Landscape Photography in the Southwest: Part II- Utah and Wyoming

A roundup of interesting places I found photographing in the Canyonlands, Arches and the Tetons.

Arches, Canyonlands, Tetons

As you start looking at the national parks outside Colorado, but still within a day's drive; three places look attractive - Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Eastern Utah and the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. These places are outstanding for landscape photography. I drove to Utah during Christmas 2014 and to the Tetons in Autumn 2015. Here are a few photograph and notes from those trips.

Photo of Delicate Arch through a window in the rocks.

Delicate Arch in the Arches National Park. There is a small window in the rocks about 100ft before the trail reaches the Arch. Winter.

Photo of False Kiva in the Canyonlands National Park

False Kiva in Canyonlands. Location not marked on maps. Looking south-west. Winter. Sunset.

Photo of the Mesa Arch in the Canyonlands National Park

Mesa arch in Canyonlands. Sunrise. Looking east. Winter.

Photo of Canyonlands National Park

White Rim Road overlook. Canyonlands National Park.

Arches and Mesas

The rugged landscape of eastern Utah is great for photographing in the winter. The snow on the red rocks creates great contrast and it's easier to hike in winter compared to summer. When I visited Arches though, there was a snow-storm and it was pretty miserable out there.

Island in the Sky region of the Canyonlands is perfect if you don't want to hike. There are plenty of overlooks along the road. If you wish, you can take short hikes to the Upheaval Dome, False Kiva etc.

In the Arches, most probably you would want to take short hikes to reach the most popular spots for photography - Delicate Arch and Windows. But the hikes are well worth it.

Photo of the Delicate Arch.

Delicate Arch in the Arches National Park. Sunset. Winter.

Photo of the Windows in Arches National Park

Windows in Canyonlands. Looking west. Winter. Sunrise.

The Tetons

In short, you want to go there in Fall and you want to visit Oxbow Bend and Schwabacher's Landing. Other interesting places in the park from the photography perspective include Jackson Lake, Jelly Lake and Signal Moutain. If you plan to camp, the campgrounds in the Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake area provide great access to these locations.

Photo of the Jackson lake in Grand Tetons National Park.

Jackson Lake in the Grand Tetons National Park. Sunset. Fall.

Photo of the Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park

Jenny Lake in Fall. Grand Tetons National Park.

Photo of the Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park

Schwabacher Landing in the Tetons. Looking west. Fall. Sunrise.

Photo of the Oxbow Bend in Grand Tetons National Park.

Oxbow Bend in the Tetons. Sunrise. Looking west. Fall.

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