Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park
4.5
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
From the prominence of Dead Horse Point, 2,000 feet above a gooseneck in the Colorado River, an ever changing landscape unfurls. Immense vertical cliffs meet with canyons carved by ice, water and wind creating a visual masterpiece. Plants and animals surviving on the edge of existence face many challenges of extreme conditions within this high desert environment. Stories of ancient hunters, resting along the cliff tops while knapping chert in preparation for the next hunt, and cowboys of the late 1800's, chasing wild mustangs onto Dead Horse Point, using the narrow neck to block off the natural corral . What story will you discover on your visit to Dead Horse Point State Park?
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  • Paintyhands
    Sheridan, Wyoming740 contributions
    Stunning! Don’t miss this!
    The legend is as moving as the scenic views. This can be a quick stop or you could make a day out of it with biking or hiking around. I find it nearly as stunning as the Grand Canyon, but far less crowded or time consuming.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Matthew S
    Denver, Colorado108 contributions
    Great Campsite & Views!
    We camped at Dead Horse and had a wonderful time. Amazing views, easy hiking trails, and very friendly staff. Water and other amenities where shut off due to the weather, so plan accordingly and fill up water at the visitors center. Look forward to returning!
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 13, 2023
  • Katie
    Plymouth, Massachusetts208 contributions
    Better than Canyonlands
    This park is 30-45 minutes drive from Canyonlands, and, in my opinion, is a better choice. You can see a little deeper into the canyon from this park, and you also can see the Colorado river, which is really cool. There was hardly anyone here, which was great compared to the long lines at Canyonlands.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 21, 2023
  • Lourdes G
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida27 contributions
    Hidden Gem of a Park!
    This smaller park on the way to Canyonlands, is a hidden Gem. Drive in and go all the way to the end to the viewpoint first. The view is like a little Grand Canyon. It is less busy and the views are spectacular. There are covered picnic tables at the end and it’s just beautiful. My husband says it’s his favorite. It’s worth the drive and the fee.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Bruce C
    10 contributions
    Adaptive cyclist paradise.
    I went to the dead horse point, and rode my recumbent mountain trike. The trails were technical on three wheels but wide enough that I had no problems fitting. We rode on the intrepid trail system and had wonderful views from the trail.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 10, 2023
  • Robert M
    27 contributions
    Worth a visit
    The views from the rim down to the Colorado river are breathtaking. Staff at the visitor center are friendly and informative. Price is a little high for the size of the park, especially compared to prices at the national parks.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Jaymie
    Germantown, Tennessee203 contributions
    Great park, amazing views.
    Great park with amazing views of the canyons. We went in the morning (during Memorial Day weekend) and didn't have to wait, but by the time we were leaving, there was a line of cars waiting to get in. The staff are friendly and helpful. There are lots of trails, and they are dog friendly but watch their paws as the ground gets very hot. Trails are pretty well marked, but it does get confusing in a few places. Gift shop has some good items and there is a small museum there too although we didn't go to it. The west rim and east rim trails are pretty easy, although the west rim is up a slight grade much of the way back.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Kurt H
    Salt Lake City, Utah439 contributions
    Better than Canyonlands Especially for Short Visit
    Dead Horse Point has Much better views compared with Canyonlands' Island in the Sky district. Why? The Colorado river is right below the point with big swooping turns 2000ft below, providing spectacular views. However, it is a quite small compact area. Do stop and look at views all directions as they are quite different. Why Canyonlands Island in the Sky? Canyonlands' advantage is simply larger and more viewpoints than Dead Horse Point. However, the views of the river are quite limited and much further away, so there isn't nearly the contrasting views. Canyonlands instead has sweeping views to the horizon in all directions like Dead Horse Point but just more of them.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida18,062 contributions
    Best Views of the Canyons & See It at Sunrise
    Dead Horse Point is one of the most amazing views in Canyonlands. Yes, it is not in the National Park but a state park that took the best spot before Canyonlands NP was formed. Still this is an amazing view, as good as any Canyon view in the US. Also see it at Sunrise when the light changes the colors for the best viewing. We loved it.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 7, 2023
  • MXSCHWARZ
    Tampa, Florida223 contributions
    Great View of River
    Went early and parked at Dead Horse Point. One other car in parking lot. Started with the West Rim hiking trails. The Rim and Big Horn Overlooks are the best views of the canyons and the Colorado River. Then across the road at the Visitor Center to continue the trails on the East Rim. Check out the Bright Blue Potash Ponds. Then enjoy the views as you make your way back to Dead Horse Point. Nice loop. Look over the canyons before you get in the car and leave. Parking lot was packed by the time we got back. Bring water and the hiking wasn't that strenuous. More easy than moderate.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2023
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN2,315 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Dead Horse Point State Park is a state park that is located adjacent to Canyonlands National Park. It has a separate entrance and has separate fees (National Park passes not accepted here), but it's 100% worth it to visit here even if you've already been to Canyonlands. The views here are just as good if not better than Canyonlands and the vistas in this part of Utah are remarkable. There are lots of hiking trails here as well and we wish we left more time to explore here as we would have liked to have done more hiking here. The park is nicely set up overall and it's a wonderful place to visit when exploring this park of Utah!
Written December 13, 2023
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burnie t
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Family
The park was awesome! Went to firery furnace a must. Stayed at field station,it's a new hotel for the outdoor person,if you like mountain biking and hiking it's the hotel for you. It's 10 minutes from arches National Park entreance.
Written December 9, 2023
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AmeliavdBerg
Auckland, New Zealand497 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Amazing , the beauty , vastness it’s breathtakingly beautiful . The park is very well maintained road Are perfect , the restrooms are clean and plentiful , well marked with stops everywhere .A have to see
Written October 30, 2023
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Kathy S
Warminster, PA92 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Sad story about the horses dying here. Beautiful spot of majestic views and stunning rocks. We ate lunch here.
Written October 28, 2023
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Serviceprof
Lexington, SC1,414 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Great self drive way to visit the park. Many outstanding vistas and plenty of photo opportunities. Was especially impressed by Horseshoe Canyon with Colorado River meandering thru Canyon. Would recommend this park for visit. Although it is a state park it has many great viewing opportunities and it is very much less crowded.
Written October 21, 2023
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RBonTheLake
York, SC656 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We did the East/West Rim trail combination: Arrived at 7:30am and nobody was in the parking lot at the visitor’s center. $20 admission to the park is well worth it. Flush toilets (vs. pit toilets at the National Park). There are great views almost the entire trail. At one point we saw a white tailed jack rabbit which was cool. Trail is marked with paint along the way. The overlook to the Colorado River is beautiful. This is an easy hike – a little over 5 miles to make the entire loop. Spent about 2.5 hours total in the park.
Written October 18, 2023
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donE9788NN
5 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
The views were excellent, and the roads and pullouts were very well marked. Beautiful area. We saw a Bride and Groom having wedding photos taken in their wedding clothes.
Written October 7, 2023
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Tom L
Federal Way, WA145 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The first road trip we did through this area we saw the sign for this park but didn't think it warranted a visit compared to all the national parks in the area. That was a mistake. The views are stunning and breathtaking.
Written October 2, 2023
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Scabshouse
Greensboro, GA314 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
If your Camping, Hiking or Mtn biking it’s probably great. We were only there to sight see so we paid $20 to see the one view of the Colorado river. After visiting the Mighty Five NP in Utah and also the Kodachrome state park for $10, we were a little disappointed in this park.
Written September 23, 2023
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Cindy P
Saint Louis, MO49 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We passed this on our way from Moab to Canyonlands, and stopped on our way back. We highly recommend it.
Written September 17, 2023
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