Scorpion Gulch in Phoenix

This evening, we took a quick trip to Scorpion Gulch, located at South Mountain in Phoenix. We got there a little before sunset, and a perfect weather day. We weren’t the only ones with the idea, as there were at least 6 photography sessions going on. I can see why, it’s a great backdrop!


A little history about this iconic location, according to Wikipedia:
Scorpion Gulch was built as a home and store by William Lunsford. Lunsford’s store sold curios, Indian-made items, sodas, and candy. It was still in operation in 1966, when Lunsford was 75. In the 1970s, it became a bar. According to the Phoenix Historic Property Register, it was built in 1936, and was first listed on the historic preservation register in October 1990. Historical photographs show a sign on the original building entitled, “South Mountain Trading Post”, under which jewelry, Indian curios, and leather goods are advertised.
Here are a couple of shots.

Photography at Scorpion Gulch

The ruins are also a great location for portrait photography.  Be warned though, it can be extremely busy during busy season for photographers, and especially just before sunset! Click on the blog posts below to see some portraits taken at this South Mountain location. Want to schedule a portrait session? Shoot me a message and let’s chat!

Share this post