March 29 2011

Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab, Utah


Dead Horse State Park is located about 30 miles north of Moab, UT.  It is on a high mesa about 2000 feet above the Colorado River with large canyons surrounding it on 3 sides.  The name comes because cowboys used to herd horses out to the point via a narrow isthmus and then block it off to capture them. One year they forgot to remove the barrier and the horse died of dehydration, since there is no water on the mesa.  There still isn’t any water here, the park has to have it hauled in, so the campsites come with electric, but no water or sewer. There is running water in the bathrooms, but no showers, an RV dump, but no water to flush out the system, so bring your own or go dry…

About 20 campsites, each with its own cover picnic table, electric, and usually a couple of tent sites close to each pad.  There are some pull thrus and maneuvering is easy, paved roads and pads. Lots to do here, plenty of beautiful scenery, some very good bike trails and of course plenty of hiking trails.  Moab is just a short scenic drive away and there are lots of outdoor activities around Moab, to include jeep rides, whitewater rafting, and some wonderful bike trails.

We are close to Arches and Canyon Lands National Parks and will be visiting them during our stay here, see other posts for any information.

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Posted March 29, 2011 by Tom Martin in category "Camping in the SouthWest

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