Dead Horse Mesa

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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.

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