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Dead Horse Rim Loop Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Moab, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 908 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Partially paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No shade

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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.

The parking lot at the visitor center will hold about 80 cars and two buses. The parking lot at Dead Horse Point is much smaller and also has two bus parking areas. You will also find superb picnic sites on Dead Horse Point.

http://www.stateparks.utah.gov/park/dead-horse-point-state-park visitor center (435) 259-2614 PO Box 609, Moab UT 84532

From State Highway 191 turn onto State Road 313 headed to Dead Horse Point State Park. Follow 313 to the top of the mesa. On the top, 313 will turn east headed into the park. The road is paved and in good condition all the way to the end on Dead Horse Point.

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Adam Jones
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HikingNo shade

Great views, especially along the east rim. West rim is more strenuous but worth doing. Definitely a fun hike if you’re in the Moab area

Bob Kane
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Hiking

Amazing views, easy hike, mostly flat. Trail is fairly easy to follow with the carins. Not sure I'd do it again though if given the opportunity, most of the viewpoints are easily accessed with a vehicle, and a good portion of the hike is near the road. If I had plenty of time in the Moab area sure. But if not, I'd rather drive to these viewpoints, and save the hiking for scenery inaccessible by vehicles.

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Olivia Stepp
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Hiked this yesterday, it was beautiful. Well marked paths, just follow the cairns and sometimes paint on rocks. The west rim is definitely more scenic than the east, completed the entire loop in a leisurely 3 hrs. Very little shade, bring lots of water.

Taylor Evans
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HikingNo shade

Started early because of heat but still got to hot. Maybe would be better at sunset.

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Scott Johnson
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Easier than I expected. Well worth the drive from MOAB.

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Jeff McMullin
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Incredible views. Start early since there is no shade. Mostly flat, easy for kids. Look for the rock carins if you get off the trail. This is a must if you’re in the Moab area.

Elena Misail
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Erin Kaplan
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HikingNo shade

Great hike. Not too many people except for at the viewpoints. There is no shade so try to go early and bring lots of water. Beautiful lookouts all along the trail. We took other people’s recommendation and started with the West Trail and that was definitely a good call. Highly recommend. The trail is almost entirely flat so even though the distance is a little longer than my almost 5-year-old is accustomed to there was almost no elevation change he did it no problem.

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Rachel Clausen
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Jared Corbett
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Hiking

Great hike, but best to start early to avoid the crowds and heat. Lots of side trails to overlooks, I'd reccomend taking a few. Trail can be hard to follow, but generally well-marked with cairns. The views are stunning all along.

Anna Ehrgott
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Shilo Cavalcanti
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Hiking

We did this on 5/30. Tried to get an early start but still boiling hot by the time we were finishing. I was under the impression that the East Rim was more scenic than the West Rim, so we finished with the East. However, we found West super fun with all the lookouts and enjoyed that part. This was a bit too much for our dog with the heat and the hot ground. would recommend doing in a cooler day/time of the year.

Joseph Vashaw
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Erika S.
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. The trail isn’t super well marked but doable.

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Scott Nolan
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Hiking

This is a very underrated place to visit near Moab, Utah. It seems to be overshadowed by Arches and Canyonlands national parks. But Dead Horse has stunning views! It’s like a mini Grand Canyon. This is an easy 5 mile hike that can be turned into 7 or 8 if you get out to all the overlooks and get off trail just a bit. We started at 7 am and there were only 2 other vehicles in the lot at Dead Horse Point. From there we hiked the west rim first because the sun was hitting the canyon side opposite of the west rim for great views. By the time we hiked the East rim the sun had come up enough to get good pictures and video looking East. Gets busy near the parking areas by mid morning, but just beat the crowds by getting started early and it is very enjoyable and gives enough solitude. For a video of this hike, visit the following link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M3IAvK6tCfc or go to “Nolan Ventures” on YouTube. Happy trails!

Travis Brewer
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HikingBugs

Beautiful views. Not many people on the trail. However, the trail passes a couple of busy overlooks that were somewhat crowded. Bring bug spray (w deet)! Small bugs (gnats?) swarm whenever one stops for nor than a minute or two.

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A LR
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Hiking

I can’t believe this state park isn’t talked about more. I guess Canyonlands and Arches overshadow it, but wow. The views are amazing. Easy trail.

Elise Fields
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HikingNo shade

Lovely views. Walking adjacent to the main road at points. Not crowded.

Blake Eliason
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HikingNo shade

Great hike! Loved all 5 miles of it. Breathtaking views pretty much the entire time. The smallest I have ever felt is looking out at the canyon from the point. The horizon is endless. Beautiful red rocks and cacti and shrubs all the way through.

Brian Eliason
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really fun hike. although the park was vey crowded, between overlooks and the main trail, it felt like we had the place to ourselves.

Madeleine Eliason
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Beautiful views!

Lillia Grupe
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Hiking

Breathtaking views for an easy hike. You can make this hike as short or long as you want to, as there are multiple places to park and also multiple viewpoints .25+ miles off the trail. I parked at the visitor center and went East to West, as well as checked out the Shafer Canyon Overlook and one other one. Probably hiked around 6 miles total. What a day!

Oleg Boyko
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Hiking

Pretty easy trail with amazing views! Lots of sun, definitely bring sun screen. Half way around the loop there is a view point you can actually drive up. There are tables and a shaded area. Pretty easy to get loose the trail, glad we mapped it.

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Jessica Nutter
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Hiking

Beautiful. We went East to West but wish we went West to East. The west side was not as scenic and very hot by the time we walked through. Many awesome spots to take cool pictures. Clean bathrooms at the Point.

K R
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Alex Ravenscroft
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We spent the majority of our time bouldering and admiring The incredible views. Wear something with ankle support and pack a picnic!

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