Zion National Park Sunset Tour
Difficulty: Depends on Itinerary
You'll see some of the most spectacular scenery in the Southwest on our Zion Photo Tours. It's a paradise for photographers! There are many spots we can take you for evening light away from the crowds. Experience the towering walls of The Narrows, peer over gigantic vistas, feel the spray of waterfalls, gasp at brilliant fall color, photograph wildlife, or enjoy intimate forest scenes. For those wanting to do a photo tour through the Narrows, the sunrise tour is the only option we offer. Let us show you the magic of this park on our Zion Photo Tours! For night photography in Zion, please book our Night Photo Tour. Find more detailed information in the Trip Details Tab below. Contact Us with any questions or concerns.
Tour Length: 8 hours
Drive Time: Around an hour each way.
Time Spent on Location: Approx 6 hours
Tour Departure Time: Please see the time listed on your booking since the times vary throughout the year. Please arrive around 10 mins early to load your gear and finish the check-in process. The return time is approximately 8 hours after the departure time. Note that we operate on Utah time which is one hour ahead of Las Vegas. During the months of Daylight Savings (approx mid-March through early Nov), Utah is also one hour ahead of Arizona. Please take this into consideration if traveling from out of state.
Tour Pricing: Please click on the Book Your Tour button for the latest pricing. Note that most of our tours require a 2-person minimum. Single individuals can always go, but may need to pay the 2-person rate if nobody else decides to join.
Tour Meetup Location: You will meet at our home in Kanab, UT the day of your tour. The address will be given in your confirmation letter. This is a safe place to park your vehicle. If you like, you can leave any valuables inside the house. Once you arrive, we’ll ask you to load your gear and sign a liability release waiver. If you haven’t yet paid in full, we’ll take the remaining payment via cash or credit card. Contact us if you are unable to get to the meet-up spot and we’ll make alternate arrangements. Las Vegas is the closest major airport to Kanab. There is no public transportation to Kanab, so you’ll need your own rental car or private vehicle. We recommend that you stay in a hotel in Kanab the evening of your tour. There are many good hotels in the area like Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn & Suites, and the Canyons Botique.
Tour Meetup in Springdale: We often get requests to pick-up folks in Springdale or at the Zion Lodge. If you want us to pick you up here, PLEASE CONTACT US AHEAD OF TIME TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS. Note that the tour time will be 2 hours less since we won’t have the 1hr drive time to/from Kanab.
Permits: No permits are required to access the areas we’ll be going in Zion National Park.
Weather Conditions: Zion National Park can be at its best during inclement weather. Since the roads are paved, we won’t have any access issues unless there are rock slides or deep snow. Zion is a great destination when it’s raining. The crowds thin out, the waterfalls start flowing, and the foliage turns deep green. Note that we cannot offer refunds due to weather unless we cannot go out at all. Don’t despise inclement weather – that is often when you get the most dramatic photos! Just make sure you dress and prepare adequately for the weather.
Trip Itinerary: The exact tour itinerary is flexible based on current conditions, fitness levels of the group, and what the group is interested in. We will take you to many of the best spots for evening light, both in and around the National Park. Note that we do not serve the Kolob Canyons section of the park.
Hiking / Fitness: Zion trips can be tailored to the fitness levels of the group. If you’re up to it, we’ll take you on some long, strenuous hikes with amazing views. We can also do a driving tour with just short walks to photo spots. Most of our tours will end up somewhere between the two extremes.
Food/Water: We do not provide food on our outings. All participants should bring food/water to hold them through dinner and while hiking. Many folks will eat their dinner during the drive back to Kanab. We will have a cooler where you can store food and drink.
What to Wear: You should check the weather forecast prior to coming on the trip. If it’s going to be hot, wear light-colored clothing and a hat. If the temperatures are cold, bring some warm layers and long pants. Don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen. Even when it’s warm outside, the temperature can drop quickly after the sun sets. You may wish to bring a light jacket for the evening. If it’s very cold and or windy, don’t forget a warm hat and some gloves. If rain or snow is in the forecast, bring a rain jacket. We recommend wearing sturdy footwear in Zion National Park due to uneven terrain and sand.
Cell Phones: Bring your cell phone along! They are great for capturing candid images. Plus, most folks will have cell service when near Springdale. There are USB ports in our vehicles so bring a charging cable if you need one.
Group Size: Our groups will never exceed 5 people per guide. We like to keep our photo tours small so we can give adequate individual attention. For those photographers that feel more independent, we will allow you to wander away from the group and explore on your own within reasonable limits.
Camera Gear: You can make use of just about any lens in Zion. A wide angle zoom lens is useful in the canyons and slickrock areas (equivalent 16-35 on a full-frame camera or 10-22mm on a crop sensor). A mid-range lens in the range of 30-100mm will provide nice scale and compression. Telephoto lenses will be useful for the wildlife opportunities we encounter. There are even places for macro photos! Bring as many lenses as you like – just ensure your pack isn’t too heavy if we’re going to be doing significant hiking. All participants should bring a tripod. For filters, a circular polarizer can come in handy for removing the glare from the water. A neutral density filter can be nice to smooth out rough water or create long exposures for fast moving clouds. Don’t forget extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies. Please contact us if you’d like to rent any camera gear for your outing.
Night Photography: Occasionally we get requests to stay out later for night photography. If this is something the group wants to do, we can stay around 2.5 hrs after sunset to capture the stars. The cost of this add-on is $99/person. We will only do this extension if skies are clear and everyone in the group agrees to it. We will offer night photography instruction during this session.
Safety: Our guides are trained in CPR/First-Aid. All 4WD vehicles are equipped with extraction equipment and a first-aid kit. We carry a satellite beacon with us in case of emergencies outside of cell range.
Cancellation/Re-Scheduling: Please see our Terms and Conditions.