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Set against the backdrop of a harsh and dramatic landscape, Dead Horse Point State Park offers some of the most unique and memorable scenery on offer anywhere in the United States. Located 45 minutes southwest of Moab in southeastern Utah, this 5,362-acre high desert park sits some 2,000 feet above the Colorado River.
It features imposing cliffs, vibrant colors, and fascinating geological formations, as well as excellent hiking and mountain biking trails. Best of all, the park offers two RV campgrounds and is generally much quieter than nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
Let's take a closer look at what there is to see and do in Dead Horse Point State Park, and where you should set up camp in your RV.
The best-known feature of Dead Horse Point State Park is the view. The much-photographed vista from this scenic outlook is easily recognizable, but you really need to see it for yourself to fully comprehend the beauty of it.
The view from the Dead Horse Point Overlook takes in a gooseneck in the Colorado River some 2,000 feet below, as well as the surrounding canyons, buttes, mountains, and colorful cliffs. It's a truly remarkable sight, so you'll want to spend a while just trying to take it all in and no doubt snapping several photos as well.
With that done, you can then start exploring the park, and you'll probably want to set out on foot. There are roughly seven miles of trails that wind their way around the mesa rim, leading hikers and amateur photographers to eight different overlooks.
All trails are easy — but please be aware they can be slippery at times — and leashed dogs are welcome on each trail. For a quick and informative walk, the Visitor Center Nature Trail runs for an eighth of a mile and offers memorable views of Chimney Rock and the La Sal Mountains. Plaques along the way tell you about the native flora.
The longest hike on offer is the West Rim Trail System, which follows the cliffs along the park's western edge. It's a two-and-a-half-mile journey one way, but adding on detours to the Meander, Shafer, and Rim Overlooks will add another mile to your route.
Mountain bikers are also well catered for with the Intrepid Trail System. This 16.6-mile network of single-track trails winds its way through mixed terrain, providing a challenging and scenic workout for two-wheeled travelers.
Want to camp in an RV at Dead Horse Point State Park? Book an RV in San Juan County and then find a place to stay the night in one of the following campgrounds:
When you've finished seeing and doing everything you desire in Dead Horse Point State Park, hit the road to see what other attractions you can find nearby. You're spoiled for choice in this part of the country, with national parks, monuments, and recreation areas seemingly everywhere you look.
If you want to keep the astonishing natural scenery coming, Canyonlands National Park, home to the Island in the Sky and many other fascinating geological features, is right next door. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, a 176,000-acre area that protects more than 6,000 important archeological sites, is around two and a half hours southeast.
Of course, if you'd prefer to head towards civilization, you can be in Salt Lake City in a little more than four hours. While you're there, make sure you take the time to wander through the beautiful Red Butte Garden, which is open all year round.
In fact, no matter what time of year you visit, you'll find plenty to see and do in and around Dead Horse Point State Park, so find yourself the perfect rental RV and start planning your next vacation.