The Crack

Zion National Park, UT


The Crack (also known as The Chute) is a simple 5-inch x 25-ft. fracture line in the red river bed, only a few hundred yards from the Subway entrance. As the water from the North Creek flows through the crack, it creates a fascinating visual contrast between the crimson rock and water.

During the fall, photographers sometimes place gold or red maple leaves next to the crack to add extra dimension. When hiking to the Subway, definitely make time to stop and photograph this simple visual work of art. This is not as easy as it looks, so make sure you read the special nuances of the shot below.

The Crack is located toward the very end of the grueling 4.5-mile hike (Left Fork North Creek - Subway) through the Kolob Terrace in Zion National Park. The hike is not for the weak or the faint of heart, but at the end you are rewarded with 3 GREAT photographic opportunities (Archangel Fall, the Crack, and the iconic Subway).


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  • GPS Coordinates & Elevation

    We provide exact GPS coordinates (in both DDM and DD formats) & elevation with automatic links directly into Google maps.

  • Trail Difficulty (1 out of 5)

    Know beforehand what you are getting into! We provide a quick overview of the location. Is it easy, moderate or difficult to access?

  • Directions

    For each location we provide detailed directions along with a direct link to Google maps allowing turn by turn directions.

  • Best Time of Day to Shoot

    It is all about the light! We help you plan your trip and let you know if the location is a sunrise, sunset or anytime shot.

  • Best Time of Year to Shoot

    Sunrise might be best in summer or the water fall conditions are best for spring. We will let you know.

  • What Lens(es) Do You Need

    If you are hiking a long distance, weight is important. We provide which lens(es) are needed to help lighten your load.

  • Special Nuances of the Shot

    Not every place is as you might think. We provide a personal insight to the location and an approach to taking the shot.

  • Google Maps Birds-Eye-View

    For each location we provide a birds-eye view to provide a better understanding of the layout and terrain of the location.

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