Sunday, July 31, 2016

Utah - Dead Horse Point



Location




Description

Dead horse point is a park that is located near Canyonlands.  This park is mostly setup with bicycle paths and 4 wheel drive roads.  There is one spectacular lookout area that you can drive to and see a breath-taking view of the canyons.  There is only one road in this park for cars (highway 313), and there are a couple of pull-offs that occur at the end of the road.  A parking lot forms the end of the main road with a very wide lookout point (as well as some rest-rooms).

The entrance fee for this park (which is not covered by the national parks pass) was $10 when we visited on July 7th, 2016.  We stopped at this park because the drive was on the way to Canyonlands and we saw pictures on the Internet of the lookouts.  So I'll let the pictures do the talking here as well.

Here is the first pull-off that we stopped at:


There's a path that leads out over the cliff:

  

Across the street is the other side of the canyon.  The first thing I noticed was a couple of bright blue lakes.  We had no idea what those were until we got back to the hotel and looked up the information on Google.


These are called potash evaporation ponds.  This is a method of collecting potassium.  Here's a really good articles on these ponds: An electric-blue oasis in the desert: Evaporation pools look like streaks of paint daubed across the barren Utah landscape 


On to the final lookout point:


Here's a view of the parking and viewing area.  This is one side of the loop.  The path leads all the way around to the right.


There's a car down there...





Some of these views may look familiar if you've seen pictures of Canyonlands.  That's because some of the Canyonland lookouts are on the other side of this canyon.