There are many spectacular state parks in Utah. Some are better than others, however. One of Utah’s best parks, in our opinion, is Dead Horse State Park. Situated in the high desert near Moab, Dead Horse offers a stunning overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. In some parts of the park, sheer cliffs rise vertically 2,000 feet. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch want you to check out Dead Horse State Park.
The origin of the name “Dead Horse” is a bit of a controversy. Some stories maintain that upon arriving at the canyon, a Mormon pioneer looked down toward the river, and saw a white sandstone formation that resembled a horse lying on its side. This geological formation is still plainly visible, and lends credibility to this story. An opposing viewpoint claims that early cowboys used the canyon as a natural corral for wild horses. When the cowboys abandoned the site, the horses refused to leave the canyon, and consequently died – giving the canyon its name.
Today, Dead Horse State Park has a dedicated visitor center, several official overlook points, a developed camping site and ATV trails. While some of the overlook locations require a short hike, all of them are worth checking out. Additional hiking opportunities are available for avid hikers. Bike trails and off-road-vehicle trails are also.
Dead Horse State Park is open all year round. The park charges approximately ten dollars per vehicle entering and twenty dollars for a camping site. The easiest way to access Dead Horse is by traveling southeast from Moab.
We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch really like Dead Horse State Park – we think you will too. For more information check out the park site.