Dead Horse Point, Dying within Sight of Water (Utah)

September 23. Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah

Dead Horse Point gets its name from a horse that died within sight of water, unable to reach it.

Enroute to the state park we passed two ship-shaped buttes ‘Moniter’ and ‘Merrimac’, floating in a dry desert ‘sea’. 
Monitor and Merrimac ButtesWe admired Dead Horse Point in the early morning light, which for us was at 8:45. Dead Horse Point State Park, UtahDesert plant life is a wonder as to how it survives with so little water; the varied structures it uses to do so are fascinating. Desert plant life at Dead Horse Point, a State Park in UtahThis state park overlooks the snaky green Colorado River. This is the massive flow of water that the ‘dead horse’ saw but was unable to reach.View of the Colorado River from Dead Horse Point, a State Park in UtahIt is amazingly dry out there, and the horse’s death should have been taken as a warning to us as we were planning to hike in this parched country. (In fact, shortly after this we received a brochure entitled ‘Don’t Die Out There!’ from the Ranger Station in Paria.)View from Dead Horse Point, a State Park in UtahThis is our ‘early’ morning view. From here we raced on to Canyonlands to try and catch the sort-of early morning light there.Dead Horse Point State Park in UtahAfter exploring Canyonlands for most of the day we came back to Dead Horse Point, this time hoping to catch the late afternoon light. Dead Horse Point State Park in UtahDead Horse Point State Park is in the state of Utah. We stayed in Moab and drove the scenic route through Dead Horse Point on our way to the north entrance of Canyonlands National Park.Map of Canyonlands National ParkMore of Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge: Water.

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