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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.

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Guest Reviews

Carlos S. Apr 24, 2022

Airbnb
Beautiful, clean home with perfect location. Everything was 5 minutes away. The master bedroom bed was very comfortable. Communication was incredibly prompt. The blender was broken and after letting the hosts know, they had it replaced within the hour without even being asked, which was super appreciated. We highly recommend!

James L Feb 9, 2022

VRBO
We had a blast! Totally exceeded expectations! This property is really a big “compound” with two houses. Super clean, comfortable and spacious. It has a luxury resort feel, which made for an incredibly relaxing weekend even with a really large group. There are so many places to sit and relax with the group or on your own. Coolest amenities we liked were: **The pool and hot tub - pool has a waterfall plus it was heated and big enough for our large group. Gorgeous place for a night time swim. **Movie & Game Room - loved the movie-size projection screen. Great for watching football while playing pool, air hockey, etc **The private electric gate - has a door opener and gate that lets you drive several cars right up to the doors in between the two houses plus 2 garage parking spots. Very convenient for unloading and for securely parking a boat trailer or RV. This house was immaculate and well taken care of. Definitely coming back next time we’re in Havasu. Highly recommended!

Nicholas H Jan 11, 2022

Airbnb • Entrada 602
We have stayed in Airbnb’s all over the world! We really loved this one. I think it’s well rounded and precisely what anyone needs; whether that is for large groups, couples, romantic, homey, open, cozy, functional etc. it’s a bit off town so perfect for quiet and calm. We did hear neighbors a few times, it was never at night. We slept well, there are many beds to choose from certainly. Laundry room is accessible and convenient to bedrooms. Decorating is lovely and charming. Kitchen is great, and stocked for anything you’d like to cook basically. It is clean and very well kept… NO SHOES! Remember that rule! It’s why we rented… It should be a rule anywhere. The national parks are all within driving distance and often quite dirty. This is an excellent rental and we would stay here over and over. I have rarely felt as such for other locations or home. Thanks

Russ P Dec 01, 2021

VRBO • Entrada 602
This is a sweet property in a cool little subdivision. Perfect for groups 5-10 people who need a place to stay while enjoying Moab

Dan P Nov 28, 2021

VRBO • Earhart
Outstanding location - hiking, fishing, a short distance from the house and great small town shopping opportunities. Well equipped home, nothing lacking in terms of kitchen items, bathing needs, and hot tub. beautiful vistas from most rooms in the house. Our family enjoyed our stay immensely.

Sara C Nov 28, 2021

VRBO • Entrada 619
We had a terrific time at the property. Everything was like new! Great amenities and the booster chair and pack-n-play were perfect for my 2 year old.

Jamee M Nov 25, 2021

Airbnb • Entrada 417
We really enjoyed our stay at this home. Very clean and spacious. Well stocked with kitchen essentials and then some. Had a good variety of games to play, and for the little kids they had blocks and a little play area under the stairs. Communication was great, didn’t have any issues. Will definitely stay again!

Scott A Nov 22, 2021

VRBO • Entrada 421/425/429
Rented three units. We had a total of 14 people. The three units gave everyone privacy when needed and allowed for easy gatherings and meals together. Everyone in the party loves the places and would rent again! Location is great and the units themselves were awesome! Very clean, spacious and well stocked. We had no issues at all. Main activities for the week were mountain biking, hiking, 4-wheeling and sight seeing. I highly recommend these rentals!!

Jeanette A Nov 21, 2021

Airbnb • Entrada 602
We loved our stay. Fully stocked and spacious enough for our huge group. Super clean and has everything you would need for your stay I really recommend this home.

Basil Y Nov 14, 2021

Airbnb • Entrada 620
Really beautiful property here, smells new. Nice finishes and very comfortable furniture. Close to everything in town and a stones throw from the trails. Can’t wait to return!
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