Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park is located about 30 minutes or so outside of Moab high atop a plateau and is known for its’ mountain biking trails (17 miles) and its Point which provides fantastic views of the Colorado River as iit meanders it way towards Canyonlands National Park.

 

Kayenta Campground at Dead Horse Point State Park

We had read on various blogs and review sites that the campground at the state park is really nice but always full and getting a reservation is just about impossible.  We tried for a number of months to get a reservation and were even on their email list for any cancellations but it wasn’t to be. We decided to drive through the campground and check it out while we were visiting the state park.  Yes, it would be nice to stay in the park to allow close proximity to the hiking trails but found the sites to be too narrow for our rig and too close together but the views were incredible. It would be a great place to stay if you wanted to get up early and catch the sunrise over the gooseneck of the Colorado River at the Point (or the sunset).

 

Horsethief Campground – BLM

On the way up the hill to the plateau where the state park sits there are 3 BLM campgrounds of which one, Horsethief Campground, has 56 sites and the literature states it can accommodate big rigs.  The campground is located 12 miles up the hill on Hwy 313 and is first-come first-serve.  We decided against driving up there to attempt to get a site since it was a Saturday when we arrived in Moab and assumed it could be full.  Instead we decided to just do a drive through on our way to the State Park. The campground sites seemed a bit short to us and we thought a big rig would be cramped in the sites.  The sites seemed quite close together but the views were outstanding.  Definitely a potential campground if we are in the area and willing to drive 12 miles up a steep hill and back down again if we can’t find a large enough site.

 

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is the other National Park, besides Arches National Park, just outside of Moab. It is known for its deep canyons, buttes, and mesas and both the Green River and the Colorado River run through the park.  The park is divided into four separate sections with different entrances. The section closest to Moab is Island In the Sky which is the area we visited.

 

Flat Pass/Steelbender Trail

Ken’s Lake Recreation Area, where we camped, contains several 4WD roads and horse trails. Next to the campground is a 4WD road that heads up Flat Pass over a mountain and continues on for 10 miles. The name of the trail is Steelbender and after driving part of it we know why, yes, the road can bend some steel. Across from the campground is another road called Redrock. A lovely flat 4WD dirt/rock road that leads through the meadow in several directions. Lovely.

 

Red Rock Horse Trail