Desert Wonder - Moab, Utah

Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab, Utah

Whenever I think of Moab, two National Parks come to mind (Arches & Canyonlands). Many visitors don't realize that one of the best views in the area is this one from Dead Horse State Park. This signature image shows the effect of erosion, where the Colorado River has carved the rock over thousand of years, to leave us with this spectacular view that rivals any in the area. The park itself was named after the mustangs that used to run wild in the area. The overlook from which this image was taken acted as a natural corral, where cowboys would drive the herds so they could be captured for personal use or for sale to others. According to legend, a group of mustangs remained on the overlook and were somehow trapped there. As there was no food or water available, they supposedly died of thirst within sight of the Colorado River.

I have posted images from this location before, so I changed it up a bit with a black and white interpretation. The shadows in the canyons along with the early sunrise light made the tones pop.