Dead Horse State Park, Utah: Dead Horse is not located in either Arches or Canyonlands, so why are we leading with photos from this small state Park and not it's larger Federal siblings? Quite simply we feel this area epitomizes our view of the Southwest, wide open spaces with tons of color and character. Dead Horse is located on a pennisula that jutes out into, and provides a panorama view of the canyons carved by the Colorado River. This peninsula, 2000 feet above the Colorado River, was used regularly in the 1800's to corral and capture horses behind a 50 ft. fence at the neck of the formation. As the story goes a large number of horses were caught but for some reason left in the enclosure, where they died of thirst and the elements. As beautiful as it is, this is a desolate and truly unforgiving land. Being the hardy and intrepid explorers we are we hopped back into our SUV with heated seats and traveled in one hour what would have taken early pioneers several days to traverse.
Arches & Canyonlands