Location: Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
Access Point: 38.5042022,-109.7319077
Length: Day Trip
Being the emergency pastoral care provider for the weekend has its drawbacks. However, although I am not able to get outdoors and explore the world this weekend, I can sit and reflect upon the places that we have been and look at the photos that inspire and encourage me. Before my tour to Afghanistan in 2012, my family and I took an epic adventure and explored the amazing southwest. Annette and I are originally from Utah and know some amazing places to visit. One of our favorite places on this epic adventure was our return visit to Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah. Moab is of course known around the world for its red rock trails both for jeeps and mountain bikes. It is also famous for its many national parks and the gateway to unlimited outdoor adventures. Growing up only hours from Moab and visiting many times as a child, it was great to be home and explore the area with our son.
For me, Dead Horse Point State Park is more about seeing the beauty of our world than it is anything else. Sitting over 2,000 feet above the Colorado River and at an elevation of 5,900 feet, seeing the world from this vantage point is breathtaking and truly inspiring. The colors and beauty create an experience only second to the Grand Canyon.
There are plenty of things to do at the park for those that must burn some energy. For Canyon, Annette, and I, this meant cycling the Intrepid loop trail, the Great Pyramid loop trail, and the Big Chief loop trail. According to the park’s website, there is a new section to these trails that just opened this year (2014). The trails are not extremely technical, but at 6,300 feet above sea level, it is certainly a challenge, but well worth the effort.
I would highly recommend visiting Dead Horse Point State Park to get away from the crowds and enjoy a magnificent park. Take your bikes, take your hiking shoes, take a good cooler with lots of cold drinks, and of course… take some yummy snacks to fuel your journey. Get out there and be inspired!
Safe Travels, Troy