We had a big day touring Dead Horse Point State Park & nearby Canyonlands & then went back out to star gaze! Gracious & only one extra cup of coffee. Dead Horse Point is an unbelievable mesa that looks down 2000 ft into the canyons created by the Colorado River ten million years ago. A rather sad legend relates to this land. Because of the 30 ft wide narrow “neck” of land leading to the point, cowboys herded wild horses out there & blocked off the neck with brush. This allowed the cowboys easy access to the best horses. As the story goes, one ornery group of cowboys left the rest of the horses corralled on the waterless point to perish.
The film industry loves to shoot in Dead Horse & pretend it is the Grand Canyon. Access is easier & the view is more concentrated. Thelma & Louise drove off here & lots of John Wayne westerns were filmed at this park. The highlight of the visitors’ center was a pastel art showing! What a serendipity! Last but certainly not least, was the “Pony Expresso” food truck! Serving up fresh hot coffee to the leagues of hikers, bikers, & tourists!
Canyonlands National Park was just down Hwy 313 on the other side of the canyon. We were totally surprised to be able to walk right to the edge of the cliffs. No Big Brother looking out for your safety here! It did make for more adventuresome hiking & viewing.
The skyline from both parks is dominated by the snow-covered peaks of the La Sal mountains. We tried to capture their beauty & majesty but the photos don’t do it justice.
We dashed back into camp for a quick dinner & then headed back to an overlook off Hwy 313 for an unobstructed view of the dark sky. So many stars were visible that the familiar constellations lost their distinctive shapes. Millions & millions of stars!
The Moab area has been good to us. We did scout out several BLM campgrounds that would work for the Airstream, so I’m thinking we’ll be back someday.