Some of the best nature photography in the world comes from Southern Utah. Zion, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon National Parks are prime locations for professional and amateur photographers alike. We, at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, are supporters of both art and adventure. A photography trip to Southern Utah combines these to create a fun and memorable expedition. If you are interested in photography, consider visiting these locations, which we consider some of the most scenic in the region.
Waterpocket Fold – this is the southern portion of Capitol Reef National Park. It is rarely visited and is truly unspoiled, virgin territory. Some of best slot canyons can be found in this area. Hiking into the Lower Mulley Twist is a breath taking experience. The Henry Mountain Range can be accessed from the Waterpocket Fold road. The Henry’s contain one of only four pure, wild buffalo populations in the nation.
Kolob Canyon – this is an extension to Zion National Park, located further north, and accessed from I-15. It too is less visited, and even less often hiked. Take the time to hike the View Point trail at sunset; you should get some pretty amazing shots. Consider photographing the Island in the Sky or hiking into Taylor Creek. We especially like how light and shadow play on the canyon walls.
Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks – there is never a bad time to photograph Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s a great location anytime of the year. If however, you feel the venue is a little overworked, consider going southwest to Cedar Breaks. Cedar Breaks is nicknamed “Little Bryce” and it is just as spectacular, although somewhat smaller. But we think the overlook is even better than the one at Bryce Canyon.
These are just three locations to visit on a photography tour of Southern Utah. There are hundreds more.