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greenBlue Dead Horse Point Trail

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4.0 mile 6.4 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 272' 83 m
Descent: -253' -77 m
High: 6,006' 1,831 m
Low: 5,864' 1,787 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Dead Horse Point State Park is located high on the rim of the Colorado River Canyon.

Justin S.

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

If you are looking to hike in some of the most scenic country the Moab area has to offer, Dead Horse Point State Park is an excellent choice. This is a small park, but definitely worth the trip. The park is well kept and offers beautiful sunrises and sunsets should you find yourself here early in the morning or during the evening.

The history of Dead Horse Point states that around the turn of the 20th century, the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming the mesa top. Cowboys herded them across the narrow area of land and onto the point. The area was then fenced off with branches and brush. It is said that horses were once corralled into the area without water and left to die within view of the Colorado river below, hence the name Dead Horse Point.

As you begin your hike, you'll hug the cliffs above, weaving in and out of different sections. Halfway through the trail, you'll be able to see the Colorado River below as it meanders through the canyon. During the last half of the trail, you can see the Moab valley below and take in some of the most amazing sights the area offers.

Flora & Fauna

Keep an eye out for the occasional lizard or tarantula.

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Jun 14, 2019
Lynette Cornell
Trail is well marked. Start at the visitor center and follow the obvious path and cairns. If short on time, opt for out and back of east rim. We di…
Apr 24, 2019
Carolyn Jungels
5mi
Mar 29, 2019
Patrick Csongei
this trail description/map is wildly inaccurate. excellent hike though once we found the actual trail 5.8mi — 2h 15m
Mar 25, 2019
Ryan S
Oct 23, 2018
Katie Q
Super cloudy when we went :( couldn't see anything so that's definitely something to consider. Other than that the trail was great! 1.5mi
Sep 19, 2018
Carine Istas
Sep 11, 2018
Ryan M
Sep 9, 2018
Jeff Harper

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in Utah

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