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Day Canyon is the drainage just north of Longs Canyon. Its mouth on the Colorado is roughly 8 miles west of Moab and it runs roughly east/west for 5 miles paralleling Longs Canyon.

Getting There 

You can access Day Canyon from Potash Road roughly two miles north of the mouth of Longs Canyon and a couple miles south of Gold Bar. You can also access the upper reaches of the Canyon (via rappel) off UT 313 and the Dead Horse State Park Road that leads down Longs Canyon.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.0 miles from here

23 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Day Canyon:
In the Bushes   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 8'   Day Canyon Cragging Routes
Working Class Hero   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad   Day Canyon Cragging Routes
Christine's Way Buff Sabb   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad   Day Canyon Cragging Routes
Android Waffle Hot Line   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   Day Canyon Cragging Routes
Brush Painted Datsun   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Day Canyon Cragging Routes
Boognish Tower   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Boognish Tower
Moonshine   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 175'   Bootleg Tower
Pocket Rocket   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Day Canyon Cragging Routes
Thicker than Water   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 70'   Day Canyon Cragging Routes
Unknown Crack Right of "Working Class Hero"   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Day Canyon Cragging Routes
Buzz Lust   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Bootleg Tower
Kiss of the Spider Women   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Day Canyon Cragging Routes
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Boognish Tower 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13  UT : Moab Area : ... : Boognish Tower
the whole thing is crux; somewhat sustained 5.9 chimney work with spicy start and finish moves. stellar, tall, big view, spacious summit. very well protected. clean. shade. best to belay inside chimney. a little loose ground outside. the cam is optional but nice. a #2 camalot would be tipped out and the #3 that i had was tight. a 3 1/2 friend would be perfect. fairly wild climb. SIC FUN! Note: there's a nice crack in the back of the chimney (on raptor) that, as of now, is...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Andy Laakmann
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From: Bend, OR
Oct 19, 2014
Some approach beta...

You can comfortably stay in the wash until below Working Class Hero. That climb is further up the canyon than I thought (20 minutes or so). Once below Working Class Hero, the sandy wash opens up to smooth slickrock ledges before gorging up again. There is a jeep trail that begins on the right side right above the slickrock ledges. You can then walk on the jeep trail for 10-15 minutes until you are past the cragging routes to the right of Bootleg Tower. To access Datsun or Saab, there is a faint trail that diagonals from near where the jeep road hits the wash again up and left to the climbs.
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