Your camera is the first thing to include on your list when visiting Bryce Canyon Country. In this day and age, it is so easy to capture and share your pictures, and you’ll impress your friends around the world with what you are seeing and doing in the Bryce Canyon region.
Where are some of the best places to shoot photographs? Here’s a few suggestions:
(Hoodoo formations, trails)
Bryce Canyon National Park is a photographer’s dream, with some of the most unique formations found anywhere in the world.
Sunset Point and Inspiration Point
Offers great photo opportunities throughout the day as changing light and shadows play off the textures of rock but, for these locations, the best light is often found in early morning and late evening.
The Navajo Loop trail
is a good location for midday shots inside the towering hoodoo formations.
Bryce Point and Sunrise Point
Are often best photographed as sunrise washes over Bryce Amphitheater adding vibrant morning light.
can be a great location for stunning sunset shots.
(alpine lakes, scenic vistas, wildlife)
(rock formations, scenic road, scenic overlooks)
(rock formations, slot canyons)
Venture to Devil’s Garden, into the side slot canyons, or all the way to the end for the Hole In The Rock. This area offers some of the most remote wilderness in the U.S. , along with miles of back-country roads. Keep an eye out for wildlife and birds—you may even capture a shot of a golden eagle or a rare California condor. Shoot slot canyons when there is plenty of light overhead.
Kodachrome Basin State Park
(rock formations, trails)
This Utah state park has a well-deserved reputation as a photographer’s paradise. In 1948, after seeing the colorful formations gleaming beneath brilliant blue skies, photographers with the National Geographic Society nicknamed the area for Kodak’s new Kodachrome film. While you’re in this area you can go a few more miles to capture nearby Grosvenor Arch. Best shot in morning and evening light.
(historic pioneer homes, downtown historic district facades).
Petrified Forest State Park
(petrified trees, scenic overlooks)
(Hoodoo formations, rock tunnels, trails)
Red Canyon is just 12 miles west of Bryce Canyon National Park along Scenic Byway 12, and it offers similar red-rock scenery and hoodoos, while surrounded by the lush greenery of Dixie National Forest.
Scenic Byway 12
This road runs approximately 120 miles from near Panguitch and up past Boulder, Utah. Red Canyon (mentioned above) and other attractions are found along the way, but you’ll appreciate the many overlooks that offer grand scenic vistas.
Carry spare batteries, and extra memory disks, as it isn’t uncommon to shoot many more shots than you anticipated. If you don’t have a tripod then rest your camera on your car, a fence post, tree branch, or something steady to ensure that your shots are crisp and clean. Take time to frame your shots and remember to focus on the smaller details of nature as well as the big picture.