Why you should visit Dead Horse Point State Park in the off-season

MOAB, Utah (ABC4 Utah) People come from all over the world to sight-see, hike, and mountain bike in our great state.

Catching a glimpse of the Colorado River Basin at Dead Horse Point State Park will take your breath away. The only thing better is catching these scenic views in the off season.

The story about the cowboys using the ledge as a natural corral is one of many origins of the park name. Whether you’re on two feet or two wheels, appreciating the red rock landscape isn’t too hard.

“Gorgeous views, awesome riding. It's been the best day ever. Great temperatures. Perfect, I just love it out here,” said Lesley Tozer, park visitor.

It has been an official state park since 1959. Visitors from around the world come to marvel at the sandstone cliffs in the hot, dry desert.

With eight miles of hiking trails and 16 miles for mountain bikes, Park Manager Megan Blackwelder says her favorite park season is winter.

“You can experience some great hiking trails right on the rim of Dead Horse Point and see no one at all. Possibly all day. You get your desert solitude that everyone is looking for and experience without the crowds,” said Blackwelder.

To accommodate the rise in visitation, Dead Horse Point added extra campsites and is constructing additional yurts for folks looking for a quick trip. The park is also an official “dark sky” park, providing quality viewing of the starts, but in the winter, it becomes a safe haven for many along the Wasatch Front.

“There's an inversion going on in the winter and we've got blue skies, and sunny weather and it's a great place and time to recreate out of the inversion, so it's a great place come to down for a weekend,” said Blackwelder.

For more information about the park, visit https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/dead-horse/.

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