Travel day. Arrive in Saint George, Utah for an orientation and welcome dinner by 6pm.
We’ll catch the sunrise this morning at an iconic spot within Zion Canyon and then tackle the famous Zion Narrows for the soft midday light that can be so perfect in canyon country. We’ll wade through the chilly waters of the Virgin River and spend the afternoon photographing this immense slot canyon system.
Hiking Mileage: 3-5 miles, slick uneven terrain with minimal elevation gain
This morning we will set out to do some short hikes to places like Emerald Pools and the Weeping Rock. In the afternoon we’ll ascend the lovely (but steep) West-Rim trail for an incredible overlook of the canyon. Waterfalls can abound in Zion during springtime, and during Autumn the Fall Foliage is brilliant.
Mileage: 5-9 miles, with 400-2,000 feet of elevation gain and loss
This morning we will photograph one of the most iconic spots in the park. After our morning session we’ll eat lunch and drive to Bryce canyon to check in to our evening’s accommodation. We’ll have a sunset session tonight overlooking the rim of Bryce Canyon – aptly named Sunset Point!
Mileage: 0-3 miles, 0-600 feet of elevation gain and loss
We’ll arise early again this morning as we head out on a short two mile hike to capture the rising sun over the Hoodoos and rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park. Russ will go over some of the intricacies of capturing desert sunrise shots and then we’ll head in for a late breakfast at our lodge.
During the middle of the day when the light isn’t as good we’ll work on some photographic techniques and hike the Fairyland Trail which features an otherworldly collection of hoodoos and sandstone rock formations. We’ll have another epic vantage point for an evening photography session then it’s off to our cozy lodge nestled in the cool higher elevation pines of Bryce Canyon National Park.
Mileage: 3-8 miles, 0-700 feet of elevation gain and loss
Our final morning of shooting will involve one of the most dramatic locations in Southern Utah – Bryce Point. We’ll head out and capture one of the most breath-taking sunrises before heading in for our last breakfast as a group! We will return to Saint George by about 12pm on the last day for flights out.
Hiking Mileage: Minimal
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.