Day Canyon Point

Moab, Utah (Grand County)

Last Updated: 03/31/2018
4 / 5 ( 1 review )
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 5 miles
Highest Elevation: 5978 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Moab
Nearest Town w/ Services: Moab
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Canyon Country District
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Highlight: Day Canyon Point
Day Canyon Point Road, near Moab, is a moderate 4WD trail that descends a ridge that runs between Day Canyon on the north and Long Canyon on the south. It offers expansive views in front of you and ends at the scenic cliffs overlooking the mighty Colorado River. This rocky trail meanders through the terrain offering consistent scenic opportunities including many vantage points to view the impressive La Sal Mountains as the sun sets in the Utah desert. While the scenery is breathtaking, pay close attention to the trail as it has several rocky shelves that require some off-road driving finesse..



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1. Trailhead Day Canyon Point (0 mi)
The trail begins heading to the northeast off the Long Canyon Road. The only sign indicating the trailhead is a brown BLM delineator post with the letters “DCP” in white letters.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.540885, -109.724389

Starting Point: Moab, Utah

Travel north on Highway 191 for approximately 11 miles. Turn left on Utah-313 and travel for 16.2 miles to Long Canyon Road. Turn left on Long Canyon road and the trailhead is on your left in 2.2 miles.



Trail Reviews (3)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Camped on the upper part of Day Canyon Point again this weekend. One update to note, the gas wellhead and storage tank at waypoint 4 that was there in May is now gone, replaced with a fenced off square pit lined with plastic and filled with water where the storage tank used to be. Not sure what its purpose is, but that spot looks prettier now with the giant gas tank gone.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We camped along this trail over Memorial Day weekend and ran it out to the point as well. Great trail with amazing views all around, and plenty of great camping options. While we camped at the "notable campsite" at waypoint 3, there are a lot more campsites strung out along this trail than just the ones mentioned here. I should note that the "epic campsite" at waypoint 4 now has what looks like a natural gas wellhead and storage tank at it, though it looked like there was still space to camp back behind it. Camping at the top of this trail gives easy access to numerous other activities around Moab, and the town itself is about 45 minutes away taking Long Canyon down to the highway along the river. The trail itself was fun and not too technical, with route finding being the most difficult part. This trail appears to be lightly used and can be difficult to follow. Make sure to have a map and GPS running, and keep watch for small cairns that mark the trail in confusing spots. It took about an hour to reach the end, and the view from the point (which we had all to ourselves) was amazing. Definitely recommend this lesser known trail in Moab.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
What is it with the La Sal Mountains when they get that bizarre outlined look? I love this trail and this area for the view of the La Sal Mountains. This day, we were racing the clock to reach Day Canyon Point for sunset and drive back in the dark. Our thinking was that this would be the most epic spot for an sunset on the snow capped La Sal Mountains. However, the cloud cover did not cooperate and instead of beautiful reds and purples, we ended up with grey skies. This trail seems fairly easy going down, but in the dark, you really experience the ledges in a different fashion, so fairly easy down, a little more moderate going back up.

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: I have a Patriot Campers X2, and my buddy that is going with me has a similar, small offroad trailer. Is there room at any of the camping locations for both of us and both our trucks? Looks like some epic camping!
–Brady Wise (04/06/2019)
–Todd (04/06/2019)
Q: I have a 2019 tacoma TRD off road that's very stock still (all I have are sliders). I have no lift, 30.5 in tires and a driver that pretty new to off road driving. Do you think this trail is manageable?
–Matthew Jenny (04/04/2019)
–Todd (04/06/2019)

Writer Information

Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the community furthers that goal as well. A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg
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