Moab in Grand County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Legend of Dead Horse Point
Dead Horse Point State Park
Around the turn of the last century, wild mustangs roamed the mesatop around Dead Horse Point. Cowboys were always looking for ways to catch these sturdy, fleet-footed equines. One of the best ways they found to capture the clever beasts was to herd them into a trap such as a box canyon.
Dead Horse Point was a custom-made horse trap, like a box canyon only in reverse. With sheer cliffs straight down on all sides and only a narrow strip of land for access, it made a perfect place to keep horses. All the cowboys had to do was herd the horses across the neck and out onto the “point.” They would then build a fence of pinyon and juniper branches across the neck and they had a natural corral! Here the cowboys
Legend tells that one time a band of broomtails was accidentally left corralled on the waterless point. There the horses died of thirst within a view of the Colorado River. The 2,000 feet to the river must have seemed like 2,000 miles.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Animals.
Location. 38° 28.42′ N, 109° 44.456′ W. Marker is in Moab, Utah, in Grand County. Marker is on Utah Route 313. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moab UT 84532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Origins Of a Name (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Indian Ricegrass (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Neck (approx. 4˝ miles away); Aztec Butte (approx. 9.4 miles away); John Wesley Powell on the Green River (approx. 10.4 miles away); Green River Overlook (approx. 10.4 miles away); Tracks in the Canyon (approx. 10.9 miles away); Scott M. Matheson (approx. 11˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moab.
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