Dead Horse Point State Park

Please click on the following link for the official Dead Horse Point State Park Junior Ranger web page:

The Junior Ranger Activity Guide can be picked up at the Dead Horse Point State Park visitor center. To become a Junior Ranger, children ages 5-9 need to complete at least three activities in the book and children ages 10-12 need to complete at least six activities in the book. The Junior Ranger also has to either collect a small bag of litter or attend a ranger program and have a Park Ranger sign their book. Once all requirements are complete, return to the visitor center to receive a Dead Horse Point State Park Junior Ranger Badge.

Activities in the book include a maze, coloring, dot-to-dot, word scramble, word search, matching animal tracks, crossword puzzle, identifying plants, landscape match and journal.

We visited Dead Horse Point State Park after our visit to Canyonlands National Park on March 30, 2010. Both Alyssa and Samantha completed the program. The activity book was fairly easy to complete and there were plenty of activities that were age appropriate in the booklet.

We didn’t spend a lot of time at the park as the wind had really picked up. One of the activities in the Junior Ranger Activity Guide was to take a walk on the short nature trail outside the visitor center and compare and identify plants using the Nature Trail Guide. It was nice having everything numbered and it allowed the girls to learn the names of plants that they had seen while hiking.

We also drove out to Dead Horse Point Overlook. The view was fabulous. There were wonderful views of the Colorado River. Due to the wind, after visiting the overlook, we returned to the visitor center, where the girls finished their activity books and received their Junior Ranger badges.

Also, as I will be discussing in the Red Rock Ranger posting, Dead Horse Point counts as one of the State Parks visited towards becoming a Red Rock Ranger.


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