Introducing Dead Horse Point State Park
The views at Dead Horse Point pack a wallop, extending 2000ft down to the winding Colorado River, up to La Sal Mountains' 12,700ft peaks and out 100 miles across Canyonlands' mesmerizing stair-step landscape. (You might remember it from the final scene of Thelma & Louise, where they drove off into the abyss.) If you thrive on rare, epic views, you're gonna love Dead Horse.
Drive Hwy 313 south from Hwy 191, 30 miles northwest of Moab, following the road as it turns left into the park (if you go straight you'll reach Island in the Sky). Toward the end of the drive, the road traverses a narrow ridge just 90ft across. Around the turn of the 20th century, cowboys used the mesa top as a sort of natural corral by driving wild horses onto it and blocking the ridge. The story goes that one season ranch hands forgot to release the horses they didn't cull, and the stranded equines supposedly died with a great view of the Colorado River…
The visitor center has exhibits, shows on-demand videos and sells books and maps. Rangers lead walks and talks in summer. To escape the small (but sometimes chatty) crowds, take a walk around the mesa rim. Visit at dawn or dusk for the best lighting. South of the vistor center, the 21-site Kayenta Campground provides limited water and a dump station, but no hookups. Reservations are accepted from March to October, but you can often secure same-day sites by arriving early. Fill RVs with water in Moab.