Bluejohn Canyon

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Bluejohn Canyon
Main Fork Bluejohn Canyon, October 2011
Bluejohn Canyon is located in Utah
Bluejohn Canyon
Bluejohn Canyon
Location of Bluejohn Canyon within the
State of Utah
Floor elevation4,839 ft (1,475 m)
LocationCanyonlands National Park
Wayne County, Utah
United States
Coordinates38°22′42″N 110°16′41″W / 38.37833°N 110.27806°W / 38.37833; -110.27806Coordinates: 38°22′42″N 110°16′41″W / 38.37833°N 110.27806°W / 38.37833; -110.27806

Bluejohn Canyon is a slot canyon in Canyonlands National Park in eastern Wayne County, Utah, United States, that is often (mistakenly) referred to as "Blue John Canyon".[1][2]


The canyon is located southwest of the Horseshoe Canyon Unit of the National Park and 42 miles (68 km) south of Green River. It runs for approximately 11 miles (18 km) and is a tributary of Horseshoe Canyon, running northeastwards from the Robbers Roost Flats.[3]

Bluejohn Canyon came to international attention in 2003 as the place where the outdoorsman Aron Ralston was forced to amputate his own right forearm with a multi-tool after it became trapped by a boulder. Ralston's entrapment was described in his autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place[4] and was depicted in the 2010 film 127 Hours.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bluejohn Canyon
  2. ^ "MyTopo Maps - Bluejohn Canyon, Wayne County, UT, United States" (Map). Trimble Navigation, Ltd. Retrieved 5 Mar 2018.
  3. ^ "Blue John Canyon". 18 Nov 2010. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 22 Jan 2017 – via
  4. ^ Kopp, Megan. "Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Reviewed". Retrieved 22 Jan 2017.
  5. ^ "127 Hours". Los Angeles: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Retrieved 22 Jan 2017.

External links[edit]

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