let us Show you some of americas best photographic locations


Mesa Arch

This is the “crown jewel” of the Canyonlands National Park and provides a view you will never see anywhere else on earth.


Spirit Falls

This magical spot hidden in the Columbia River Gorge is one of the most beautiful and powerful falls I have ever seen.


Dallas Divide

The Dallas Divide is one of the great of American vistas and will simply take your breath away.


What is Photographers Trail Notes?

Have you ever seen a great photograph and wondered where it was taken? Wondered if you could find the exact location to create your own version for your portfolio?

Photographers Trail Notes provides a comprehensive guide to help you find and shoot some of the best landscape photography locations in the US and Canada. For each of our 75+ locations, we provide over 20 data points: including a location summary, GPS coordinates (with detailed directions), trail difficulty, best time of day and best time of year to shoot, current and historical weather, required permits, lodging, nearby restaurants, special nuances and other tips based on our firsthand experience.


The information you need to get the shot

Trail Difficulty (1 out of 5)

Know beforehand what you are getting into! We provide a quick overview of the location. Is it easy, moderate or difficult to access?

GPS Coordinates & Elevation

We provide exact GPS coordinates (in both DDM and DD formats) & elevation with automatic links directly into Google maps.

Google Maps Birds-Eye-View

For each location we provide a birds-eye view to provide a better understanding of the layout and terrain of the location.


For each location we provide detailed directions along with a direct link to Google maps allowing turn by turn directions.

Best Time of Day to Shoot

It is all about the light! We help you plan your trip and let you know if the location is a sunrise, sunset or anytime shot.

Special Nuances of the Shot

Not every place is as you might think. We provide a personal insight to the location and an approach to taking the shot.

What Lens(es) Do You Need

If you are hiking a long distance, weight is important. We provide which lens(es) are needed to help lighten your load.

Special Equipment Needed

Knowing what equipment is needed can save time and money. Waders, walking stick, pano equipment, rain sleeve, ND filter.

Best Time of Year to Shoot

Sunrise might be best in summer or the water fall conditions are best for spring. We will let you know.


Have you ever been in the field and wondered if you need a permit to be there? We provide information on when or if a permit is required.

Photographers to Expect

Ever show up to a great location to find there is too many photographers for the location? We will let you know how many to expect.

Direction of Shot

Is the shot facing east or west? We provide this information to best understand the direction of the shot.


Built for photographers - also used by adventurers

Many people have contacted us to let us know they are not photographers but love to be in the great outdoors and want to visit the beautiful locations America has to offer.


Additional information we provide


We provide a direct link to both current and historical weather (via Intellicast) for each location.

Cell Service

Being in the field can limit access to your phone service and important information. It is great to know when you can find coverage.

Overnight Lodging/Camping

We provide the closest camping (with direct links via Google maps) and lodging (with direct links to tripadvisor).

Nearby Restaurants

After a long day of shooting, it is great to know where you can grab a good meal and a cold refreshment. We share personal favorites.

Laundry Mat

When traveling, it is great to know where you can wash clothes and freshen up. We provide known laundry mats in the area.

Other Photo Opportunities

Why not take advantage of other photographic opportunities while you are traveling?

Airport Options

We provide the closest national or regional airports to the specific locations. This can help plan your travel.

Area Guides and Workshops

Often times, a professional guide or workshop is the very best way to get the great shot. If we know of one, we will provide this for you.

Other Resources

The Photographer's Ephemeris can be a photographers best friend. We provide a direct link so you can know the direction of the sunrise/sunset.

Frequently asked questions

  • Which maps program do you use?

    We use Google maps for direct links for GPS coordinates and directions.

  • How do I know what equipment to bring?

    For each location, we provide a list of special equipment you might need. For example waders, broom, walking stick, pano equipment, rain sleeve, tripod, a polarizer, a neutral density (ND) filter, umbrella, hat, or micro lens cloth to wipe down your lens/equipment?

  • How do I know if the hike is right for me?

    For each location we provide a Trail Difficulty rating from 1 to 5 (1 being very easy and 5 being very difficult).

  • How can I determine where the sun will rise/set?

    For each location, we provide a direct link to the The Photographer's Ephemeris. This program provides both time and direction of the sunrise and sunset for every day of the year.

  • Do you provide recommendations for restaurants?

    We share our personal favorites for restaurants or brew houses. Additionally, we provide a direct link to yelp - so the user can see comments and ratings from others.