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Dead Horse Point Rim Trails, UT

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Distance Lasso-Loop 9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,931 feet
Elevation Gain 300 feet
Accumulated Gain 600 feet
Avg Time One Way 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11
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13  2021-05-19 trekkin_gecko
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Routes 379
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Location phoenix, az
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Ode to Thelma and Louise
by trekkin_gecko

The Dead Horse Rim trails consist of:

Colorado River Overlook Trail
East Rim Trail
West Rim Trail
Bighorn Overlook Trail

You can do a nice hike by starting at the visitor center and going out and back on the Colorado Overlook Trail, then picking up the East Rim Trail down to Dead Horse Point. From there, take the West Rim Trail, then hike out and back on the Bighorn overlook trail. There is a short connector back to the visitor center. If you include all overlooks from the east and west rim, the hike is close to nine miles. You can do shorter combinations too.

The overlooks offer tremendous views of the surrounding terrain 2000 feet below. Dead Horse Point at the southern end of the overlooks a Colorado river gooseneck. Potash Ponds and the La Sal mountains are visible to the east.

The trail is on dirt, sand, and slickrock. Footing is usually good. Elevation gain is minimal. There are a few places marked with cairns or black paint. The overlooks are all worth doing, especially Bighorn, which features several deep potholes in the slickrock. There is some exposure, both to sun and near dropoffs.

This is where the ending to the 1991 movie Thelma and Louise was filmed.

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2021-05-24 trekkin_gecko
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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To hike
The hike begins at the visitor center.
Dead Horse Point State Park is nine miles north of Moab on 191, then 23 miles south on 313.
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