DEAD HORSE POINT RIDE – MIATAS IN MOAB
Bring Plenty of Water and Gas Up in Moab before heading out
1. West from Red Cliffs Lodge on State Road 128 for approx.14 miles.
2. Turn North on US 191 for approx. 9 miles (passing Arches National Park entrance).
3. Turn left onto State Road 313. If going in or with a group, note point 4 below.
4. Just past the railroad tracks we will stop and regroup on the roadside.
5. Follow State Road 313 approx. 15 miles.
6. Take a left hand turn to Dead Horse Point State Park.
7. Pay the Utah State Park entrance fee (approx. $10 fee per vehicle). Option on item 8.
8. Approx. 5 miles from turnoff to visitor Center where we will regroup and spend 30 min.
9. Approx. 1.5 miles from visitor center to the overlook parking lot. Then a short walk to the overlook where we will spend approx 45 min. Don’t forget your camera for amazing views!
10. Return to Red Cliffs Lodge. Allow 4 Hrs for this drive if following above instructions.
About Dead Horse Point:
Dead Horse Point is a promontory of stone surrounded by steep cliffs. The overlook at Dead Horse Point is 6,000 feet above sea level. Two thousand feet below, the Colorado River winds its way from the continental divide in Colorado to the Gulf of California, a distance of 1,400 miles. From the overlook, canyon erosion over 150 million years may be viewed on a grand scale. Much of it is caused by the river slicing down into the earth's crust as land is forced upward.
Before the turn of the century, mustang herds ran wild on the mesas near Dead Horse Point. The unique promontory provided a natural corral into which the horses were driven by cowboys. The only escape was through a narrow, 30-yard neck of land controlled by fencing. According to one legend, a band of mustangs was left corralled on the Point. The gate was supposedly left open so the horses could return to the open range. For some unknown reason, the mustangs remained on the Point. There they died of thirst within sight of the Colorado River, 2,000 feet below.