New Departure: Canyons of Utah: Arches & Canyonlands in Autumn

Moab in autumn? We say yee-haw to that idea!!

March’s inaugural Backcountry Journeys Canyonlands of Utah: Arches & Canyonlands tour was so successful that we took a look at an open date in our autumn calendar and said, why not? We are happy to announce a fall version of this exciting landscape photography tour, set to run Nov 2 – 6, 2019.

Join us this fall so as to witness all that these two wonderful national parks have to offer: namely, fantastic landscapes, famous geologic formations and the incredible scenery of this part of southeastern Utah. All packaged in classic Backcountry Journeys tour fashion.

Famous for arches, fins, towers, and canyons, there is no shortage of incredible scenery to behold here. Home to two National Parks, along with an additional 1.8 million acres of BLM managed public lands, the opportunities for unique photos while on this five-day hiking and vehicle-based photo tour at Arches and Canyonlands national parks is truly endless.

Vast expanses of red rock go on as far as the eye can see, with unique formations and geology at every turn. The nearby La Sal mountains provide a backdrop of golden yellow in autumn, as aspen trees glow gold that adds to many of our images.

Our inaugural Canyons of Utah: Arches & Canyonlands tour this past March was a splash hit! Read about it here. Early mornings at Mesa Arch, Castle Valley, and Landscape Arch highlighted a trip that had shutters clicking and folks “oohing and ahhing,” under setting suns, remarkable skies, and the rising full moon.

Chris Gheen

Autumn is sure to add some color to parts of this region, but expect the landscape to otherwise be much the same as in spring. Weather during early November is typically favorable, as the heat of summer calms, perfect for this photo hiking adventure of a lifetime!  

Chris Gheen

Arches and Canyonlands is a wonderful place, and no doubt a must on any photographer’s bucket list. Join Backcountry Journeys this November, and we’re sure that you’ll make memories, new friends and a collection of classic and unique landscape images.

Kenton Krueger







Kenton Krueger grew up and spent the first 33 years of his life in the corn country of Omaha, Nebraska. After studying aviation at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Aviation Institute, he “conned” his way into the newsroom at the award-winning Omaha World-Herald where for 3+ years he wrote and photographed news articles on a variety of topics such as community events, travel and even mixed martial arts for the sports department. Yet something was missing. While on backpacking trips to Grand Teton and Grand Canyon National Parks in the mid-2000’s he was quick to realize that the wild lands of the western United States stoked a fire in his heart as nothing else could. This realization led to a relocation to Flagstaff, Arizona, and he hasn’t looked back. He has spent the past several years guiding backpackers, hikers and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Parks as well as in the Grand Staircase Escalante in southern Utah. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, a former pilot, newspaper photographer, and writer. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.