Capitol Reef is one of the most beautiful places in Utah. The park is a spectacular array of sandstone folded and shaped by nature. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch encourage you to come capture the beauty of Capitol Reef. Whether you are a professional photographer or simply an avid fan, Capitol Reef will not disappoint those who come to photograph its wonder.
While the whole of Capitol Reef National Park is worthy of being photographed, we at the Lodge have compiled a list of some of the best photo op sites in the park. Check out this list if you are serious about getting the best shots.
Sulfur Creek Narrows – Sulfur Creek shares a trailhead with the better-known Chimney Rock. Located just a few miles north of the visitor’s center, Sulfur Creek has created a narrow canyon formation. The narrows flow with water during certain times of year. Expect to hike into the canyon for the best shots.
Gooseneck Canyon – The Fremont River has etched out a deep canyon that runs from the gateway town of Torrey deep into Capitol Reef. The ensuing eons of erosion have created a unique decaying look to the canyon walls.
Mulley Twist – Located deep in the Waterpocket Fold proper, Mulley Twist is a compilation of the best of Capitol Reef National Park. The trail is divided into an upper and lower section. You can find bridges, arches, great overlooks as well as deep narrow slot canyons. In addition, dozens of side canyons can be explored to add even more photo ops.
Cathedral Valley – This northernmost section of Capitol Reef is admittedly the most barren. However, the monoliths that rise starkly from the sand floor, lit by the setting sun, make great shots.
Capitol Reef is an amazing place to hike, explore, and to photograph. We’re sure of it.