotspot, there were already 5 or 6 people there for sunrise when I went. Luckily, the place can be photographed from multiple angles so you aren't jostling with others like at Mesa Arch at sunrise.
Written June 14, 2009
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Bill R
Moab, UT13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Friends
Wonderful sights once you are there, but travel along UT 313 is very upsetting. We were tail gated by a large tanker truck for 3 miles coming down. The area near the Park is filled with oil wells and drill rigs and more trucks. It is sad to see this beautiful area being exploited.
Written February 20, 2014
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trailernomad
King City, Canada196 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
Sure the view of the winding Colorado River was beautiful but we were expecting more based on all the great reviews this place gets. A few weeks prior to this visit, we hiked down to the Colorado River and back up, at the Grand Canyon (amazing!) and recently hiked around the Needles district of Canyonland National Park and around Arches. In our experience, this place just doesn't compare. And to be fair, by now we've just about had enough of canyons, red rock and red dirt.

If you're going to the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands, Dead Horse is right on the way and worth the $10 entrance fee and detour to check out the view (just do the drive to it) for yourself. Just don't expect to be blown away if you've already visited many other canyons.
Written June 3, 2012
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