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22-MAR-2013 Jola Dziubinska

Dead Horse Point Vista

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Dead Horse Point is located 2,000 feet above a gooseneck of the Colorado River.
It features a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park.

The Legend of Dead Horse Point
Dead Horse Point is a peninsula of rock atop sheer sandstone cliffs. The peninsula is connected to the mesa by a narrow strip of land called the neck. There are many stories about how this high promontory of land received its name.
According to one legend, around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming the mesa top. Cowboys rounded up these horses, herded them across the narrow neck of land and onto the point. The neck, which is only 30-yards-wide, was then fenced off with branches and brush. This created a natural corral surrounded by precipitous cliffs straight down on all sides, affording no escape. Cowboys then chose the horses they wanted and let the culls or broomtails go free. One time, for some unknown reason, horses were left corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst within view of the Colorado River, 2,000 feet below.

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Aivar Mikko29-Oct-2019 07:50
Amazing viewpoint, nice shot!
MarcViskens15-Jun-2013 11:30
very nice Jola
love it
Martin Wenzel04-Jun-2013 15:41
Beautiful image, Jola!
Robert Ballard03-Jun-2013 00:27
I've always hoped to visit this spot some year.
Thanks for the history lesson.
William Barletta29-May-2013 18:14
A very dramatic view. What a treat to see.
John Hamers29-May-2013 17:19
Beautiful composed image, wonderful layerin in these rock formations !!V
Ken Duckert20-May-2013 12:36
Perfectly composed. Superb detail!
Stephanie18-May-2013 11:26
Oh wow! This is beautiful! VV
woody3418-May-2013 02:00
Amazing landforms in this great panorama...thanks for the background info...V
Guest 18-May-2013 00:42
Nicely done. Best J
Will Hoskins17-May-2013 23:56
Great capture, Jola. I think I may have been standing in exactly the same spot last May. Fine work. Will
waterfalls man17-May-2013 23:35
Excellent Shot V!!
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