January 26, 2016

2245 UNITED STATES (Utah) - Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park covers 2,170ha of high desert at an altitude of 1,800m, featuring a dramatic overlook of the  Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. Immense vertical cliffs meet with canyons carved by ice, water and wind creating a visual masterpiece. Deposition of sediments by ancient oceans, freshwater lakes, streams and wind blown sand dunes created the rock layers. Igneous activity formed the high mountains that rise like cool blue islands out of the hot, dry desert.

Plants and animals surviving on the edge of existence face many challenges of extreme conditions within this high desert environment. Most desert animals are nocturnal, active only during cooler evenings and mornings. The park is so named because of its use as a natural corral by cowboys in the 19th century, where wild mustangs often died of exposure. The area was also used in the final Grand Canyon scene of the 1991 film Thelma & Louise.

About the stamps
The first two stamps are part of the definitives series American Design, about which I wrote here. About the last stamp, The Star-Spangled Banner, I wrote here.

Dead Horse Point State Park - Wikipedia
Dead Horse Point State Park - Utah State Parks

Sender: Denise
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 29.06.2014
Photo: Carol Polich

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