Our next stop was Dead Horse State Park, where we stayed for five nights! Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park are very close together and Dead Horse State Park was a great place from which to explore both parks. Not to mention that the view of the canyons was spectacular!
The park got its name from the story of cowboys who would corral wild horses on the narrow point of the cliffs, pick the ones that they wanted and leave the rest to die of thirst yet within view of the Colorado River 2,000 feet below.
Our first night at the park, we went for a short hike along the canyon rim. It was breathtaking!
We also witnessed a sunset and a sunrise on these canyon walls. The way that the sunlight lights up the red walls of the canyon is truly awesome.
Also, I want to mention that Grace is blogging about our travels as well! If you're interested in her perspective, check her blog out at adventuringgrace.wordpress.com.