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DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK

Dead Horse Point State Park is a state park of Utah in the United States, featuring a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. It is located about 28 miles (driving distance) southwest of Moab, at the end of a dead-end road on a plateau.
The plateau is surrounded by sheer cliffs 2,000 feet (610 m) high with only a narrow neck of land 30 yards (27 m) wide connecting the mesa to the main plateau.
The park has several overlooks, but the best one is at the end of the road; it sits at the edge of
an airy cliff that plunges hundreds of feet straight down to lower slopes. All around is a
landscape that pays homage to the power of nature: a deep river canyon, mesas, buttes,
valleys, and ridges, all created by the peacefully-flowing Colorado River, 2000 vertical
feet below the park. A gentle trail that follows the rim expands on the view.
The view from Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world. Deposition of sediments by ancient oceans, freshwater lakes, streams and wind blown sand dunes created the rock layers of canyon country. Igneous activity formed the high mountains that rise like cool blue islands from the desert below.

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.

The final scene of Ridley Scott’s 1991 classic, "Thelma & Louise", was filmed on location in Dead Horse Point State Park.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRx4QzEAWQY

Also the opening scene from "Mission Impossible 2" was filmed there
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s5KFbyBmrQ
Dead Horse Point Vista
Dead Horse Point Vista
Dead Horse Point Vista
Dead Horse Point Vista
Me At Dead Horse Point Vista
Me At Dead Horse Point Vista
Dead Horse Point
Dead Horse Point
Dead Horse Point Vista
Dead Horse Point Vista
Dead Horse Point Vista
Dead Horse Point Vista
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point Vista
Dead Horse Point Vista
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point - Eastern Vista
Dead Horse Point - Eastern Vista
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point - Eastern Vista
Dead Horse Point - Eastern Vista
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Ravens At Dead Horse Point
Ravens At Dead Horse Point
Colorado Chipmunk
Colorado Chipmunk
You Wild Colorado
You Wild Colorado