Trip: Dead Horse and a Yurt
Back in March I needed to get out of town after a busy season of work. Looking through available options I decided to scout out Dead Horse State Park having read and heard good things. Generally, I tend to snub state parks but I am beginning to realize they can be quite good and less busy than a National Park.
Dead Horse State Park is located between Canyonlands National Park and Moab, UT.
I highly recommend if you head out to either Canyonlands - Island in the Sky District or Dead Horse to camp as they are quite a distance from the nearest city (Moab). Fortunately, for those that don't care to pitch a tent or use a vault toilet Dead Horse offers Yurts in there campground that have heating, AC, fire pits and quick access to flushing toilets. No showers are on site but for a night or two that is no big deal.
We stayed in a yurt ourselves as this was March and I have a toddler that would not have fared so well in the frigid temperatures and blowing wind. We were quite impressed with our yurt. It came with bunk beds and a futon couch able to sleep up to 6 comfortably. I feel these photos don't do it justice as they are quite spacious inside. The price is a bit steep at $140 a night and these sites are often filled in the busy months.
One of the major points why I wanted to stay is due to the park being designated as a dark sky park providing fantastic views of the stars. Unfortunately, I was foolish when prepping the tinder for the fire and gashed my finger causing blood to ooze everywhere. It was probably millimetres from being a hospital worthy trip cut. But thankfully I was able to stop the blood and bandage it up. On a side note I highly recommend if you have a first aid kit to make sure you have gauze and medical tap in it as our mini kit did not and it made things more difficult then they needed to be.
The views of the Canyon I feel are just as good as Canyonlands. If you do make a trip to Dead Horse State Park bring a bike as it is a popular spot for mountain biking. This was something I realized after we arrived in the park without our bikes.
Dinosaurs!!! If you are headed to Moab and you have kids in tow you should definitely check out Moab Giants. My kid had a blast with it!