Zion National Park

Zion National Park is one of the most visited national parks, and with good reason. You won’t see huge rocks and red landscape like this anywhere else.

A photowalk in Zion means some driving, some hiking, and sitting on shuttle buses, waiting to get to your destination, as for much of the year, the park entrance is closed to drivers.

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You’ll start in Springdale, the little town outside of Zion, because you’ll probably be staying there. (Our favorite local restaurant: the Bit &  Spur for Mexican fare.) From Springdale, you’ll catch the shuttle bus to get into the park. You’ll need to book a reservation the night before by going to http://www.recreation.gov  How to get the shuttle: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/zion-canyon-shuttle-tickets.htm

Visitor Center

This is a first stop for many, to pick up maps of the trails. It has a fine gift shop as well.

Zion Lodge

Directly across from the Lodge is a popular and relatively easy trail, the Emerald Pools. The pools hike gives you a choice of an easy, intermediate or tougher hike, with all leading to the great waterfall view.

The Lodge is a great place for lunch, with a spectacular view of the park.

Courtyard of the Patriarchs & Angels Landing

Angel’s Landing is a steep hike with an awesome overview. Loaded Landscapes cautions that while Angel’s is one of the most stunning views in the park, it’s not easy to get to and will take most of the day just to do round trip. “It’s quite steep and strenuous with sharp drops at many places. This hike is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights.” Like some 17 people have died from up there, so be careful.

The Narrows

This is the money shot for your Zion Photowalk. It’s a hike that begins on dry land, and as you continue further, running water will greet you, so dress appropriately. Be prepared for water to go as high as your waist. Many local outfitters rent waterproof outfits to make the hike more enjoyable. The key for this shot is to have the long, flowing water fly by. It’s best captured at a super low shutter speed, like 5 seconds or more. So don’t forget your tripod and Neutral density filter to make it possible to shoot at the low shutter speed. If you’re on a smartphone, try the Live Photos Long Exposure trick