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Dead Horse Point State Park

Close to the blockbuster attractions of Arches and Canyonlands, this state park is a quieter, more accessible corner of nature.

Dead Horse Point State Park is an uncrowded pocket of natural beauty, perched high above the Colorado River. Its morbid name comes from cowboy actions from the beginning of the 20th century. These men used to corral wild mustangs on the point, where they could be more easily controlled. Sometimes the cowboys left the imprisoned horses to die of thirst, even though the Colorado River coursed by within view. Today, the park is a haven for outdoor aficionados. Bring your mountain bike and dog and enjoy everything Dead Horse Point offers.

Take full advantage of the park’s newly designed Intrepid Trail System by bringing a mountain bike to try out the huge diversity of trails, from looped single track paths to sand and slickrock.

Cycle up to the peaks to see the way the landscape has been shaped by the forces of the earth’s atmosphere. Notice the difference between rocky layers of the canyons and ancient volcanoes, whose relatively cool-colored exterior belies the fire underneath.

Bring hiking boots to explore the large variety of walking routes, some on paved paths that are also accessible by wheelchair. Clamber up to the outcrop of rock that gives the park its name and provides a perfect vista of the river below. 

Stop for coffee or a sandwich at the Pony Expresso Coffee Shop before heading out on another big adventure.

Dead Horse Point State Park is located near Moab, Utah, adjacent to Canyonlands National Park. Arches National Park is a 30-minute drive away. Drive from Moab to the park in about 45 minutes. 

The park is open year-round from early morning to late at night. Pay the park vehicle entrance fee. The Visitor Center opens during regular business hours. The Pony Expresso Coffee Shop is generally open during regular business hours from spring through fall. 

Stay on-site at a campground or in an air-conditioned and heated yurt. Advance reservations may be required. Dogs are welcomed to the park but not allowed on the Intrepid Trail System. 


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1551 North Highway 191, Moab, UT
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Lions Park and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Arches National Park. Grand County Civic Center and Swanny City Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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      Hyatt Place Moab

      Hyatt Place Moab

      890 North Main Street, Moab, UT
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Stylish Beauty in Prime Location

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            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Moab

            1863 North Highway 191, Moab, UT
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Hotel Moab Downtown

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              182 S Main St, Moab, UT
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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                356 S Main St, Moab, UT
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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