Here begins the story of how Dead Horse Point got it's name. It is a peninsula of rock that towers 2000' above the Colorado River. It is connected to a mesa by a narrow strip of land that, at one point (shown below), is only 30 yards wide. Around 1900 it was used as a corral for wild mustangs, which were rounded up and hurded onto the peninsula. A fence of branches was erected across the narrow part to keep the horses on the peninsula until the cowboys could select the ones they wanted and turn the others free. The photo below shows part of the fence that still remains.
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