Dayspring Canyon is a location in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. It is an unmarked location found north of Stendarr's Beacon. It appears as a small opening in the side of the mountain.

Geographic featuresEdit

Within the canyon, the initial path lies within a narrow ravine that leads straight towards a breathtaking view of a glacial waterfall overlooking a large lake. By the lake are some remnants of a fisherman's camp among several samples of Spiky Grass found by the shore. The path on the left leads up a hill to Fort Dawnguard.



A young Nord recruit named Agmaer can be found admiring the view. He asks if he can accompany the Dragonborn to the Fort and remarks on his nervous disposition and his high hopes of joining the Dawnguard.


Four refugees can be found outside the fort in a small camp.

Besides the refugees, members of the Dawnguard can be found in the Canyon. The three guards can always be found protecting the outside of the fort:

Sometimes, Vampire scouts can be found watching the fort, and will be hostile when approached or interacted with.



  • The marker on the map does not line up with the actual location if the Dragonborn is following the Dawnguard questline. The small opening is on the side of a road.
  • Using the shout Clear Skies here will clear fog/rain but not cloud cover.
  • The entrance is actually a gap in the mountainside. To find it, follow the path north from Stendarr's Beacon. After descending the hill, keep going north on the road, keeping an eye to the right. There will be a narrow opening, like a cave, in the rock. There is also a brazier/sconce next to it to help the Dragonborn find it.
  • Another way to find the entrance is to ride a horse along the cliff on the right of the track. The entrance will have been reached whenever the option to dismount appears.


This section contains bugs related to Dayspring Canyon. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • If you go into the lake area you can go straight through the big chunks of ice.
  • Dayspring Canyon's entrance may be invisible.
  • After exiting Dayspring Canyon, the outside maybe glitch an exact replica of the interior of the canyon.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Dayspring Canyon

  • finding dayspring canyon

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    • Im having same problem.  Im looking all around where its supposed to be and its not there!  So frustrating.  I'm level 53 and have alre...
    • wrote:im lvl 15 now and i cant fing dayspring canyon when i go to where it should be theres a gate oppening sort of thing then u w...
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    • I started it without being level 10. I'm level 6 and just walked to daysprings canyon. I knew where it was because I restarted my game due...
    • Yeah you can just go there as soon as you want without waiting for the rumors or Durak to trigger the quest, back in 2013 the dlc hadn...
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