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Photographing the Sunset at Canyon Junction Bridge

Hurricane, Utah

4.4/5
based on 20 reviews

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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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Reviews

The view from the Canyon Junction Bridge is phenomenal in either direction for night photography. Besides being a great location you also won't have to compete with all the photographers and tourists who show up for sunset or watch your back for the shuttle buses! I was heading to the airport at night and was driving across this bridge and it was so beautiful I had to stop. It wasn't even a planned stop and the photos I got from this spot during a full moon are some of my favorite night photos to date!

Aim to visit this spot in winter or early Spring. The view is one of a kind no matter what but you will be fighting a large crowd during peak months. I was here in December and there were maybe a dozen people taking pictures

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