Day Canyon Point

 

Beautiful Day Canyon Point is accessed from the Island in the Sky area from a point near Dead Horse Point state park. It descends a bumpy four miles to an overlook of the Colorado River at a section of the river called Lake Bottom. It then ascends all the bumpy shelves that had been descended to return to the Dead Horse Point Road. Under normal circumstances the leader will choose a different route to return to Moab rather than the one used to access the trailhead thus keeping the day interesting.

 

Scenery

Bordered on the north by Day Canyon, on the south by Long Canyon, and on the east by the Colorado River there is scenery everywhere you look on this trip. Some notable items are the Puppet Show, the Lodges, a couple arches can be viewed if there is time for a short hike, the La Sal peaks are constantly in view on the descent, and of course the Colorado River at the overlook at the lower end of the trip. The higher sections offer views of the Monitor and Merrimac Buttes, Metal Masher, Gold Bar, Golden Spike, Poison Spider, Moab Rim, and Cliffhanger trails.

 

Road Surface

There are two track dirt sections, numerous shelfy ledges, and even an occasional (rare) section of smooth slickrock.

 

Obstacles

The obstacles on this trail are all small ledges as the trail encounters different rock layers in descending (later ascending) to the overlook of the Colorado River. The trail encounters numerous drainages that start shallow and then gradually deepen; the trail twists and turns to find a way around them on the way to the overlook. Only one of the obstacles has been named (Broken Bill Hill),where a broken axle resulted in a wheel/tire/brake drum assembly departing from a Jeep Cherokee, but we are sure with time and tall tales other spots could earn names as well.