Zion National Park & Surroundings USA

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Discover the top photo spots in Zion National Park

Laurent Martres presents 36 awesome photo locations and over 125 inspirational images in and around Zion National Park, one of southern Utah’s most dramatic natural wonders. Vermillion cliffs, verdant valleys, awe-inspiring rock formations and lush vegetation make this a must-visit park for any photographer.


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Zion Canyon is a must, as it packs a tremendous amount of scenic locations. There are the “no-brainers” requiring almost no walking: the Towers of the Virgin, Court of the Patriarchs, Photo Point, and the Temple of Sinawava.

For those willing to do a little walking I recommend Lower Emerald Pools.

For arduous hikes with sensational views head to Angels Landing and Observation Point.

And for the ultimate Zion Canyon you simply have to experience the Narrows.

Outside of the Canyon, The Subway ‘from the Bottom’ is a world-class photography location, but it requires a long hike and a permit. Time permitting, you should also drive the Zion Plateau to the East entrance.

In the vicinity of the Park, make a point of visiting the amazing Snow Canyon, and for the more advanturous try Yant Flat.


From late March to early November as well as weekends in November, a mandatory shuttle service is in place to reduce congestion and pollution in the Valley. The service runs smoothly and delivers you and your camera gear to the location of your choice in the Canyon. Shuttle schedules vary depending on the season and may be subject to change. Shuttles run from 6 am (from the Visitor Center) to 9:15 pm (from the Temple of Sinawava) with an average wait of 15 minutes or less during peak hours. The shuttle trip to the end of the canyon takes 45 minutes.

Note that the Visitor Center parking lot usually fills up by mid-morning. If that’s the case, you must park in Springdale and take a first shuttle from town to the Visitor Center.

If you are visiting by car outside the mandatory shuttle season, you can travel with the sun as it crosses the valley and harvest a great crop of photos.

If you travel by RV, note that there are some parking restrictions in the Valley. Also and you will need an escort to go through the tunnel on the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway (aka Scenic Byway 9) leading to and from the Plateau.

The Best Photo Locations In Zion National Park

We show you where, when and how to get the very best travel photos in Zion National Park, Utah.


About The Author

Laurent Martres

Paris-born photographer Laurent Martres has travelled extensively and lived in France, Japan, Spain, Germany, the UK and is now settled the US. With a background in both freelance photography and software publishing, a move into publishing books came naturally and his company PhotoTrip USA Publishing has provided useful planning and photography guide books to numerous photographers since the publication of his first guide, Land of the Canyons in 1998. Laurent now spends his time overseeing authors of new and published books as well as travelling the globe selling his photography at high-end art festivals and giving photography talks.