Dead Horse Point State Park

AUGUST 2006

This is a Utah State Park near Moab.  The unusual name comes from the practice followed by wild horse hunters.  At one place the point is only about 50 yards wide and  could easily be closed off with a fence. They would drive the wild horses onto the point and cull the herd for those that were worth selling.  Afterwards, the gate would be left open and the remaining horses were free to leave.  Apparently, one time someone forgot to leave the gate open and a number of horses were left trapped on the point without food or water.

It is a small park with just one viewpoint, but do not miss it if you are anywhere in the area.  I believe it is the most spectacular view I have ever seen anywhere we have traveled.  These pictures are a pale view of a most impressive scene.