Dead Horse Point is a small state park covering just a few square miles of land at the edge of the plateau just north of the Island in the Sky
region, and is reached by a 4 mile side road off the main approach to Canyonlands, just before the national park boundary. Facilities are limited to a visitor center, picnic area and a well-equipped 21 site campground, plus several short trails. There are none down from the rim but a few miles of paths run quite close to the unfenced cliff edge and through meadows on the plateau. The entrance road passes over a narrow neck of land with a sheer drop off just a few yards away to the left and right, and ends at a parking lot close to the far end of the promontory, where 500 foot high vertical walls of Wingate sandstone fall away at all sides.
The main overlook of Dead Horse Point State Park has a 270 degree vista over the Colorado and its side canyons, from the bright turquoise tailing ponds of a potash mining complex in the northeast, along the river and south across vast areas of eroded ridges, buttes, pinnacles and cliffs with the La Sal Mountains in the far distance, then west to the near side of the Island in the Sky mesa and northwest along several branches of Shafer Canyon
. Plenty of the river and its corridor of greenery is visible, 1,900 feet below, including one big gooseneck meander close to the viewpoint. A dirt track winds over the rocky desert at the base of the cliffs - this is Potash Road
, which follows the Colorado river starting just north of Moab. It is paved at first, as far as the potash mining complex, then unpaved for the next 17 miles, ending with a steep ascent up the cliffs at the head of Shafer Canyon where it joins the national park drive.
The nearest town with hotels close to Dead Horse Point State Park is Moab