Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Photograph by Steven Snideman


It was a rainy and cold day at Dead Horse Point State Park, southwest of Moab, Utah; the rain had just stopped, so I walked over to the edge to get this picture. I was standing about 3 feet from the edge which is 2000 feet below.

Mustang herds ran wild on the mesas near Dead Horse Point prior to the turn of the 19th century. The towering promontory that rises 2000 feet above the Colorado River made a natural corral into which the horses could be driven by cowboys. The better mustangs were kept by the cowboys or sold at market.

One legend that gave this location its name tells of a band of unwanted mustangs that was left behind on the point. The gate in the 30 yard line of fencing that kept the horses in their corral was left open to allow them to return to freedom, but for some reason the mustangs stayed on the Point, dying of thirst.

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