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Dead Horse Point

A 45-minute drive from Moab and located east of Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park is a welcome escape from crowds for maximum fun. Smaller than its neighboring park, Dead Horse Point is like a well-kept secret, offering fun hikes for people of every ability, truly jaw-dropping views (how come no one talks about this mini-Grand Canyon?), and best of all, wide-open spaces to explore.

What’s with the Name?

Surely this destination piqued your interest because of its name alone. Legend has it that cowboys used this natural occurring phenomenon to corral their horses, which, as you can guess from the name, didn’t always end well. Dead Horse Point in Utah is a long, skinny mesa. The narrowest part is referred to as “the neck,” past which there is one larger piece of land that drops off on all sides. In other words, there’s only one way in and one way out, which is why cowboys would corral wild mustangs here and fence off the one opening with branches and brush. The cowboys would then pick the cream of the crop, leaving the other horses trapped without water.

What to Do at Dead Horse Point

There are multiple breathtaking overlooks to explore as you make your way through the park. You’ll marvel at the sight of the Colorado River making its way through the canyon, with views of Canyonlands National Park beyond and the La Sal Mountains even further past that. Not to be overlooked, too, is the clear blue skies of the high desert, reminding us even as we are surrounded by massive rock beauty, that we’re all tiny in comparison to the space that surrounds us.

A hiker’s delight – they can take advantage of a couple of different hiking options within Dead Horse Point State Park. The easiest is the East Rim Trail, a 2-mile (one way) trail reaching from the Visitor’s Center to Dead Horse Point Overlook, which, by the way, offers absolutely amazing views. Experiencing the national parks from within the parks is incredible but seeing them from outside at this viewpoint is absolutely worth the trip. Another hike, the West Rim Trail, is a primitive 3.5-mile (one way) trek that starts at Dead Horse Point Overlook and ends at the Kayenta Campground.

It wouldn’t be Utah if there weren’t mountain biking options within this state park. Called the Intrepid Trail System, there are miles of trails for riders ranging from easy to difficult.

Contact our team of reservation specialists today to learn more about local attractions and to book your Moab vacation rental!


Guest Reviews

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Guest Reviews

Casi W. Nov 25, 2022

VRBO
This is a great rental. It was well stocked, clean and in great condition. The layout is great. We were a family of 4 so everyone got their own room and bathrooms had dual vanities. There is another bathroom with shower downstairs that we did not use. This could comfortably accommodate 3 couples; 4 if wouldn't mind using the bunk bed room. The kitchen was well stocked. We only cooked one evening but kitchen had everything we needed including common spices and some olive oil. Condo had shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, hand soap, dish soap and Keurig coffee pods. Condo is close to main part of town so we could have easily walked but Moab wasn't busy during our visit so we were able to easily find parking and drove most places. Cruiser bikes looked to be in good condition but we did not use them. The pool is closed for the winter but the hot tub worked and was well maintained. Garage at the condo was tall enough to accommodate our SUV with topper box and garage opener is included. Property management was by "Empty Spaces Vacation Rental Management." They were very professional and communication was excellent. That part of the experience exceeded a typical "host" for a VRBO. I wish they managed more properties in other locations (they manage some in Crested Butte, Havasu and Grand Mesa). I would absolutely stay at this condo again.
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Kimberly P. Nov 26, 2022

VRBO
This property is located within waking distance to Main street downtown and is just a short drive to all things fun outdoors. It is very clean and has great amenities. Our kids loved the little play area! They felt they had their own special space away from us parents. This property really has all you need for a great vacation!
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Danielle A. Oct 14, 2022

VRBO
This was our first stay in a VRBO and it was exactly what we were hoping it would be. Super quick response from management, very easy process all around. Would definitely stay here again.
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Mark H. Oct 15, 2022

VRBO
We were a group of two families with 4 adults and 3 children (11, 11 and 13). The house is well decorated, very clean and provided comfortable furniture for both relaxing and sleeping. There is also ample parking for up to 4 vehicles (2 car garage + 2 driveway spots). We had two cars, a RZR and trailer all of which we were able to fit at the property. The back patio overlooks a park with several trees which in my opinion is one of the best patio views in the development. Communication with the rental management agency was very clear and made that part of the experience effortless. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend this property.
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James H. Oct 15, 2022

VRBO
Lots of amenities and very welcoming upon arrival. Excellent communications. Thanks!
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Jenna R. Sept 26, 2022

VRBO
We’ve stayed in hotels and condos in Moab and this was our best location yet. The condo is great with enough room for friends and family to all be together and enjoy each other’s company, but with rooms and bathrooms that allow for some downtime. We chose this unit because it was right next to the pool and we had kids with us. Best choice ever. We could be cooking on the grill while the kids (older kids) could swim. The kitchen was very well stocked and there were loads of towels and even games to play. We would come back to this property again for sure.
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Jenny P. Aug 30, 2022

Airbnb
Amazing house! Pool, kids play ground and spa were amazing. House is extremely clean, organized and exactly as shown in pictures.
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Angel G. Aug 21, 2022

Airbnb
Great stay. Communication was great.
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Daisy L. Jul 24, 2022

Airbnb
Awesome stay for our annual family trip! At first glance, it looked small (like the yard and pool etc) but once we got going we found it to be more than enough for our family and we had quite the clan. The pool is great for families with kids because there is a large step/pad on one side where my two year old could walk around and still be in the pool with everyone else. The yard has a fun playground for toddlers, and a nice lounge area where we played games. The house was super clean and comfortable, and great for the family to hang out. Parking galore. Plenty of things we needed like towels and blankets, etc. Great hosts! The location is good too, not far from stores or attractions like the London bridge. Would absolutely stay again if we come back to Havasu!
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Wendy and Ron Sept 18, 2022

VRBO
We absolutely loved this vacation rental! From the minute we walked in we knew it was the place for us. CLEAN and stocked with everything we could possibly need. We have extensive experience with vacation rentals, both managing and renting properties . This property exceeded our expectations and we will be back!
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