Tourist Review – Dead Horse Point State Park – SE Utah

When we stayed a couple weeks at Angostura Recreation Area (Hot Springs SD) you’ll remember that we had the pleasure of meeting and visiting with our neighbors Clark & Anita.

Clark and Anita (and their Oliver Travel Trailer)

They told us that as we traveled south from South Dakota through Wyoming and Utah, we just HAD to stop (and camp if we could) at Dead Horse Point State Park just northwest of Moab, Utah.

He told us if we didn’t make it to any of the other popular parks in that area of Utah (Arches, Canyonlands, Canyon de Chelly, Grand Staircase Escalante, Capital Reef) we’d just HAVE to visit Dead Horse.

As it turned out, our travels back to Rover’s Roost at Casa Grande Arizona found us traveling west along southern Wyoming and the east side of Utah and traveling down U.S. 191 instead of using the interstate highway system – and we’re so glad we did!

This way we stayed out of Colorado and the I-25 / I-70 yet we still got to see a LOT of beautiful scenery and ecosystems as we traveled up and down the hills and valleys, sometimes as high as 9000 feet!

But the Creme de la creme – has been Dead Horse Point State Park. The Colorado River runs through the park. The main (only) paved road through the park is Utah State Route 313 and it’s one way in and the same one way out. The $20 (non-resident) entrance fee is per vehicle so we parked our rigs in a gravel parking area just outside the park entrance and then we climbed into David and Susan’s car to visit the park.

As we all realize, photographs just never represent fully the depth and beauty of the subject. But I just had to share some with you here.

If you click on any of the thumbnails below, a larger picture will open. If you have a slower internet connection it might take a second (or a few) to sharpen up the image. Just be patient and you should be able to see and appreciate the beauty in the detail.

Here’s a short (1-1/2 minutes) video of some of the beauty we took in.

And a special thanks to Clark and Anita for putting us on to this gem. Next time we are going to be in the area, we’ll need to make campground reservations ahead of time!

Thanks once again for riding along on the journey of our lifetimes. It’s been five years now that we’ve traveled full-time and worked (volunteered) part-time along the way and it’s still fun – how about that!

Until we meet again, take care of yourselves and each other. You’re all you’ve got. Be good. And stay safe in this crazy world of ours.

Herb and Kathy

All is well in Colorado

Sorry for not posting more recently, but we’ve not been blessed with good WiFi spots so I’ve been writing and saving instead of uploading the pictures and actually posting.

But I thought I should explain that we’re spending the night in the Walmart parking lot in Evergreen, Colorado (click to see the map).  It’s elevation is 7220′ above sea level.  The surrounding terrain is breathtaking and so are the ups and downs of the roadway!

Along the highway just before Walmart, we saw a sign for CASINO.  Most casinos let RV’ers park for free and stay the night, but common courtesy says the weary traveler should go on in and drop a few nickels as a way of saying “Thanks”.  So on to the casinos (in Central City, CO) we went.  I had no idea it was a steep grade up 8 MILES to get to Historic Central City and then only to find out that yes, they had MANY  casinos but THEY WERE ALL DOWNTOWN!  It would be like casinos in German Village (Columbus) or Greektown (Detroit).  I was really hoping for a BIG casino with a HUGE parking lot!  Historic Central City was not real good at accommodating a 36′ motor home pulling a Saturn.

So THAT’S how we ended up at Walmart !

We had to stay here because it’s Saturday night and all the campgrounds are booked.  We really didn’t know how far we’d make it today after leaving Roger and Jan’s driveway at Randall, KS this morning.  (That’s a whole other post) and I’ll send you that one soon when I can upload the pix, (when I get some free WiFi)

But wanted to let you know that we are enjoying ourselves and all is in good order with HerbNKathy.

Thanks for reading.  We’ll catch up with more and some pix later,