3 Spots You Need to Photograph in Zion National Park
Let’s face it - Zion is absolutely full of incredible photo opportunities. In fact, you could spend weeks in the park and never photograph the same breathtaking landscape twice. Of course, most of us don’t have weeks on end to wander around in nature’s beauty, so making the most of your time in Zion is of the utmost importance.
That being the case, here are a few must-see spots in Zion that you need to photograph.
If you’re after one of the best canyon views in all of Zion, Canyon Overlook is the place to be. Accessed by an easy 1-mile hike directly from the parking lot, the overlook is a favorite for many photographers not just for the view and easy access, but also because the overlook is relatively large, so you usually don’t have to fight for space with other photographers.
This spot is ideal for Golden Hour and Blue Hour shots, as well as night photography. If you hang around until dusk arrives, you can get some fun long exposures of the canyon with the stars above and light trails from cars on the road that winds through the canyon as well.
Another must-photograph spot in Zion is the Emerald Pools, a breathtaking area that’s accessed via an easy hike up a trail that’s surrounded by waterfalls. The waterfalls are beautiful regardless the time of year, but in springtime during the spring runoff, they certainly have an extra flair for the dramatic. The trail takes you along a stream, which also makes for a gorgeous subject for your photos. Again, spring offers the most dramatic view.
Along the trail you’ll encounter the lower, middle, and upper Emerald Pools, each of which provides you a chance to take in the stunning beauty of the red canyon walls, crystal clear water, and lush plant life.
For the truly adventurous photographer, Angel’s Landing should be on your Zion bucket list. Unlike the other two areas outlined above, Angel’s Landing is accessible only by a panic-inducing hike right along the edge of a cliff. The trail is precarious, to say the least, and in some spots you actually have to hold onto a chain railing because the trail is so narrow.
However, if you can muster the courage to make the hike, you’ll be rewarded with scenes that look almost otherworldly. The combination of the steep canyon walls, interesting rock formations, and the view downward onto the stream in the bottom of the canyon make for photos that pack a punch. The sweeping views from the overlook at the trail’s end alone is worth the stress to get there.
So, next time you’re planning to be in Zion, be sure to include these three hot spots on your shot list. The views you’ll see will be well worth the effort!