Spend The Night At Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah's Most Haunted Campground
There are many spots around Utah that are supposedly haunted. From hotels and homes to cemeteries, there are certainly a lot of unsettled spirits in the Beehive State! It only makes sense that some of our campgrounds could be the sites of the supernatural, and Dead Horse State Park has some particularly unique haunts.
It's hard to think of a more beautiful place than Dead Horse State Park. It sits 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, and offers expansive views that go on for miles.
Address: UT-313, Moab, UT 84532
The Kayenta Campground at the park offers 21 campsites with electric hookups and shade awnings. It's a great place to pitch your tent or pull up your RV for an overnight adventure.
Sunsets here are magical, and as you settle in around the campfire, you'll be thinking that you've found paradise. But some people claim that it gets downright spooky here at night.
When the sun goes down, you might hear the stamping of hooves and whinnies of horses far down below.
There's a horrific legend about how this place got its name.
The story has a few variations, but it basically goes that the point was used as a natural corral for gathering up wild horses. Because the neck was so narrow, it was a simple task to drive the horses right onto the point and fence them in.
But one horse round-up went horribly wrong. Hundred of horses were rounded up and fenced in on the point, and then left there to die. Whether it was a native tribe who was under attack and unable to get back to the horses, or cowboys who were illegally poaching horses from land they didn't own, one part of the story always remains the same: the horses were left there to die of thirst.
Can you imagine a more horrible scenario? If the legend is true, the poor horses were left there in the baking heat, able to see the Colorado River far below them, but not get to it to drink.
Stories like this sometimes have a grain of truth, and sometimes are just completely made up and have become urban legends on their own. It's hard to say which is the case here, but campers insist that they can hear the horses in distress at night.
What do you think? Do people hear these ghost horses because the legend is on their mind, or do you think the spirits of the horses are really still out there on the point?
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