Towering 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, Dead Horse Point state park provides breathtaking views of Canyonlands National Park. The campground is located right in the middle of the peninsula and is not to be missed on a trip through Utah!
Here’s what the camp site looked like after initial setup. Hello mud season in Moab! This sort of weather made me thankful to have a true roof over my head inside a popup camper. It also made me excited for sunrise, as interesting weather usually makes for an interesting sunrise.
I was not disappointed that next morning. Arriving at the official lookout point about 45 minutes before sunrise, I witnessed the entire canyon filled with fog and clouds. I sat there for at least 15 minutes watching nature show off.
As the sun rose above the La Sal mountains, just enough cloud cover had dissipated to allow some of the towering landscape to poke through. This was truly an amazing sight.
After breakfast with the family, I brought them back with me to witness the clearing clouds unveiling the amazing canyons of the Colorado river. It was like slowly pulling back the curtain for the final reveal.
The cold and cloudy weather continued for most of the day, which disappointed my wife, but readied me for an equally exciting sunset.
Sunset at the overlook point did not disappoint! Another storm rolled in and made for some very dramatic skies. Just before the sun disappeared, it lit up what looked like a wall of fire along the horizon. Quite a spectacular sight!
The next morning was finally sunny so we took the kids up to the overlook for a clear view of the canyons.
There is a nice, mostly paved trail around the point that connects with the parking lot and a nice bathroom facility. You can get off the official trail in several areas to climb up rock like this. There are also several covered picnic table areas for day use.
Just up the road from the overlook point is the visitors center. The facility is pretty nice for a small state park. Both of our kids got their “Junior Ranger” badge, similar to what is offered for children at national parks.
Several great mountain biking trails branch off from the visitor center parking lot, ranging from easy to advanced. Our four and six year old had no problem navigating the Intrepid (shown above) and Raven Roll trails. See this map of all Dead Horse Point state park mountain biking trails to plan your biking route.
The views along these trails are simply spectacular, following the canyon’s edge for most of the journey. Hikers are also welcome.
With the sky finally clear, you can get a better sense of the typical view from the Dead Horse Point state park campground. This isn’t our popup or site, but I will make sure and grab this view next time!
The campground itself is very quiet, probably because you have to reserve a spot well in advance (6 months). This keeps the last minute party camping crowd out. Most spots are long enough to get into with a popup camper. Some are pull through while a few would be a bit short for a longer popup and tow vehicle like ours. Each site comes with a covered picnic table, a charcoal grilling setup, electric hookups (which we didn’t and never use), and coming soon: fire pits at each site (they were marking for them while we camped there)!
Extremely clean restrooms with flush toilets are located halfway through the loop. A water spigot is available near the restrooms, but all RVs, even popup campers, should fill up before coming into the campground as this water must be trucked in and should be conserved.
While no showers exist at the Dead Horse Point state park campground, there are several campgrounds, bike shops, and other locations with showering facilities. See the “Where to Get a Shower” page on discovermoab.com. We highly recommend the Rec/Aquatic Center – which allows a family up to 6 people to swim and shower for only $20 (flat fee).
See also my photography post “Wall of Fire at Dead Horse Point” for a panoramic image of sunset in the canyon during a springtime storm.