Arches National Park
Towering 2,000 feet directly above the Colorado River you will view the mesa that is Dead Horse Point and breathtaking views of the canyon country of southeastern Utah and the pinnacles and buttes of Canyonlands National Park. The Legend of Dead Horse Point is that cowboys corralled wild mustangs on the Point, then chose the horses they wanted. But at one time, for some unknown reason, horses were left corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst. Let's hope that the legend is more myth than fact. One fact is true, Dead Horse Point State Park offers a drop-dead gorgeous view of the Colorado River and the eons old canyons carved from the sandstone rock.
ABOUT DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK
The plants and animals of Dead Horse Point have adapted to a land of scare water and extreme temperatures. Plants grow very slowly here. Trees 15 feet tall may be hundreds of years old. Leaves of most plants are small and some have a waxy coating to reduce evaporation. Most desert animals are nocturnal, active only during cooler evenings and mornings. Some have large ears to dissipate heat, while others metabolize water from food.
The Legend of Dead Horse Point
Acres - 5,362
Park Hours: 6 a.m.
to 10 p.m.
Location: Nine miles northwest of Moab on US 191 and then 23 miles southwest on Utah 313 to the end of the highway.
GENERAL PARK RULES
Please observe the following park regulations to ensure everyone's visit is pleasant.
Camping - Camp only in designated areas.
Fires - Campfires may be built in specified areas only and gathering firewood is prohibited.
Pets - Pets are allowed in Utah state parks, but must be on a maximum six-foot leash. Service animals are the only animals admitted in park buildings. For safety and courtesy, please keep pets under control and clean up after them.
Bicycles - Bicycling is permitted on established public roads and in parking areas.
Off-highway vehicles - Off-highway vehicle riding is permitted in some parks. For designated areas contact a park ranger.
Parking - Park only in designated parking areas.
Plants and animals - All plants, animals, minerals and other natural features in state parks are protected. It is unlawful to remove, alter or destroy them.
Fireworks - Fireworks or firecrackers are prohibited in state parks.
Firearms - Possession or use of firearms, traps or other devices capable of launching a projectile that can immobilize, injure or kill a person or animal, or damage property is prohibited unless the weapon or device is 1) unloaded and packed away to prevent its use, 2) being used by authorized enforcement officers in the performance of official duties.
Speed limit - The speed limit within all park areas is 15 m.p.h.
Waste water - It is unlawful to dump or to drain water from campers or trailers onto the ground. A sanitary disposal station is provided for registered campers.
Quiet hours - 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Accidents - Please report accidents or suspicious activities to a ranger.
Permits - A Special Use Permit is required for all
special events and commercial or professional filming and photography.