December 12, 2018
I love locations with beautiful, epic views! Here are some of my favorite adventurous outdoor locations to take my client’s engagement photos. I separated the locations into 5 categories – Mountains & Lakes, Beige & Beachy, Water, and Flowers. I have also included some bonus destination locations that would be such a fun adventure for your engagement photos or even for your elopement! From there I sorted them from North to South and included the address for you 🙂 I am always open to exploring new places so I would love to hear your beautiful spots in the comments below!
Ogden Canyon – Historic Ogden Canyon Kiln, Ogden, Utah 84403
I like to meet at the Kiln and hike up a real easy trail, it is a fun little adventure!
Mueller Park – Mueller Park Picnic Area, Mueller Park Rd, Bountiful, Utah 84010
This is a sweet little spot for yellow wildflowers and thick trees. There are lots of cute bridges and picnic tables.
Ensign Peak – 1002 North Ensign Vista Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah
This place has a beautiful view of the city and mountains. It is just behind the capitol building.
Silver Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon
A cutsey small boardwalk takes you around the marshy lake, there is a beautiful mountain backdrop to boot!
Jordan Pines, Big Cottonwood Canyon – Jordan Pines Campground, Utah 84121
I love the tall grass and pine trees this beautiful spot has to offer!
Empire Pass – Park City, Utah 84060
Basically at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, it offers a great view from a meadow area with some giant rocks.
Ice Castles – 700 Homestead Dr, Midway, Utah 84049
Beautiful view of the mountains and some intense natural ice formations.
Provo Canyon – Provo, Utah 84604
A very lovely canyon to drive through.
Squaw Peak – Provo Canyon, Provo, Utah 84604
A great view of Provo city and lots of photo opportunities with a mountain backdrop
Silver Lake Flat Reservoir, American Fork Canyon
Surrounded by mountains, you can’t go wrong here. It is beautiful in every direction.
Antelope Island* – 4528 West 1700 South; Syracuse, Utah 84075
This island is bigger than you think! Be prepared to see some buffalo 🙂
Tunnel Springs Park – 1080 Eaglepointe Dr, North Salt Lake, Utah 84054
Beautiful Cattails/wheat in the Fall, really green in the summer though!
The Great Saltair – 12408 W Saltair Dr, Magna, UT 84044
A funky old Bollywood building, with the Salt Lake a hundred yards behind it
Bonneville Saltflats – Tooele, Utah 84083
With the ground made of salt, nothing around for miles, it makes for some beautiful bright and clean photos
Little Sahara Recreation Center – Sand Mount Rd, Nephi, UT 84648
It is what it sounds like, a desert of sand dunes like the Sahara
Pineview Reservoir Ogden Canyon
Stunnng view of the water, you just have to drop down a rope (5 feet) to get to it.
Silver Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon & Silver Lake/Tibble Fork, American Fork Canyon
I also put these two under “mountains” because they are great for both mountains and water.
Bridal Veil Falls – Provo, Utah 84604
A gigantic waterfall that is easy to walk to. Great backdrop for portraits!
5th Water Hotsprings –
My favorite place in Utah! So many memories. Yellow wildflowers surround the path leading up to the sulfur (bad smell) springs that are warm and so nice to soak in (good minerals for ya too!) Behind the springs there is a giant, cold waterfall.
Utah Lake, Saratoga Springs Utah
My parents live on the west side of the lake in Saratoga Springs. The water is beautiful and the cattails are lovely.
Tony Grove Nature Trail, Logan Canyon (June/July)
Albion Basin, Little Cottonwood Canyon* (June/July)
Memory Grove – 300 North Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT
Garden Park Ward – 1150 East Yale Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT (Sugarhouse)
Red Butte Garden at The University of Utah – 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake International Peace Gardens – 1000 South 900 West, Salt Lake City, UT
Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival (April/May) 3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT 84043
Wild Poppy Field – 1125 N Alpine Blvd in Alpine
Nebo Loop, Payson Utah
I am willing to drive up to 6 hours from Salt Lake City for a small travel fee to these beautiful places 🙂 . I would be happy to travel farther just ask for a quote from me!
Zion National Park*
Yellowstone National Park*
Bryce Canyon National Park*
Arches National Park*
Dead Horse Point State Park*
*Please note that all state parks and national parks require an entrance fee (or annual pass) plus a photography permit to take photos there. The entrance fee is typically $7-$10 for state parks and $10-$30 for national parks. Photography permits range from $30-$150 depending on the popularity of the park.