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Photographing the Sunset at Canyon Junction Bridge

Hurricane, Utah

based on 20 reviews


Added by Tiffany Nguyen

Best spot to photograph the Watchman, the most iconic peak in Zion National Park. During sunset, the sandstone face of the Watchman glows red-orange when the sun hits it. Sunset is a very popular time for photographers here so take the shuttle since there are limited spaces. River access to get down to the Virgin River to explore more.

The view of the Watchman from Canyon Junction Bridge is one of the most highly photographed views in Zion National Park. Located nearby the South Visitor Center, this beautiful and easily accessible viewpoint is frequented by many visitors of Zion National Park. Parking is sparse so be sure to go early or you can walk from the visitor center. It’s not uncommon to find nearly 50 photographers at Canyon Junction Bridge during sunset so be sure to get here well before sunset to post up in the perfect spot for your shot.

Without a doubt, the best time to shoot at Canyon Junction Bridge is during sunset. As the sun sets in the West, you will see the Watchman light up with a golden glow against the red colored sandstone walls. No matter what time of year you’re visiting, you won’t be disappointed by the dynamic scenery of the valley. Be sure to walk down to the Virgin River to explore and find other shots as well. Night photography is also popular at this spot, but not nearly as crowded as sunset. Be sure to bring flashlights as it is difficult for cars to spot you while standing on the bridge at night.

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Tiffany is correct the best time to photograph this place is at sunset but arrive at least an hour before to claim your spot maybe even 2 hours in the spring through fall months! I live in Vegas and often make this drive because the sunsets in Utah are some of the best I've seen in the United States! Great post Tiffany!

Zion National Park is such an amazing place, especially this spot. I remember when I started this hike how awesome the view was from the bridge. Definitely recommend checking out this spot. Tiffany captured it perfectly at sunset.

If you're in Zion you have to get this obligatory shot. Your photos won't look any different than every other shot I've ever seen of this, but it's a beautiful view in person.

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