Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Ammon Cunningham finds a likable Dead Horse in Utah

Blogger and avid traveler Ammon Cunningham consistently searches for destinations to share with others that they can thoroughly enjoy -- places occasionally off the beaten path, including across his home state of Utah. One such location is Dead Horse Point State Park, a spot with an usual name, but with intense beauty and plenty of possibilities for the recreationally minded.

Covering 5,600 acres, Dead Horse State Park sits in the state’s eastern part, overlooking the Colorado River as well as Canyonlands National Park. Its dramatic elevation of 5,900 feet atop a cliff makes it a spectacular view of Utah’s expanse. Additionally, it also made this park an ideal location for the final scene of Thelma and Louise as the pair gaze over the Grand Canyon in the film.

Dead Horse State Park boasts ample camping with more than 20 sites for visitors in addition to miles of hiking and biking trails, picnic sites, a visitor center and more.

The park received its peculiar name because many horses died of exposure at the location as they were left behind to corral at the cliffside location by cowboys in the 19th century.