Dead Horse Point Moab Utah
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member makeme
N 38° 27.807 W 109° 44.898
12S E 609202 N 4257979
Quick Description: Dead Horse Point
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 6/12/2022 9:00:05 PM
Waymark Code: WM16AA3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
Around the turn of the last century, wild mustangs roamed the mesatop around Dead Horse Point. Cowboys were always looking for ways to catch these sturdy, fleet-footed equines. One of the best ways they found to capture the clever beasts was to herd them into a trap such as a box canyon.

Dead Horse Point was a custom-made horse trap, like a box canyon only in reverse. With sheer cliffs straight down on all sides and only a narrow strip of land for access, it made a perfect place to keep horses. All the cowboys had to do was herd the horses across the neck and out onto the “point.” They would then build a fence of pinyon and juniper branches across the neck and they had a natural corral! Here the cowboys could sort through the horses, choose the ones they wanted, and let the culls or “boomtails” go free.

Legend tells that one time a band of broomtails was accidentally left corralled on the waterless point. There the horses died of thirst within a view of the Colorado River. The 2,000 feet to the river must have seemed like 2,000 miles.
Type: Local Legend or Lore

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