Explore the top spots in Zion National Park & Surroundings
Top places to photograph in Zion National Park & Surroundings in 2023
These are the very best Zion National Park & Surroundings Instagram spots, curated by the PhotoHound team. If you've got limited time here, these are the must-see locations to shoot while you're in Zion National Park & Surroundings!
Despite its relatively small acreage, Snow Canyon packs a tremendous punch of extremely scenic spots along its 4-mile long Scenic Road and numerous trails: intensely colorful sandstone cliffs ranging from white to deep red, cross-bedded domes alternating with black lava fields and tunnels, finely eroded slickrock, lovely pink sand dunes, arches, slot canyons, and great views from several easily-reached promontories. All this results in excellent photographic opportunities.
Snow Canyon has seen its visitation skyrocket in recent years due to a steady influx of population in the neighboring St. George area. It has also benefited from the popularity of outdoor sports such as running, cycling, and rock climbing as well as several nearby spa resorts specializing in weight reduction (ex: The Biggest Loser, Red Mountain Spa, etc.)
The vista from the top of Angels Landing is sensational and well worth the effort. You can see the entrance to Zion Canyon opening up to the right, while in the center you get a breathtaking view of the Great White Throne. To the left, the canyon meanders toward the Temple of Sinawava.
The hike follows the gated dirt road for about a mile from the car park, before joining the creek. From here on, you walk alternatively on the banks and in the stream bed, crossing the creek multiple times before encountering the narrows after about 0.75 miles. After a short section of narrows you'll come to the first of the Lower Falls (actually a rock jam) which presents the first obstacle, at mile 2.3. A ladder is conveniently wedged on the right side of the falls, with steps for you to climb on and a rope to hang on to. Although there is no guarantee that this ladder will still be there by the time you read this, chances are there will be something in place to help you negotiate the 15-foot drop. This hike is extremely popular with the locals, especially on weekends and in summer, so you may have to wait in line to climb the ladder. In any case, it's bound to be wet and slippery, so watch your step when climbing up and back down. After passing this obstacle, you'll find the second of the Lower Falls almost immediately,consisting of a lovely cascade. Most people turn around here. By scrambling up on the right side you can reach the next level without too much difficulty and continue to the Upper Falls (37.544016°, -113.140046°). In a rainy year, this section may require you to walk in thigh-high, possibly very cold water.
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