Fuji G617 archives: Dead Horse Point State Park

31 12 2010

One of my favorite parks in Utah—Dead Horse Point State Park, adjacent to Canyonlands National Park, 2000 feet above the Colorado River.

Be sure to click on the photo to enlarge it in a new window.

From www.wikipedia.org: The park is so named because of its use as a natural corral by cowboys in the 19th century. The “dead horse” part of the name is that the corral was abandoned, but the horses did not leave the corral, even after the gate was left open, and died there. The park covers 5,362 acres of high desert at an altitude of 5,900 feet.

I also just learned that the area was the final scene of the 1991 film, Thelma & Louise.

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31 12 2010
thekingoftexas

As ’tis oft’ said, there are at least two sides to every story. I found this side at http://www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/DEHO/index.html

How Dead Horse Ranch Got Its Name

The story of the park’s name begins with the Ireys family, who came to Arizona from Minnesota looking for a ranch to buy in the late 1940s. At one of the ranches they discovered a large dead horse lying by the road. After two days of viewing ranches, Dad Ireys asked the kids which ranch they liked the best. The kids said, “the one with the dead horse, Dad!” The Ireys family chose the name Dead Horse Ranch and later, in 1973, when Arizona State Parks acquired the park, the Ireys made retaining the name a condition of sale.

Be that as it may, your panoramic shot of the canyon at Dead Horse Point is—well, it’s—it’s—well, it’s really panoramic!

And of course we all know what Thelma and Louise busted when that convertible hit bottom, don’t we?

1 01 2011
Tom Robinson

Awesome view, and picture.

1 01 2011
chloe

incredible view, did it take long to climb up there?

2 01 2011
cindydyer

Actually, King of Texas….you are in the wrong state (much as I was when I directed you to Hovenweep (but thinking we were headed to Mesa Verde which is actually in Colorado!).

The ranch you’re referencing was in ARIZONA. Dead Horse Point State Park is in Utah, near Moab…and not far from Arches National Park. Yours was a ranch with that name; this one is a state park in another state!

2 01 2011
thekingoftexas

As concerns the above comment someone, an imposter, is trying to depose me, to usurp my throne and take over my kingdom. I disclaim, deny, dispute, disown and denounce any connection with the comment. It’s obvious to me and it should be obvious to you that someone is posing as the king of Texas in order to embarrass me, someone burning up with envy.

Anyway, what’s in a name? Dead Horse Point, Dead Horse Ranch, virtually no difference. That which we call a rose, blah, blah, blah.

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