We paid $15 to get into the park. We drove up to the Welcome Center and somehow scored a tent camping site. The ranger told us about a thousand times that we were lucky to get a spot due to a rare cancellation. We were very excited and spent the next day and morning at Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park.
The views at Dead Horse Point State Park are astounding. When coming from Moab, the views are obstructed until you pull into the parking lot at the park entrance.
This is the view about 30 yards from the parking lot.
There is a nice walking trail or if you’re brave enough, biking trail that leads to the Goose neck of the Colorado River at Dead Horse Point. The trail is lined with rock walls in some areas. This is to prevent people from walking off the cliffs while taking selfies.
These were the views along the way.
The blue bodies of water are actually man made evaporation pools used in producing potassium chloride.
Notice the dirt roads next to the pools for scale.
The park is great. The Welcome Center has a gift shop. There’s a snack bar outside the Welcome Center. The prices are reasonable and the food was good. They’ll pack you a perfect picnic for a hike along the Dead Horse Point Trail.
Once we reached the view of Dead Horse Point, we knew this trip was worth it. The formations and the peninsula surrounded by the Colorado river is truly something to behold. The first time I saw a photo of Dead Horse Point, I thought it was the Grand Canyon.
Legend has it, the peninsula was used as a natural horse corral. Cowboys would take the best horses and leave the rest to die of starvation and thirst while staring down an impossible decent to the Colorado River below. A sad story and apt reminder of harder times.
Before we set up camp, we drove over to Canyonlands and saw the Mesa Arch. It was amazing.
Read about our time at Canyonlands here.