Capture Sunrise at Dead Horse Point SP

Utah Dead Horse Point Trail

Added by Jason Hatfield

Iconic views of the Colorado River and canyon lands of the Southwest.

Dead Horse Point State Park sits next to Canyonlands National Park with expansive views of the canyons carved by the Colorado River. The park can be accessed year-round and the best views are within feet of the parking lot. To capture the warm light of sunrise on the red rocks, head for the western rim and look for interesting trees to include in your foreground. Most of the area does not have railings so watch yourself near the edge.

Pack List

  • Camera + Wide-Tele Zoom Lens + Tripod
  • Batteries
  • Memory Card
  • Warm layers
  • Hiking shoes
  • Ice traction in winter
  • $10 Entrance Fee
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Year Round



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area

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25 days ago

We Camped at Dead Horse Point SP, Amazing!

This was a super nice park, campsites were very nice. We went to Dead Horse Point early in the morning. Its like it's own mini-Grand Canyon, pretty awesome.

25 days ago

4 months ago


This is truly an amazing place for sunrise photos! Way better than braving the crowds in nearby Arches. Thanks for the tip, this is one of the most spectacular views I've seen.

4 months ago

5 months ago

One of the best photo ops

I had planned on sunrise photos here, but after playing all day and not getting to bed until midnight each night, I opted out of sunrise and 4 hours of sleep. We were staying over an hour from this spot. However, while it is best at sunrise for sure, this state park is amazing and a must if you are traveling into Canyonlands, Island in the Sky section. I highly recommend getting up for sunrise too.

5 months ago

Added by Jason Hatfield

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at

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