Arches & Canyonlands National Park

I’ve been to a few National Parks in Utah and I’m not the biggest fan of them, I think these two might be the best ones in the state.

While driving across the country to visit my family in Michigan for the holidays I decided to stop at Arches and Canyonlands because it was literally on the way. If you’re looking for a cool park to visit in the winter time these two definitely don’t disappoint. While I didn’t have much time there I wouldn’t hesitate to come back. Arches and Canyonlands are really close to each other so you can easily visit them both in one trip. I highly recommend going in the winter time because Mesa Arch (photos below) is completely packed in the summer time and it’s almost impossible to get a shot in. There were about 7 photographers or so before I got there and that was hard enough to shoot.

Arches is a lot bigger of a park than I expected. One really cool thing is in the winter time you can see a big glacier in the distance adding a nice contrast to your photos along with the whole desert thing. I also recommend going when there’s no moon, I happen to go when the moon was almost full and it looked like daytime outside. Doing some astrophotography out there with the arches would be so amazing!

Monument Valley isn’t too far away either, I’ve never been there but I can tell there’s some sweet photographic opportunities out there as well. I’m sure I’ll be out there at some point in 2017.

One really big upside of visiting any National Park in Utah is everything is super cheap! Decent food is probably the biggest expense but everything else is super cheap. It practically cost nothing to stay in a good hotel out there, highly recommend instead of camping.

Also, shout out to the two cool Canadian dudes visiting from Toronto I met there while I was shooting at night, Vince and Tom. They gave me the Mesa Arch hint the night before, thanks guys!

Gear Used:

Canon 5DS

Canon 5DS-R

Rokinon 14mm F/2.8

Canon 16-35mm F/2.8L III

Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L II

Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II

Really Right Stuff 5DS L Bracket

Induro GTT204M2 

Induro 8M AT-413

Induro BHD2 Ball Head

Lowepro ProTactic 450AW Backpack

Formatt Hitech 100mm Aluminum Filter Holder

Formatt Hitech Firecrest 100mm 10 Stop ND

 

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