Come to Dead Horse Point State Park if you're looking for jaw-dropping desert canyon views without the crowds. Located just 45 minutes outside of Moab, Utah, it is a hidden gem of pure desert beauty and should not be missed!
You'll find the entrance to Dead Horse Point State Park just 33 miles northwest of Moab, Utah, along the road to the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands.
Take US-191 north out of Moab and turn west onto SR-313. Then continue driving past Horsethief Campground and make a left towards Dead Horse Point (signs lead the way).
The park itself is situated on a narrow mesa overlooking the mighty Colorado River, granting you 180-degree views of the winding canyon system below.
Dead Horse Point State Park is open year-round from 6 am until 10 pm, but the best times to visit are certainly during the spring and fall months. Spring and fall boast beautiful, mild weather that's just perfect for exploring Moab.
The summers tend to be very hot and a little more crowded. Winters are another amazing time to visit if you do not mind the cold. If you're lucky, you'll be treated to a view of the canyon dusted in snow. Having visited Dead Horse Point State Park multiple times a year, it's worth the colder temperatures for fewer crowds and a stunning, snowy desert.
Although you can visit Dead Horse Point State Park in just one day, the premier camping gives you a reason to spend the night (or three). Plan on spending at least a day wandering the trails, soaking in the views, or going for a mountain bike ride.
Pro Tip: Your entrance fee is good for 3 consecutive days, so plan accordingly.
To access the park, you'll need to pay $20 per vehicle. Each pass is good for up to three consecutive days. Unlike nearby Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park, you can bring your dog as long as they stay on a leash. Camping and yurt stays require an advance reservation, so be sure to check the fee schedule for the latest park fees.
When it comes to things to do at Dead Horse Point State Park, you have many different choices. With everything from mountain biking trails to picnic spots, to jaw-dropping scenic overlooks it’s almost hard to decide where to start! Here’s a look at a few fun activities to add to your itinerary:
Pro Tip: My favorite place to catch a Dead Horse Point sunset is just to the west of the Dead Horse Point Overlook. There you'll have beautiful views for setting up that perfect photo!
If you want to stay in the heart of the action, book a campsite at either the Kayenta or Wingate Campgrounds. For an extra-special adventure, book a night at one of two yurt systems. Prices vary and advanced reservations are required for both yurt stays and camping at Dead Horse Point .
Book your trip to Dead Horse Point State Park today and take in the awe-inspiring landscapes of southern Utah's best canyon system.