Dead Horse Point State Park is located on a branching arm of a high mesa that overlooks the Colorado River, Kane Creek Anticline, the potash ponds and Canyonlands National Park. Thelma & Louise Point is located directly below Dead Horse Point and there are several other famous landmarks that can be seen from this high vantage point. There are several roadside scenic overlooks that are easy access in this park, but these popular spots can be crowded, especially during the summer season. For those who seek more elbow room when taking in the majestic views, hiking either of the two rim trails will be the best option. The East Rim Trail is a good choice for a start, because the trailhead is located next to the visitor center and the trek is less than two miles long.
The East Rim Trail runs along the edge of the towering cliffs all the way to the end of Dead Horse Point, where the main overlook can be found. The first section of this trail is very easy going and there is a comfortable buffer distance between the trail and the edge of the cliff, so the scary moments will be minimal. There are several good overlook areas along the way that offer great photo opportunities and the pocket cave riddled mesa top landscape is as interesting as can be. Toward the end of the trail the Dead Horse Point roadside overlook comes into view. Near the point is a large picnic area with facilities and this is a nice spot for taking a break before tackling the West Rim Trail System, which is a bit more extensive.
There are very few hiking trails in the Moab region of Utah that are as easy as taking a walk in a park, yet the East Rim Trail definitely fits this bill of fare. This is a nice easy going trail that goes over fairly level ground. The East Rim Trail offers magnificent views, especially toward the end at Dead Horse Point. There are several unique landmarks to see in the Canyonlands landscape and the views of the winding Colorado River way down below are what dreams are made of, so be sure to bring a good camera along for this short trek!
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