David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Dead Horse State Park

Dead Horse State Park is a beautiful overlook of a “gooseneck” in the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park.

The narrowest point as you drive out on the mesa is about 30 yards wide.  One legend tells of cowboys rounding up wild mustangs and herding them across the narrow land and onto the point.  The narrow part was fenced with branches and made a natural corral used by the cowboys to select the best horses.  For some unknown reason the horses were left without any water and they died.  All within site of the Colorado River.

I was focusing on the “gooseneck” in the Colorado River when I looked back to see my wife alone at the look-out point.  When I first showed her the picture she smiled.  I took it as an approval.

If you are ever in the area be sure to take a little time and go visit.  Best time would be sunrise.  Has the best restroom facility and only a short walk to the overlook point.  Worth the drive.

Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70mm @ 38mm, f/11, ISO 100, 5 shot HDR



4 responses to “Dead Horse State Park

  1. Doug Haass April 27, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Nice capture showing the scale of the place. I’ve been there too. It is a nice park, also on the way to Canyonlands NP, so it’s only natural to stop by there.

  2. Tim Timmis May 9, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Beautiful shot David. Almost looks like the grand canyon. Well worth the visit.

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