Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah – part one

We now share some views of Dead Horse Point which were captured during our holiday last May to eastern Utah.

 

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This Utah state park borders the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park.  Both are “must sees” when visiting the Moab area.

Here, from the rental car, we can see erosion of the land.

 

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At the visitor center parking area, we see this humble bench.  There are canyon wall rim trails that converge at the visitor center.  Along these trails, there are incredible views of sheer cliff walls and erosion of the sandstone over millions of years.

 

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Here is an example of the views to be seen and enjoyed.

 

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A closer view of the cliff walls.  This whole region of southeastern Utah is a stunning display of sedimentary sandstone and limestone uplift and erosion, or geology on display.

 

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Near and far, we see rock formations produced by the ongoing erosion.

 

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Along these canyon rim trails, one can see spectacular views, but caution is needed to avoid possible slips or falls.

 

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Plant life finds a niche at 6,000 feet above sea level in a cold, dry and wind swept desert.

 

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Looking back towards the parking area, we enjoy a break in the cool, crisp morning air.

 

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An informational placque for visitors.

 

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Gazing down from the trail:

 

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Another view.  This is scenery that rivals the best natural scenery that Africa and Australia offer.

 

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Canyon walls.

 

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A view of the deck area of the visitor center.

 

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From here, one can leisurely walk down to the rim trails in about one minute or less.

 

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Inside the visitor center, we can see models of the land.

 

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Another model showing a “pot hole” where water from rain or snow melt collects.  Erosion forms these depressions in the rock that vary widely in size and provide water for the wildlife.

 

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Interesting model here.  Not sure what is indicated.

 

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We can see that there was some reflection in the glass that distorts this colorful poster.

 

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Approaching one of the vistas along the trail.

 

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Here we can see for miles.  I think that the uplifted mesa in the far distance, near the top of this photo, is the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands.

 

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Panning to the right, or to the west, we see this view.

 

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Another view looking back towards our left.

 

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Here we see layers of slick rock close by the trail.

 

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The lookout point is on the layered slick rock.

 

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. . . . to be continued . . . .

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