Dead Horse – Utah
September 8, 2012 § 1 Comment
Now this place blew me away more than the Grand Canyon! Maybe it’s because we were the only people there apart 2 other couples, whereas usually the case scenario at these beautiful backdrops are the hundreds of tourist snapping away (ok I am one of them too, but you got to love the feeling of being one of few who got to the place)…Or maybe it was just the effect it had on me: in the silence of it all suddenly when you reach the view point you get the feeling of having been thrown into a whole other planet. Earth becomes Mars, one begins to wonder how is there such a gian-ourmous place like this suddenly falling thousand of meters below and more mind twisting thoughts….Its beautifully daunting in its immensity. A definitive must go to place!
The Legend of Dead Horse:
Before the turn of the 19th century, mustang herds ran wild on the mesas near Dead Horse Point. The unique promontory provided a natural corral into which the horses were driven by cowboys. The only escape was through a narrow, 30-yard neck of land controlled by fencing. Mustangs were then roped and broken, with the better ones being kept for personal use or sold to eastern markets. Unwanted culls of “broomtails” were left behind to find their way off the Point.
According to one legend, a band of broomtails was left corralled on the Point. The gate was supposedly left open so the horses could return to the open range. For some unknown reason, the mustangs remained on the Point. There they died of thirst within sight of the Colorado River, 2,000 feet below
Nearest Town: Moab
We Drove from Torrey to Moab it took around 3 hours