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Dead Horse Point Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

4.0 mile 6.4 kilometer point to point
98% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 272' 83 m
Descent: -253' -77 m
High: 6,006' 1,831 m
Low: 5,864' 1,787 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by Justin S.

Dead Horse Point State Park is located high on the rim of the Colorado River Canyon.

Justin S.

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Easy trail to run, be careful of loose rocks near the rim's edge.

Description

If you are looking to run in some of the most scenic country the Moab area has to offer, Dead Horse Point State Park is an excellent choice. This is a small park, but definitely worth the trip. The park is well kept and offers beautiful sunrises and sunsets should you find yourself here early in the morning or during the evening.

The history of Dead Horse Point states that around the turn of the 20th century, the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming the mesa top. Cowboys herded them across the narrow area of land and onto the point. The area was then fenced off with branches and brush. It is said that horses were once corralled into the area without water and left to die within view of the Colorado river below, hence the name Dead Horse Point.

As you begin your run, you'll hug the cliffs above, weaving in and out of different sections. Halfway through the trail, you'll be able to see the Colorado River below as it meanders through the canyon. During the last half of the trail, you can see the Moab valley below and take in some of the most amazing sights the area offers.

Flora & Fauna

Keep an eye out for the occasional lizard or tarantula.

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Jun 16, 2019
Chelsea Myntti
4.6mi — 1h 00m
Oct 12, 2018
Tim Oberholzer
$20 fee to enter the park. The East and West Rim Trails are foot traffic only. Spectacular views, even on an overcast day. 5.3mi
May 13, 2018
JonathanC

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  4.4 from 14 votes

#636

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Trail Rankings

#51

in Utah

#636

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Photos

Sunset in Moab
May 5, 2015 near Moab, UT
Can you see dead horse ?
Sep 7, 2017 near Moab, UT
Afternoon view from the Dead Horse Point Trail
May 5, 2015 near Moab, UT
Colorado River passing through the valley
May 5, 2015 near Moab, UT
Panoramic of the valley
May 5, 2015 near Moab, UT
What a view!
May 5, 2015 near Moab, UT

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