Dead Horse Mesa
DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK, UT
Listen for the phantom whinnying of the herd of wild horses that was barricaded on the mesa by cowboys in the 1800s. Some died of dehydration, but most leapt off the sandstone precipice toward the green ribbon of the Colorado River, 2,000 feet below.
DO IT From the visitor center ( 38.487626, -109.735780), make a 4-plus-mile circuit that traces the rim of the mesa by linking the East Rim and West Rim Trails (distance varies with how many spurs you tack on). Going clockwise, the Basin, Meander, Shafer Canyon, and Rim Overlooks are each worth the negligible distance off the main loop. Bring an extra memory card for the photo opp at Dead Horse Point, and listen closely.