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Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon

 

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
(WITH MAPS AND PHOTOS)

 

Bryce Canyon National Park is a photographer’s dream!

Here are my favorite photography locations and viewpoints in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Plus BONUS! How to take great photos in Bryce Canyon National Park!

 

 

 

 

MAP OF BEST PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK 

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
Map of Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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NUMBER 1

INSPIRATION POINT –

THE MOST FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION IN BRYCE CANYON 

 

Inspiration Point is the most famous photography location in Bryce Canyon National Park. The views of the main amphitheater are simply off the charts!

The Silent City with its many rows of hoodoos set against the backdrop of Boat Mesa is, no doubt, one of the most famous images of Bryce Canyon National Park.

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
The view of the Bryce Canyon from Inspiration Point.

 

Inspiration Point is a popular spot to photograph sunrise as well as sunset. Or, to photograph the Bryce Canyon at any time of the day from sunrise to sunset. It is the best place to catch all the colors of the Bryce Canyon from glowing reds, and oranges, to bright pinks.

Also, Inspiration Point is the best place to see the Bryce Canyon and to really get the idea how vast the entire area is.

So, if your time is limited, then head directly to Inspiration Point. It is a great photography location in the Bryce Canyon!

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
View of the Bryce Canyon from Inspiration Point.

 

HOW TO GET TO INSPIRATION POINT IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

 

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Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon National Park is located no more than 1.5 miles from the Visitor Center. You can drive or you can take the Park Shuttle to Inspiration Point parking lot.

If you decide to drive, then proceed south from the Visitor Center, next make a left and then another left until you reach Inspiration Point parking area. However, be prepared that it might be challenging to find a parking spot.

 

 

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NUMBER 2

SUNRISE POINT – 

MY FAVORITE PLACE TO PHOTOGRAPH SUNSET IN THE BRYCE CANYON

 

YES! You are reading this correctly!

Sunrise Point is one of the best sunset photography locations in Bryce Canyon National Park. It is my favorite spot to photograph sunset in the Bryce Canyon as well.

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
View from Sunrise Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

 

 

Sunrise Point is the most northernly spot in the Bryce Canyon and will give you the best views of the Bryce Amphitheater at sunset. In addition, it is also the best place to see the sun’s final light along the western horizon.

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
Sunset in Bryce Canyon National Park.

 

HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH SUNSET IN THE BRYCE CANYON 

 

All in all, the best light happens just after sunset. It is known as the Golden Hour. The light is warmer and softer and there are no sharp shadows during the Golden Hour.

In the Bryce Canyon, during the Golden Hour, the hoodoos produce even warmer colors. In order to capture these colors you will need to use a long exposure selection on your camera.

How do you do a long exposure? Simply, turn your camera’s mode dial to Manual and use a slow shutter speed (5-30 seconds) for a longer exposure. Additionally, use your camera self-timer to take a photo.

Now, hang around a little bit more after the sunset and wait for the famous Blue Hour.

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park.

 

The Blue Hour It happens when the sun is at a significant depth below the horizon and residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue shade.

During the Blue Hour, the Bryce Amphitheatre completely changes and the white tops of the hoodoos beautifully contrast with the deep dark orange colors of the canyon. Also, pay attention to the sky! If you are lucky, you might get some beautiful shots of the background with the dark blue sky.

 

HOW TO GET TO SUNRISE POINT IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK 

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
Sunrise Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Once you get to the Visitor Center, continue south for no more than 0.5 miles until you reach a junction. Be on the lookout for the sign pointing to Sunrise Point. At the junction, turn left and continue for about 0.5 miles until you reach another junction. Next, follow the sign pointing in the direction of Sunset Point/General Store.

Finally, turn left again and continue for about 0.2 miles until you reach the Sunrise Point parking area.

 

 

NUMBER 3

PARIA VIEW –

ANOTHER GREAT SUNSET PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

 

If you are looking for a stunning sunset photo location in Bryce Canyon National Park, then head to Paria View!

Paria View is an overlook that sits in the north section of the part and where the rock formations face west. Needless to say, it is a perfect spot to catch the evening light.

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
View of the Bryce Canyon from Paria View.

 

 

If at all possible, go to Bryce Canyon National Park in winter. The entire park takes on a complexity different look all blanketed in snow. Needless to say, the sunsets off Paria View are even more dramatic in winter!

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park in winter.

 

HOW TO GET TO PARIA VIEW IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
Paria View in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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To be honest, if you are visiting Bryce Canyon National Park during summertime then use the shuttle! It is easy to use and it stops at all the major viewpoints and you don’t have to waste time looking and waiting for a parking spot. Trust me, finding a parking spot can be tough during summer months.

If you decide to take a shuttle, then get off at Bryce Point and walk over to Paria View. If you decide to drive, then there is a small parking lot next to Paria View and hopefully you can find some empty spots.

 

 

NUMBER 4

SUNSET POINT – 

THE BEST SUNRISE PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK 

 

Sunset Point sits at 8,000 feet and offers the most dramatic views of Bryce Canyon’s main amphitheater.

I think that it is the best sunrise photography location in Bryce Canyon National Park. However, I have to tell you that, it is absolutely stunning at any time of day! The hoodoos seem to come alive in a rainbow of color as the light changes throughout the day.

 

 

The deal is that you should not miss Thor’s Hammer. It is one of the most well-known formations in Bryce Canyon National Park. It towers over the Silent City from Sunset Point’s vista.

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
Thor’s Hammer in the Bryce Canyon National Park.

 

 

The best part is that the Navajo Loop Trail starts right at Sunset Point. It is one of the best hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park descending 550 feet into Bryce Canyon and allowing you to take some incredible photos of hoodoos up close and personal!

 

HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS AT SUNRISE IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

 

The Bryce Canyon is beautiful just before the sunrise!

Make sure to arrive at your favorite sunrise spot in the Bryce Canyon well before sunrise. It is known as the Golden Hour and the light during the Golden Hour is warm and soft.

Next, wait for the first sun rays appearing on the horizon and literally making the hoodoos glow. During this time use a tripod and remote shutter release. However, be quick because the rising sun will make the light too intense to take pictures.

Also, a reminder! Since you will be arriving well before sunrise, make sure to have a headlamp or a flashlight to help you navigate from the parking lot to your favorite sunrise photography spot.

 

 

HOW TO GET TO SUNSET POINT IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Image Source: NPS 

 

Sunset Point is located about 2.5 miles from the Visitor Center.

In order to get to Sunset Point, you can take the shuttle, which I am highly recommending if you are visiting during summer months.

Otherwise, from the Visitor Center take the main road and proceed for about 2.5 miles until you reach the junction marked with a sign pointing towards Sunset Point. Turn left at the junction and drive for no more than 0.3 miles until you reach the parking area.

 

 

NUMBER 5

BRYCE POINT – 

THE MOST ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION IN GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

 

Bryce Point is famous for sweeping views to the north, across the full length of the hoodoo-filled Bryce Amphitheater.

Inspiration, Sunset, and Sunrise Points can all be seen along the edge of the rim.

Bryce Point is well known for it’s breathtaking sunrises as well as stunning sunsets. You will not go wrong if you head directly to Bryce Point for a chance to catch a great sunset. This is a great spot to see a view of Boat Mesa reflecting the colors of the setting sun.

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon

 

 

Bryce Point is the trailhead for Peek-a-Boo Loop Trail.

It is a great hike that will take you all the way down to see the Wall of the Windows and Three Wise Men formations.

 

 

HOW DID BRYCE CANYON GET ITS NAME? 

Sometime in the 1850’s, scouts were sent by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) to assess the land for it’s potential agricultural and grazing use.The church then sent Ebenezer Bryce and his wife Mary to settle in the Paria Valley, near Tropic, Utah.

Ebenezer and his family decided to settle right below what is now called the “Bryce Amphitheater” – today, this is the main part of the Park; the largest collection of hoodoos. Ebenezer grazed his cattle near the hoodoos and canyons and once wrote that this was a “helluva place to lose a cow”. If you’ve ever been to Bryce Canyon, I’m sure you’d agree! Regardless of losing cows, Bryce Canyon National Park is indeed one “helluva place”. Ebenezer Bryce built a road to the top of Paunsaugunt Plateau for hauling timber. Pioneers starting calling the place “Bryce’s Canyon” and that’s how Bryce Canyon got it’s name.

Source: Bryce Canyon

 

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
Bryce Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

 

HOW TO GET TO BRYCE POINT IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
Bryce Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Image Source: NPS 

 

Bryce Point is located no more than 5.5 miles from the Visitor Center.

Starting at the Visitor Center, take the main road and continue for about 2.5 miles until you reach the junction. Turn left at the junction and continue for about 2 miles until you reach another junction. Turn left again and continue for about 1 mile until you reach a parking area.

 

 

NUMBER 6

 YOVIMPA POINT – 

THE BEST SPOT IN THE BRYCE CANYON TO PHOTOGRAPH THE GRAND STAIRCASE

 

 

Yovimpa Point sitting at 9,100 feet, the highest elevation in Bryce Canyon National Park, offers a great view of the geological Grand Staircase rock layers.

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
View from Yovimpa Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

 

 

 

The Grand Staircase is an immense sequence of sedimentary rock layers that stretch south from Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, through Zion National Park, and into the Grand Canyon National Park.

 

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HOW TO GET TO YOVIMPA POINT IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

 

Yovimpa Point is located at the very end of Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive.

From the Visitor Center take the main road and continue for about 14 miles until you reach Yovimpa Point. Check out my post and make some stops along the way to catch some more great views of the Bryce Canyon.

 



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NUMBER 7

WALL STREET AND SUNRISE POINT – 

THE BEST NIGHTTIME PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION IN THE BRYCE CANYON

 

Wall Street and Sunrise Point are two of my favorite locations for nighttime photography in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Wall Street is the western section of Navajo Loop Trail and gets its name from high, vertical cliffs and very narrow passages. It is a great location to get some awesome photos of hoodoos during the day as well.

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
Wall Street in Bryce Canyon National Park.

 

Another location that I highly recommended for nighttime photography in Bryce Canyon National Park is Sunrise Point.

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
Nighttime in Bryce Canyon National Park.

 

HOW TO TAKE NIGHTTIME PHOTOS IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

 

 

First of all, be patient and practice. It takes time to capture the great images of Milky Way. And, it takes a lot of experimenting with the camera settings.

Follow these nighttime photography rules:

  • Have the camera on manual mode on a sturdy tripod. Turn off image stabilization.
  • Have a wide angle lens between 14mm to 24mm to get a good view of the Milky Way in the frame along with foreground.
  • Set the aperture to the widest – at least f2.8, but if you have only the kit lens, use it at 18mm / f3.5.
  • Start with the lowest ISO possible, about 1600. Depending on the result, you can decrease further or increase the ISO up to 3200, above which the image quality can start to deteriorate.
  • Put your lens on manual focus and focus on the brightest star in the sky. Zoom in on live view and turn the focus ring till the star shows up as a bright point in the screen.
  • Use the mirror lockup feature if using a DSLR to avoid blur due to camera movement.
  • Calculate shutter speed based on one of the rules:
    1. The 500 Rule
    2. The 600 Rule
    3. The NPF Rule

 

 

 

NUMBER 8

QUEENS GARDEN TRAIL –  

GREAT TRAIL IN BRYCE CANYON TO PHOTOGRAPH HOODOOS

 

Queens Garden Trail starts at Sunrise Point and descends about 320 feet into the canyon.

Queens Garden Trail is a short hike at no more than 0.9 miles and can be combined with Navajo Loop Trail. However, if you decide to do this short hike, you will get to some of the best rock formations in Bryce Canyon National Park.

 

Queens Garden and Navajo Loop Trail in the Bryce Canyon.
Queens Garden and Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

 



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NUMBER 9

 

 HOW TO TAKE GREAT PICTURES IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

 

  • Zoom In on the Bryce Canyon

 

I think that it is ok to zoom in on the Bryce Canyon! Needless to say, I often find myself struggling with a need to include the entire panorama in every photo and it is not always necessary.

The Bryce Canyon photography overwhelming because it is simply impossible to convey its sheer magnitude of the Bryce Canyon in a single photo.

Being that, zoom in and capture the formations and clusters of hoodoos.

 

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Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park.

 

  • Arrive Early to Photograph Sunrise or Sunset in Grand Canyon National Park 

 

Arrive way before the sunrise or sunset to secure a good spot. It gets crowded at all the popular viewpoints especially in the summertime.

Now, if you are shooting at sunrise, then I am sure you will be arriving to the Bryce Canyon in complete darkness, so do not forget to grab a flashlight or even better take a headlamp to help you find your way from the parking lot to your favorite spot.

 

  • Include Foreground, Middleground, and Background in Your Photos of the Bryce Canyon 

 

It is important that you give your photos a nice 3-dimentional perspective. First of all, find a strong foreground like a tree, or some rocks. Then, focus on middleground, and finally background.

The Bryce Canyon is vast and getting a sense of scale can be a bit challenging. Another good idea is to include people standing at the rim of the Bryce Canyon. It will help put things in perspective and give some sense of the vastness of the area.

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon
The view of Inspiration Point from Sunrise Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

 

  • Bring a Tripod to Photograph Sunrise and Sunset in the Bryce Canyon

 

Having a tripod will help you minimize the risk of any movement while you are capturing longer exposures and allowing more light to enter the camera.

 

  • Photograph the Bryce Canyon at Sunrise or Sunset 

 

Actually, to be specific, the best light is about 15-30 minutes before the sunrise. It is the proverbial “golden hour” during which the daylight is softer and redder. Needless to say, it is the time during which the hoodoos start to glow.

 

 

INTREPID SCOUT’S POINTERS FOR THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS IN GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

 

  • Do not expect any solitude at these popular photography locations in the Bryce Canyon. You will have plenty of company!

 

  • If you plan on taking pictures at sunrise or sunset, then you need to plan accordingly. First of all, check sunrise and sunset times. Next, check the weather conditions. Finally, allow enough time to get to the best sunrise and sunset photography locations in Grand Canyon National Park. My recommendation is to arrive at least 30 minutes before sunrise or sunset, just in time for the Golden Hour.

 

  • It can be very cold in the morning even during summer months. So, make sure to dress warmly and dress in layers. The weather can change within a few hours, so be prepared.

 

  • Finally, if at all possible, visit the Bryce Canyon in winter. It looks awesome blanketed in snow! I guarantee you will not be able to stop taking pictures.

 

Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon

 

Also, to give you more ideas for some other great spots for photography locations check out my other posts:

Best Photography Locations in Grand Teton National Park (with Maps and Photos)

Best Photography Locations in Grand Canyon National Park (with Maps and Photos)

 

 

 

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