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dead horse point elopements

dead horse point elopements

moab, utah

i have spent more time photographing dead horse point state park than probably any other area around moab. why? because i just can’t get over it. i tell people all of the time that this is the absolute best spot for sunset that i know of. i don’t care that it’s sometimes busy (i can always find a spot on the trail, away from the crowds), it’s for good reason.

scroll down for more info regarding permits, the best time of year to visit dead horse point, fun facts about how the park got it’s name, and some photos for inspiration. if you’re ready to contact me or want to get more detail, click the button below.

how did dead horse point get it's name?

“according to one legend, around the turn of the century the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming the mesa top. cowboys rounded up these horses, herded them across the narrow neck of land and onto the point. the neck, which is only 30-yards-wide, was then fenced off with branches and brush. this created a natural corral surrounded by precipitous cliffs straight down on all sides, affording no escape. cowboys then chose the horses they wanted and let the culls or broomtails go free. one time, for some unknown reason, horses were left corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst within view of the colorado river, 2,000 feet below.”

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the best time of year to get married at dead horse point

as with many areas around moab, the secret is out that this place is definitely worth visiting and exploring. that being said, weekends are often busy especially in the spring and fall, which are of course the best seasons to visit the park. the weather is the most comfortable during these months, and the view is always spectacular. i'd recommend reserving a campsite within the park or one of their yurts as far in advance as you can so you can enjoy the park after all the crowds have returned to town.

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