Dead Horse Point State Park is just outside of Moab, Utah. The state park is adjacent to Canyonlands National Park and pretty close to Arches National Park, so if you are making a trip to Moab or through Utah’s Big 5, then Dead Horse Point is worth a day trip.
Dead Horse Point seems to be most popular among mountain bikers who can ride any number of trails around the canyon rim.
We took our bikes with us into the park, but once we saw the high end mountain bikes that people were prepping in the parking lot, we knew we were likely not biking very far on our 7-speed urban cruisers.
We attempted to ride the easiest of the trails, but we were turned back because the riding was too rough.
Our main enjoyment from Dead Horse Point came from exploring the popular vistas on the outer edge of the canyon rim above the Colorado River.
We walked along the canyon rim, snapping photos of one another braving the edge, and once we tired of the photos we let the kids climb around on the rocks.
Though I’m sure the park has more to offer than the views, we found the views alone were worth the day trip to Dead Horse Point.
Getting the views from Dead Horse Point also meant that we could shake things up the next day, when we visited Canyonlands National Park and decided to drive off-road through Canyonlands on the Shafer Road, passing right underneath Dead Horse Point.
Here are our photos from Dead Horse Point: