Dead Horse Point State Park

Our next stop for the day was Dead Horse State Park. Here is the legend of Dead Horse Point taken from Utah.com

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The Legend Of Dead Horse Point

Before the turn of the 19th century, mustang herds ran wild on the mesas near Dead Horse Point. The unique promontory provided a natural corral into which the horses were driven by cowboys. The only escape was through a narrow, 30-yard neck of land controlled by fencing. Mustangs were then roped and broken, with the better ones being kept for personal use or sold to eastern markets. Unwanted culls of “broomtails” were left behind to find their way off the Point.

According to one legend, a band of broomtails was left corralled on the Point. The gate was supposedly left open so the horses could return to the open range. For some unknown reason, the mustangs remained on the Point. There they died of thirst within sight of the Colorado River, 2,000 feet below.

Today, Dead Horse Point provides a beautiful mesa where you can look for miles into Canyonlands National Park or 2,000 feet down to the Colorado River. There are a few short hikes around the edge of the mesa with stunning views into the deep canyons. The Intrepid Trail System offers 16.6 miles of hiking and biking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. The easiest and shortest loop is Intrepid, and Twisted Tree is the most challenging. The trails offer opportunities for visitors of all ages and abilities, and provide breathtaking views.

This park had amazing views and some gut-wrenching cliffs that I didn’t dare go too close to, but Bryce and Kevin did! My heart stopped quite a few times as I yelled out, “Please come back over here where it’s safe!”

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This sign explains the evaporation pools you see in the distance. It’s the Potash Mine. If you want to read more about what these ponds do, click here.
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This is Dead Horse Point. Can you see that outcropping of land surrounded by the Colorado River? That flat part is where the horses were corralled.
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Watching Kevin climb up on this rock was one of those heart-stopping moments, but he wanted a better view to take pictures from.
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Here’s me up near the piece they were sitting on. See the clump on my left? That’s what Kevin and Bryce was sitting on.
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Here’s another heart-stopping moment. That edge you see near his feet? That’s a drop off the canyon below. It scares me to death when he gets this close to the edge!

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