- At the end of Hwy. 313 about 30 miles southwest of Moab
- State Parks
- 5,900 feet feet
DescriptionDead Horse Point State Park is a small park with an absolutely outstanding view out over the Colorado River canyon and into Canyonlands National Park.
The park sits atop a narrow peninsula 2,000 feet above the Colorado River. At the end of the peninsula are breathtaking 270 degree views of the red-orange canyons of Canyonlands National Park and surrounding areas. It is definitely worth a stop if you're visiting the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands.
The name of the park comes from the legend that cowboys once chased wild horses onto the peninsula and fenced off the narrow 30 yard neck to create a large corral. They selected the best of the herd for use and left the rest. Horses left in the corral when the cowboys left were unable to find their way out and died en masse, leaving just their bleached bones as a reminder. (Whether the cowboys remembered (or bothered) to take down the fence is unclear.)