Dead Horse Point State Park

Sat, Oct 1, 2016

Dead Horse Point is a Utah state park that is adjacent to Canyonlands National Park and has several unusual geographic features.

First of all, it’s on a mesa and the land to the east, south and west have eroded away creating a drop of some 2,000 ft.

Secondly, the mesa narrows down to a 30 yard neck before opening up to an area about the size of a football field.  Back in the 19th century, cowboys would push mustangs out to the point and then fence them off at the neck.  Some were left for extended periods of time and perished.  Hence the name.

The other cool feature is that the point overlooks a 180 degree turn of the Colorado River.  Ideally, you want to be here early in the morning when the sun is low in the sky.  Carol and it got here around noon so ‘no good lighting for you’.

Here’s the shot that’s been done a million times.

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4 thoughts on “Dead Horse Point State Park

  1. Just reading October now. You were in one of my favorite parts of the country and your pictures are bringing back memories of my trips there. I haven’t been to all of the parks yet, but many of them. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you two😀

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