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Canyonlands Bonus: Dead Horse

Canyonlands Bonus: Dead Horse

Posted in: Outdoor adventures on February 25, 2020.

Bonus Round!

We recently published an in-depth look at Canyonlands National Park. It’s got our best suggestions for which trails to hit, and what to see. But, if you’re going to Canyonlands, then you really, really should take time to visit one of our favorite state parks. (Think of it as a bonus to Canyonlands.) We’re talking about Dead Horse Point State Park!

A chipmunk stands on the edge of the overlook to a large canyon

Dead Horse Point. Notice the chipmunk. Photo by Tim Fleumer via unsplash.com

A Mini-Grand Canyon

Dead Horse Point State Park provides access to a portion of the immense canyons created by the Colorado River. The views are incredible, a 2,000-foot drop near a gooseneck fold in the river. It really is just like the Grand Canyon, only you don’t have to fight the crowds. Honestly, pictures don’t do it justice, you gotta see for yourself.

Another view of the canyon, with the river below

Photo by Michael Hart via unsplash.com

Plenty to Do

In addition to one heck of a view at the Point, there’s a bunch of cool stuff you can see and explore in the park. Here’s just three options:

  • The Intrepid Trail System at Dead Horse Point State Park is one of the best biking trails in the West (we’ve written about it in passing here) so bring your mountain bike if you love to ride.
  • The hiking trails are great too, we particularly like the East Rim Trail, a fairly easy, 4-mile roundtrip trek with plenty of view of the vast desert and canyons below.
  • And don’t forget about the night sky! Dead Horse Point State Park is an International Dark Sky Place, so you can be assured that the stars will be spectacular!

Stop on By

Dead Horse Point is so close to Canyonlands, that it’s basically a requirement to stop by. Heck, if the campgrounds are full in Canyonlands, sometimes you can still get a spot in Dead Horse, and only add a few minutes to your trip. Entrance fees to the park are $20 per entering vehicle.

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