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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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I actually just happened to drive across the bridge right before sunset with no prior knowledge of it. I immediately pulled over after seeing the view and set up my tripod. It must have been a fluke night because only one other person joined me about 10 minutes after I got there. So if you want solitude to enjoy this beautiful spot, I suggest going in February.

I agree that this is a fantastic experience any time of day, but especially as the sun is setting! Whether or not you're there to photograph, just watching and appreciating it in the moment is awesome.

Incredible sunset view. If you want to avoid multiple people on the bridge, hike down to the water's edge and get some good long exposure shots of the river flowing and still get the the amazing view.

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