Dead Horse Point and the Colorado River, two ways

Today’s plan was to get ourselves booked in on a jet boat tour along the Colorado River before we move on, then spend time in the Dead Horse Point state park.  The weather was great again today, so we slapped on the sun cream and set off to the jet boat office. We had originally wanted a one hour ride, but there were none scheduled. However, there was a three hour one scheduled for 4pm this afternoon which sounded really good, so we booked ourselves in for that.

The drive to Dead Horse Point took about 40 minutes, and we didn’t really know what to expect, apart from the famous view over the Colorado River. It cost $10 to get in, and we stopped at the Visitor Centre where I bought a magnet (I collect magnets from my travels which I keep on a filing cabinet indoors). Looking at the map the only activities in the park apart from the river views were hiking and mountain bike trails. We didn’t fancy hiking given the hot weather, so we drove over to the viewing area. The view over the river just blew me away. The vastness of the place, being surrounded by a 65 million year old landscape, really makes you feel quite insignificant, it’s so humbling. Definitely $10 well spent.

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I could have stayed there all day admiring the views, but we had to get back to town to get some lunch before the boat ride. We had lunch at the hippy cafe again, aka the Peace Tree, and weren’t disappointed with the food (we can recommend the club wraps).

The three hour boat trip was two hours on the boat and an hour travelling back and forth to the put-in point on the river. There were about 10 in our group and we were the youngest by some way!  We were taken to the boat on a minibus, and Carol and I were last on,  so got to sit at the front next to the guide/driver/captain. On the outward leg we stopped a number of times and the guide gave an overview of the geology explaining how the landscape came to be. We also stopped at the bend in the river beneath Dead Horse Point, known as the ‘goose neck’, and it felt weird to be looking up to where we had been standing earlier in the day, so high up, and so far away.

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It took about an hour and a half to travel 15 or so miles with regular stops, and I was really pleased that the return leg was non-stop, zig-zagging across the river at a good pace. Great fun.

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We rounded the day off with dinner at a BBQ restaurant. Not the best I’ve had, but it did the job. Looking forward to our helicopter ride tomorrow.

Mike

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