In pictures: Following Thelma and Louise to Dead Horse Point State Park
Like many women I’ve seen the film Thelma and Louise at least 10 times, a fair few of them accompanied by a break up, a best friend and a bottle of wine. It’s one of the classic road trip movies. So when I found out a lot of the filming was done near Moab in Utah, on our road-trip route, I had to go take a look. And if I was going to see one spot, why not make it the most memorable. The film ends with Thelma and Louise driving off the edge of a cliff as they’re chased by the police. It looks like they’re at the Grand Canyon but it’s really Dead Horse Point State Park. 600 metres above the Colorado River, the park gets its name from a narrow neck of land 26 metres wide, which cowboys used as a natural corral. Legend has it that one time horses were left corralled and died of thirst within view of the river way below them. Despite the morbid associations, it’s a stunning place. Just make sure to avoid getting to close to the edge and take water!
Dead Horse Point State Park is about nine miles north of Moab in Utah, on the road to Canyonlands National Park. Entry costs $10 per car (the park isn’t covered by the National Parks Pass). There’s a visitor’s centre and a campsite (at extra cost) within the park.