Hike the West and East Rim Loop at Dead Horse Point

Utah Big Horn Overlook Trail

Added by Jennell McHugh

Hike the "Grand Canyon" of Utah with incredible vistas from lookouts throughout the loop.

This is a 5.5 mile loop, if you opt out of the several in/outs to various lookout points, which extend the hike to about 10 miles -- do not opt out! These lookout points get better and better.

However, you can skip the only modest part of the trail, where the West and East rims of the trail meet at the neck: this area is crowded, and for families/less physically capable folks who come by the busload to check out the view. This main vista is not necessary if you've done the harder work along the trail. We only encountered about 6 people on the entire West rim, which made this trail feel like an astonishingly overlooked gem, permitting an even more serene experience with the natural setting.

This is a recommended sunrise hike starting on the West rim to watch the sun envelop the canyons, crests and buttes as you wind around.

Pack List

  • Lots of water - the biggest battle of this hike is the relentless heat
  • Camera
  • Snacks - it's a long hike if you're hitting all the lookouts, bring provisions
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Autumn

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

5.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

70 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
River
Scenic

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11 months ago

Jaw Dropping Views

This is a great place to stop on the way to Canyonlands. I was blown away by the endless beauty in every direction. Definitely worth it!

11 months ago

about 1 year ago

Fun, Dog-Friendly Hike

Loved this hike! Climbing up and down to get to the lookouts can be quite strenuous, but definitely worth it. The best part is -- unlike nearby Canyonlands and Arches -- this park is dog-friendly!

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Incredible views and dog-friendly!

about 1 year ago

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