Dead Horse Point State Park

sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park

After a month in one spot we were more than ready to hit the road! We didn’t have far to go, but it was amazing going somewhere new. Dead Horse Point State Park is about an hour away from Moab and is the first Utah State Park we have visited. It is absolutely breathtaking too. I knew it was a popular park to visit, but it is so much more amazing than I thought it would be.

Sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park

We settled in to our amazing spot with tons of room and great views and worked for the afternoon. After dinner, we headed down to the main overlook in the park to watch the sunset. We weren’t the only ones with this idea – there were so many people out there! One of the other girls was cracking us up. She was posing (and looking away from the sunset toward the camera) the entire time the sun was setting. Then, once the sun had set and the sky was lighting up with amazing colors, she was focused only on her camera inspecting her pictures. She missed the whole thing! Sigh. We had a great time watching the sun set before heading back to the RV.

Dead Horse Point State Park sunset
This sunset view really blew us away

Putting the Smoker to Use

On Friday we both had a super productive work day while we also smoked some ribs. We are so glad we brought our smoker with us. We have used it way more than I ever thought we would!! After work we went on a walk along the canyon rim while the ribs finished up. We finished dinner just in time for sunset so we walked out to an overlook not far from our site in the campground. We had another amazing sunset in this amazing park.

Canyonlands NP: Island in the Sky District

Canyonlands National Park is divided into a few different districts. We have already visited the Needles District and were looking forward to visiting the popular Island in the Sky District. We decided to see it by bike so we drove to the National Park Visitor Center and set off on a ride. The bike ride through the park was a lot of fun and we enjoyed admiring all of the scenery. We even visited one of the lookouts with our bikes. Green River Overlook – it was awesome! We packed a picnic and after a 25 mile ride we were definitely ready for some food!

Green River Overlook in Canyonlands NP
Enjoying Green River Overlook during our bike ride through the park

Grand View Overlook

After our picnic lunch, we drove to some of the lookout points we scouted from the bike and hiked out to take in the views. The Green River and Colorado River meet in Canyonlands National Park. Over the years, the rivers have eroded the canyon and it is a sight to behold. We are loving the dramatic views around here. The Grand View Overlook is at the end of the road and it looks out over where these two rivers meet. It was awesome.

Island in the Sky Grand View Overlook
Grand View Overlook

Mesa Arch

The second most popular thing to do in this district of Canyonlands is Mesa Arch. It is a quick and easy hike out to the arch. It is most famous for sunrises – you can view the sun rising through the arch. I think that does sound great, but I am just as happy seeing it in the afternoon! After Mesa Arch, we decided to head back to the campground. We had a fun day exploring the Islands in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park.

Canyonlands Mesa Arch
Mesa Arch Canyonlands
Nice view looking through Mesa Arch

We had a great weekend exploring these two parks. After one last visit to Moab to stock up on groceries, we are leaving the Moab area! We are making our way to Zion National Park, stopping at the other Utah National Parks along the way!

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