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Best trails in Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

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Looking for a great trail in Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Dead Horse Point State Park ranging from 1 to 3 miles and from 5,912 to 5,971 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Dead Horse Point State Park will leave visitors breathless of the 2,000-foot mesa overlooking the Colorado River and vertical cliffs and red-rock canyon formations carved by millions of years. The rock layers were created by ancient oceans, lakes, streams and sand dunes. Dead Horse Point is a peninsula or rock on top of a sandstone cliff connected by a narrow strip of land called the neck. Legend goes that the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs. The cowboys would round up the horses to the point. One day, the horses were left on the point and died of thirst above the Colorado River. The plants and animals in the area have adapted to the scarcity of water and extreme temperatures of the desert environment. Most of the animals are nocturnal and plants grow slowly here. What will you explore and find at Dead Horse Point?

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Map of trails in Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
Park information
Acreage:
5,362 acres
Park hours
Monday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Contact
(435) 259-2614
Top trails (10)
#1 - Dead Horse Rim Loop Trail
Dead Horse Point State Park
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
Dead Horse Point State Park is located high on the rim of the Colorado River Canyon, north west of Moab, UT. It offers some of the most spectacular views in the Moab area. There is an excellent hiking/mountain biking loop trail that follows the canyon rim, for more great views. If you are looking to recreate in some of the most scenic country the Moab area has to offer, Dead Horse Point State Park is an excellent choice. Whether mountain biking the Intrepid Trail system (No Dogs Allowed), hiking along the rim trails (Dogs allowed) or just driving to the main overlook, the views are sure to please you.Show more
#2 - Dead Horse Point State Park Short Loop Trail
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 39 m
#3 - Big Horn Overlook Trail
Dead Horse Point State Park
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
#4 - Intrepid Trail: Big Chief Loop
Dead Horse Point State Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
The Intrepid Trail System is a series of 3 loops in Dead Horse Point State Park. The Big Chief Loop is the longest and most technical of them. It offers amazing views and is some of the easiest mountain biking in the Moab area, though it is just technical enough to keep advanced riders interested.Show more
#5 - Colorado River Overlook Trail
Dead Horse Point State Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 34 m
#6 - Great Pyramid Loop Trail
Dead Horse Point State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
#7 - Amasa Back and Cliffhanger Trail
Dead Horse Point State Park
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 23 m
#8 - Dead Horse Point Tour
Dead Horse Point State Park
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 5 h 45 m
#9 - Dead Horse Visitors Center Loop
Dead Horse Point State Park
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 6 m
Great stop for the visitors center and to all the photo points. There are some great views of the canyon and the large Solar Evaporation Ponds in the background.Show more
#10 - Poison Spider Mesa to Portal Trail
Dead Horse Point State Park
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Length: 9.8 mi
This Trail is technically not too bad, but physically it will tear you apart. The Poison Spider Mesa is pretty remote, and should not be taken lightly. The views are stunning, and the Portal section is just plain mental, any error on this section will definitely have severe consequences and even death. If you have any reservations about the Portal Trail, just do the ride as an Out and Back making the Portal the turn around point. This ride does not come easy. Chicken heads, Baby heads, 2 feet high dragons teeth, ankle deep sand, mental singletrack and 600 ft sheer drops will try and get you to hate this trail. There is absolutely no point at all trying to beat a world record on this trail, it just wont happen. Put your steed into granny gear, put a smile on your chops and just enjoy the scenery, and before you know it, 4 hours later you will be back where you started, and you will still have that big smile on your face.Show more