Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah, USA
Dead Horse Point photo by Brad Weis

The True Story of Dead Horse Point

In the l800s wild mustang herds were common in this area. This peninsula, 2000 feet above the Colorado River, was used to corral and capture them behind a 50 ft. fence at the neck of the formation. One time a herd of unwanted horses was left out there, where they died of thirst.

Another Dead Horse Point photo by Brad Weis
  • Visitor Center - Exhibits, Information, Snacks, Souvenirs
  • Kayenta Campground - Covered Picnic Tables, Electrical Hookups, Modern rest rooms, 21 campsites
  • Day Use Facilities - Picnic Tables, BBQ Grills, Hiking Trails

Dead Horse Point State Park's 5200 acres is managed by the Utah Division of Parks & Recreation, a division of the Utah Departmentof Natural Resources. The park is open year round and camping is limited to two consecutive weeks per month. All water is trucked in from Moab. Altitude is about 6000 feet. Summer high temperatures are 90-100 degrees, with nighttime temperatures in the 40s. Animals and vegetation have adapted to extremely arid high chaparral environment. Even the plants are nocturnal.

Reservations are not required but are recommended. Unreserved campsites are on a first come first served basis. There is a user fee. To make reservations, call 800-322-3770 Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00.

Beautiful photo to see.
View from Dead Horse Point View of Dead Horse Point
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