Angel Arch

October 9, 2012 ·

Miles Hecker

Angel Arch

The Molarand Angel Arch
© Miles Hecker



Located about 10 miles from the nearest trailhead, Angel Arch is one of the most remote arches in all of Canyonlands. It might be possible to see it on a mararthon 20 mile day hike, but the harsh mid day light would not do the arch justice photographically speaking. Instead plan an overnight camping trip if you wish to get a good photo of this site. Information on backpacking in the Needles may be found atthis link.

The best light for this location occurs between the fall and the spring. The desert light is quite harsh in the summer. There is water along Salt Creek on this route. It should however be treated before drinking.


Early morning for the east side of the arch. Like most desert shots it’s better with some puffy clouds. The shot above was taken at the equivalent of a 28mm focal length lens on a 35mm full frame camera.


LENS: 17-35 mm on a full frame camera, 12-24mm on a crop sensor camera

FILTER: A warming polarizer can really intensify the red light and sky.


Slide films: Fuji Velvia 100 or Ektachrome 100SW

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