Driving Off a Cliff at Dead Horse Point State Park

Summer Road Trip, Day 61

It’s one of the most iconic chick flicks of the 90’s: two BFF’s, the open road, a murder, a police chase and a plunge off a cliff at the Grand Canyon. Or was it? Nope, the powerful ending scene in Thelma and Louise wasn’t filmed at the national park as the movie leads you to believe. It wasn’t even in Arizona. The dramatic cliff dive off the precipice was filmed in Utah at the Dead Horse Point State Park. Who knew? With only 30 miles from Moab, we had to check it out.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park Visit

Soaring 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, the Dead Horse Point State Park is a must-stop in the area. It is a small park with only seven miles of hiking along the rim rock for panoramic views. The trails are easy walking along the rocks and lead to nine different overlooks of the monstrous canyon below.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

Mountain Biking

If interested in biking, the Intrepid Trail within Dead Horse Point State Park has 16.6 miles of moderate to intermediate non-motorized single track trails.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Lodging Inside the Park

Kayenta Campground within the park, offers 21 sites with electrical hookups, tent pads, sheltered tables and charcoal grill. No showers and limited water.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Lodging Outside the Park

Home base for the week is Canyonlands RV Resort & Campground in the town of Moab, only 3.5 hours from Salt Lake City and 90 minutes from Grand Junction. The town is in an ideal location: 5.5 miles south of the entrance to Arches National Park, 30 miles northeast of Dead Horse Point State Park, 32 miles northeast of Island in the Sky Visitor Center in Canyonlands National Park, and 76 miles east of the entrance to Needles District, Canyonlands National Park.

Moab is a gateway to a playground for the adventurous: hiking, four-wheel drive excursions, white-water rafting, canoeing, biking, and horseback riding. It has many lodging options including hotels, motels, resorts, B&B’s and campgrounds.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Know Before You Go

  • $10 per car, $5 per motorcycle & seniors (62+), $2 per person on foot/bike.
  • Park is open year round.
  • Park hours 6:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Visitor Center open 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (March 15 – mid-October), 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (mid-October – March 15. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
  • Potable Water available at Visitor Center Only.
  • The Pony Expresso Coffee Shop (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) just outside the Visitor Center serves coffee, espresso, hot chocolate, sandwiches, wraps and smoothies.
  • Stay hydrated, bring and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

And so our epic 80 day summer road trip continues – 12 U.S. states, 2 Canadian province and 13 national parks. For the upcoming months, I will be sharing with you our highlights, lowlights, adventures, favorite spots, best tips and our thoughts on three months of road tripping and living in a pop up.  I’ll try to answer any and all of your questions too!  You can also follow our journey via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Miles Driven: 61

Total Road Trip Miles Driven: 9,068

Average Gas Price per Gallon: $2.29

Current State: Utah

All States Visited: Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, British Columbia & Alberta Provinces, Washington, Oregon, Idaho

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Angela E. is a travel writer from the Chicagoland area who has visited all 50 states in the US and has traveled extensively around the world. She is passionate about exploring the great outdoors and hiking in particular. Her love for nature has taken her to some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. She has written extensively about her travels on her own website, Dang Travelers, and has been published in collaboration with other travel websites and multiple visitor bureaus around the country.

6 Responses

  1. Chris Travels

    I can’t pick just “one”, but will limit my choices to just a few. Peninsula state park and Devil’s Lake state park in Wisconsin; Sleeping Bear Dunes state park in Michigan; and Kodachrome Basin state park in Utah. All of those are outstanding and unique!

    • Dang Travelers

      I’ve been to the Midwest ones and have to agree that they are special, but have not been to Kodachrome Basin. We will have to add it to the list when we visit Bryce and Zion!

  2. Dave & Sue on wheels

    Love Barr Lake State Park and Staunton State Park, both in Colorado. I second the vote for Kodachrome. Beautiful parks.

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