Moab Off Road Trail Spotlight: Day Canyon Point

Moab is the undisputed off-roading Mecca and for good reason. Among the most popular trails in Moab, you are guaranteed to find some that are to your liking, whether you’re a novice or experienced off-roader.

At Dixie 4 Wheel Drive, we love getting out on the trails. We even organize regular trail riding events so that as many people as possible can come to appreciate the amazing surroundings of southern Utah as much as we do.

Continuing with our blog series on highlighting Moab’s off-road trails, we’d like to shine a light on Day Canyon Point.

Day Canyon Point Trail Overview

To access this picturesque trail, you need to first get to the Island in the Sky area, at a point near Dead Horse Point state park. The trail runs for a total of 70 miles, 10 of which are off-pavement. This is meant to be a pleasant, scenic trip for the family or for those looking for some mild off-roading. You’ll be disappointed if you take this trail intending to do some hardcore off-roading.

That doesn’t mean that Day Canyon Point trail doesn’t have some surprises. You’ll need some experience to navigate some of the rougher parts of the terrain. Additionally, ensure you take along a vehicle that has enough ground clearance and tires that are at least 33” inches tall. That way, you won’t risk damaging your undercarriage or getting stuck on some of the rocky ledges.

Trail Surface and Scenery Of Day Canyon Point

This is a scenic trail bordered by magnificent scenery every side you look. The trail comes to an overlook of the Colorado River to the east. Here you can take a breather and admire or snap photos of Long Canyon to the south or Day Canyon to the north.

You can also catch a glimpse of several of Moab’s natural wonders and rock formations. These include the La Sal Mountains which are continuously visible throughout the trail, Monitor and Merrimac Buttes, Jeep Arch, Gooney Bird Rock as well as parts of the Poison Spider Mesa, Moab Rim and Cliffhanger trails.

Most of the trial is made up of climbs and descents on slickrock ledges, with two dirt sections and a short section of smooth slickrock.

Trail Obstacles and other Day Canyon Point Details

The trail retraces the same route on the return journey. This means that all the short drops and ledges you descended now become obstacles to maneuver as you head back towards Dead Horse Point Road.

One notable obstacle to watch out for has been named Broken Bill Hill and it’s notorious for damaging axles. If your vehicle sustains damage on the trail, bring it to the Dixie 4 Wheel Drive auto shop in Moab and we’ll fix it right up.

Overall, the Day Canyon Point trail demands attention if you’re to navigate the numerous steps and ledges along the way, but it will reward you with outstanding scenery.

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