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2. What are some good spots for photography?

EVERYWHERE is a good spot for photography in Zion! No seriously, I mean it. I can't think of any spot in Zion that isn't photogenic or interesting in the right light. Wander around, explore, and be willing to hike a little bit, and you are sure to find photographic opportunities from majestic viewpoints to smaller-scale subjects like sandstone textures and delicate plantlife. The suggestions below are only starting points.

2a. Common spots to catch sunrises/sunsets:

Altar of Sacrifice (Zion National Park) -- © 2011 Joe Braun Photography
Altar of Sacrifice in early morning light.
Canyon Junction sunset (Zion National Park) -- © 2011 Joe Braun Photography
Canyon Junction sunset.
Canyon Overlook Trail (Zion National Park)  -- © 2015 Joe Braun Photography
Canyon Overlook on a wonderful cloud day!
Shuntavi Butte sunset, Kolob Canyons (Zion National Park) -- © 2015 Joe Braun Photography
Sunset makes the sandstone colors glow at Shuntavi Butte.
East Canyon (Zion National Park) -- © 2018 Joe Braun Photography
Mystical hoodoo catching the final rays of evening light.
East Canyon Cliffdiver! (Zion National Park) -- © 2015 Joe Braun Photography
"Cliffdiver!" This is one of the more famous roadside pinyon pine/hoodoo landmarks.
Hoodoo Startrails, Kolob Terrace photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2012 Joe Braun Photography
"Put a Needle on the Record!"

2b. Photogenic landmarks and hikes:

Emerald Pools Trail (Zion National Park) -- © 2010 Joe Braun Photography
Lower Emerald Pools during a rainstorm.
Great White Throne (Zion National Park) -- © 2013 Joe Braun Photography
Datura flowers in front of the Great White Throne.
Angels Landing halo storm (Zion National Park) -- © 2014 Joe Braun Photography
Angels Landing surrounded by a halo of storm clouds.
Checkerboard Mesa, Upper East Canyon (Zion National Park) -- © 2015 Joe Braun Photography
"Joyride through Wonderland."
Angels Landing Step of Faith (Zion National Park) -- © 2013 Joe Braun Photography
Angels Landing "Step of Faith."
Hidden Canyon pool (Zion National Park) -- © 2016 Joe Braun Photography
Reflective pothole at the mouth of Hidden Canyon.
Zion Narrows Top-Down Route photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2017 Joe Braun Photography
Bam! Magical light and color in the upper Zion Narrows.
The Subway (Zion National Park) -- © 2015 Joe Braun Photography
Every color of the rainbow in the lower Subway.
The Kolob Arch (Zion National Park) -- © 2004 Joe Braun Photography
Looking up at the Kolob Arch.

In 1980, the National Park Service printed a useful little photographic hints pamphlet that is now out of print. (Special thanks to Jeff S. for finding and scanning this great old document!) For more hiking ideas, please see my Recommended Hikes and Even More Hikes pages for detailed information on exploring Zion by foot. Do not limit yourself to being a photographer who only shoots a few feet away from his or her car!

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