Sunrise at Dead Horse Point

Dead Horse Point is a small plateau standing 2000 ft. surrounded by sheer cliffs above a bend in the Colorado River.  Cowboys in the 19th Century used this area to round up wild horses because it was an easy place to fence off so horses wouldn’t run away.  The cowboys would then use this area to break horses, keep the good ones and then let the unwanted horses run back into the open range.  The legend has it that one time the horses for whatever reason didn’t leave and died from thirst, which is ironic since the Colorado River was in full view from the plateau.

Dead Horse Point, Utah
Dead Horse Point, Utah | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

You may also recognize this scene from the movie, Thelma and Louise (2:01:00 into the movie below). It’s an amazing overlook with views of the Colorado River below and Canyonlands National Park.

Capture Notes:

  • Great shot Rick. I haven’t seen Thelma & Louise in ages what a terrific movie.

  • Beautiful shot. Can’t wait to return.

  • That is some crazy history to go with this gorgeous shot. I can see the usefulness of breaking a horse here!

  • Beautiful vista Rick!

  • This is one of my favorite places that often gets overlooked with Arches and Canyonlands nearby. You have done it justice Rick. Great light.