Explore the incredible canyon views along the meandering Dead Horse Point Trail. This trail stretches along the sides of Dead Horse Point with plenty of options for side excursions. The Dead Horse Point Trail, or commonly called the Dead Horse Rim Loop Trail stops at four unique overlooks and the Visitor Center.
When you plan a trip to Dead Horse Point State Park, you’ll certainly want to add some time for hiking the canyon rim. To access the park, head north out of Moab and turn onto SR-313. Follow the signs for Dead Horse Point State Park. You’ll need to pay the $20 entrance fee in order to access the park, but your pass is good for 3 consecutive days.
The best hiking trail in the park is the Dead Horse Point Trail. This easy hiking trail gently rolls along the rim of the canyon, giving you a stunning aerial view of the Colorado River and canyons below.
Start your 5-mile hike from the famous Dead Horse Point Overlook. With only 908 feet of elevation gain, this trail is suitable for all abilities. Make your way along the east rim to the west rim of the mesa in order to catch a glimpse of this stunning landscape from all sides.
Dogs are allowed to hike the Dead Horse Point Trail as long as they are kept on a leash. Keep in mind, if you’re mountain biking the Intrepid Trail system, no dogs are allowed.
The hike around the Dead Horse Point Trail takes around 2 ½ hours to complete, not including photo stops. Be sure to stay on the marked trail and watch out for the canyon’s edge. Most of the hike works its way along the rim, stopping at the Dead Horse Point Overlook, Basin Overlook, Rim Overlook, and Shafer Canyon Overlook.
Plan your visit during sunrise or sunset and take advantage of the gorgeous light. Pack your camera and a picnic for this hike. You’ll find yourself stopping often to snap photos and soak in the views. There are a couple of picnic areas near Dead Horse Point Overlook that are the perfect place for a post-hike snack.
Pro Tip: Dead Horse Point Overlook can get crowded. The further you hike away from the overlook, the more secluded views you’ll have all to yourself.
Bikes are also allowed to use the Dead Horse Point Trail. This 5-mile bike ride is suitable for families with children. If you’re looking for a bit more mileage on the singletrack, continue your journey on the Intrepid Trail System that weaves its way around the northern section of the park.
Whether you hike or bike, be sure to check out the beautiful views along the Dead Horse Point Trail. As one of the best hikes in all of Moab, you’ll want to put this stop on your bucket list.