After a day exploring Arches National Park, we drove the 45 minutes or so to Dead Horse State Park. As you drive out of Moab, you start heading up and up until you’re on top of the mesa, with glimpses of the canyon to your left.
We stopped at the visitor center to have a look around ; it’s small, but there’s a cute gift shop and some interesting panels explaining the area.
We decided to hike the short and easy 1.5 mile East Rim Trail down to Dead Horse Point. This gave some great views, especially if you add on the half mile spur down to Basin Overlook. Dad drove down and met us at the Point.
The bright blue lakes in the background are evaporation ponds for salt. The neck just before you reach the end of the road is how Dead Horse got its name!
So the story goes, wild horses were corralled there and the best ones taken to be tamed and sold. Apparently some of the ‘leftovers’ were left corralled and died of thirst, all in view of the Colorado River unreachable below them.
There are some beautiful viewpoints here of the ravines and river.
It would be well worth hiking more of the rim (the West Rim Trail) – we left this for another visit.