November 2, 2021

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Zion National Park in Utah



This was my first time ever visiting Zion National Park in Utah and I think it definitely lives up to the hype – photos do not do this place justice!

This was just one stop during my 10-day solo road trip through the Southwest USA and I am so glad I didn’t skip it.

I happened to visit Zion on a holiday weekend, so I was only able to explore the park for half a day before all the crowds came in – after 10am it was impossible to find parking anywhere. But I managed to catch the sunrise by hiking the Canyon Overlook Trail early in the morning, and explored Canyon Scenic Drive for photo ops with the remainder of my time there.

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Canyon Overlook Trail



Zion Canyon Overlook Trail

I opted to catch the sunrise from the viewpoint at Canyon Overlook Trail.

It’s a quick and easy hike and watching the sun coming up over the canyon was absolutely worth waking up at 4am for.

Read more: A Guide for Hiking Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion National Park



Zion Canyon Scenic Drive



Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

After my morning hike I drove through Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to explore more of the park from my car.

The park was so crowded at this point that I couldn’t find parking anywhere in the designated lots. However, I managed to find a spot off the side of the road to stop and have breakfast.

Zion Canyon Scenic Drive tunnel
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive


Have you visited Zion National Park in Utah? Share your favorite photo-worthy spots with me in the comments below!


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I’m a solo traveler & photographer based in Southern California, on a mission to explore the world and inspire you to do the same.

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