Please note: Due to the nature of the terrain and photo locations our Canyons of Utah: Arches & Canyonlands is a “hiker” trip. Although the purpose of this trip is photography it is best suited for those that like to get out and hike! For any questions please give us a call at 928-478-1521 or fill out the contact form below!
Day 1 (Travel Day)
Plan to arrive in Moab, Utah by 6pm for an orientation and welcome dinner.
We will depart our hotel early this morning and head straight for nearby Castle Valley. Our first day will be spent shooting views of Castleton Tower and the adjacent ridgeline known as the Rectory. We will have a chance to go into the foothills of the La Sal mountain range to get a glimpse of the vastness of the canyon country surrounding Moab. As optimal light fades, we will head back into town for brunch and a chance to rest up before the evening shoot. During the afternoon your guide will be happy to work with you on processing your photos and will provide some tips and tricks for making the most of what you have captured. After dinner we will embark south for a shoot of Wilson Arch as it embraces the setting sun and provides witnesses with a magnificent red glow.
This morning will be our earliest of the week as we head to the Islands in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park in an attempt to capture perhaps one of the most iconic desert landscape photos in Utah. Sunrise at Mesa Arch is an incredible experience and should be on every landscape photographer’s bucket list. Our hope is to get to the arch with enough time to set up our systems before the inevitable hoards of other visitors arrive with their various phones, cameras and devices, all trying to capture that one iconic shot. As the golden hues fade from underneath the arch, we will pack up and move to a few other impressive vistas at Islands in the Sky before heading back to our lodging for brunch and an afternoon off.
Today is all about getting photos of Arches National Park. We will begin with a sunrise shot at the impressive Landscape Arch. Stretching 290 feet across, Landscape Arch is the largest natural span in the Western Hemisphere and this thin sliver of free standing rock is a sight to behold as it seems to defy gravity. After our morning shoot, we will again adjourn to our hotel for breakfast and a morning off. We will then have a mid afternoon start to head back into Arches National Park, this time to shoot Delicate Arch at sunset. The arch is 1.5 miles from the road, so we will have to hike in all of our equipment over a moderate trail of slickrock. Bring a headlamp, as typically the best views of this magical location are after the sun has just dipped below the horizon, lighting up the La Sal mountain range in the background.
This morning we will get up early again to go shoot another angle from the Islands in the Sky plateau, but this time from nearby Dead Horse Point State Park. Photographers will delight in seeing the results in their screens as light plays off the vast canyon landscape below, casting shadows and rays of sunshine across the open expanse of rock carved by the Colorado River. As the golden light fades and gives way to the harsh light of midday in Southern Utah, we will make our way back to Grand Junction to say our goodbyes and bask in the glow of another wonderful trip full of even more wonderful images.
Please Note: Please note that the exact sequence of the itineraries on all photography trips will be based on weather and lighting conditions. The goal on these trips is to make sure we are at the right place at the right time for the perfect light on our subjects. Also, itineraries can change for a variety of other circumstances including floods, forest fires, national park closures, road closures and more.