The watchman

Zion National Park, UT


Zion National Park is truly a remarkable place to visit, hike, enjoy nature and to photograph. One of the most recognizable photo locations in the park is The Watchman Overlook. From the Canyon Junction Bridge looking south you are presented with a romantic view of the great southwest like few other places. 

The Watchman Overlook has many wonderful things going for it: the curving Virgin River leading your eye into the distance, beautiful trees lining the riverbed, a rocky riverbed that creates soft wrinkles in the water, a layered mountain range in the distance with The Watchman watching over the scene. And at sunset (or sunrise) you get the glorious red glow of the Watchman’s cliffs and rosy red clouds in the distance.


21 Data Points for Each Location

Here’s what we provide

  • 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.

  • + 13 Other Data Points

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