Dead Horse State Park Loop Trail

Distance: 2.0 - 6.6 miles (loop)

Dead Horse State Park, near Moab in Southeast Utah

Looking southwest from the trail along the west side of Dead Horse Point.

Looking southwest from the trail along the west side of Dead Horse Point.

 

Amazing vistas of the sculpted canyons, pinnacles and buttes defining the landscape along the Colorado River and nearby Canyonlands National Park are the highlights of this easy 6.0 mile loop hike traveling around the southern end of Dead Horse State Park. (full description)

  • Distance: 6.6 miles (loop)
  • Elevation: 5,940-ft. at Trailhead
    Maximum elevation - 6,010-ft.
  • Elevation Gain: 70-ft.
  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
  • Basecamp: Moab
  • Region: Southeast Utah

Why Hike Dead Horse State Park Loop Trail

Dead Horse State Park (5,900-ft.) sits atop a scenic high plateau, towering 2,000-ft. above the Colorado River. The views are as grand as nearby Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park but the trails are not as heavily traveled as those in the park.

Two trails, the West Rim and East Rim, combine to create an easy 6.0 mile loop hike through a high desert landscape with panoramic vistas extending from Canyonlands’ sculpted canyons, pinnacles and buttes to the La Sal Mountains. The hike can be extended by 3.5 miles by including two spur trails to picturesque viewpoints, the Big Horn Overlook and the Colorado Overlook.

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Elevation Profile

Dead Horse Loop trail elevation profile

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