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Photography is my passion. I do not only take wedding photos but also do portraits, landscapes, and street photography. This section represents my perspective on how I see the world through the lenses.

Guide to Landscape Photography Trip in Utah

  1. Zion National Park

  2. Horseshoe Bend

  3. Forrest Gump Point

  4. Canyonlands National Park

  5. Arches National Park

  6. Goblin Valley State Park

  7. Bryce Canyon National Park

  8. Valley of Fire State Park

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I recommend to have at least five days for this trip. You will have a long drive every day except the third day. You can spend one more night at Zion if you want to do both trail, Angel Landing and Canyon Overlook Trail.

Day 4

Moab to Goblin Valley State Park - 2:00 hours
Goblin Valley State Park to Bryce Canyon National Park - 4 hours
Stay at Ruby Inn

Day 5

Bryce Canyon National Park to Valley of Fire State Park - 4 hours
Valley of Fire State Park to Las Vegas- 1:40 hours

Day 1

McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas) to Zion National Park - 2:46 hours
Hike Angel Landing or Canyon Overlook Trail
Stay at Zion Park Motel

Day 2

Zion National Park to Horseshoe Bend - 1:50 hours
Horseshoe Bend to Moab - 5:00 hours
Stay in Moab, UT

Day 3

Moab to Arches National Park - 30 minutes
Moab to Canyonlands National Park - 50 minutes
Stay in Moab, UT


Zion National Park

Canyon Overlook Trail

Distance: 1 mile round trip
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Length of Time: 1 hour
Trailhead: Highway 9, just east of the tunnel
Best time for picture: Sunset
Click here for the detail of Canyon Overlook Trail.


Where to Stay

There are many hotels and motels you can stay in the south entrance area of ZNP. The last two visits, I stay at Zion Park Motel.

Zion Park Motel
865 Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale, UT 84767

Canyon Overlook Trail

Canyon Overlook Trail

Angel Landing

Distance: 5.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 1500 feet
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length of Time: 3 to 5 hours
When to go: Year round, although the best seasons are Spring and Fall.
Trailhead: The Grotto (stop #6 on the Zion Shuttle)
Best time for picture: Sunset
Click here for the detail of Angel Landing Trail.

Angel Landing Sunset

Angel Landing Sunset

Horseshoe Bend

Location of Parking - Page, AZ 86040

I recommend to visit during sunset for the beautiful colorful sky. The parking is always crowded but it’s very close to the scenic spot. You will have to walk up around 10-15 minutes and will see Horseshoe Bend.

The next location is Forrest Gump Point, which about 2 hours away. I recommend you to stay at Page and head out early morning to catch sunrise at Forrest Gump Point.

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Forrest Gump Point

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You will park on the side of the road and will see the beautiful scenic. The best time to visit and take picture at this spot is in the morning.

Forrest Gump Point

Forrest Gump Point

Moab

Arches and Canyonlands National Park is very close to Moab. I recommend to stay in Moab during the visit of these two national parks.

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Canyonlands National Park

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Mesa Arch is the most popular spot for Canyonlands National Park. The parking is at trailhead. You only need to hike 5 minutes and see this arch. Mesa Arch is not very big. Therefore five to eight photographers would be enough to cover a good spot to get pictures. Please go early in the morning.

Mesa Arch

Mesa Arch

Mesa Arch

Mesa Arch

Arches National Park

Delicate Arch

Distance: 3.2 mile round trip
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Elevation Gain: 670 feet
Length of Time: 1.5 hour
Trailhead: Click here
Best time for picture: Sunset

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Double Arch

Distance: 0.5 mile round trip
Difficulty: easy
Elevation Gain: 32 feet
Length of Time: 15 minutes
Trailhead: Click here
Best time for picture: Anytime

Double Arch

Double Arch

Balance Rock

Balance Rock

Goblin Valley State Park

Hoodoo Garden at Carmel Canyon Trail

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Place to stay - Ruby Inn

Inspiration Point

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Inspiration Point has a very nice trail that you can walk around. Sunrise would be best for this spot. There are rock with interesting formation in the area. You will definitely enjoy the hike.

Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point

Thor Hammer

Thor Hammer

Thor Hammer

Valley of Fire State Park

Fire Wave

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Fire Wave

Fire Wave

Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock