New Trip: Autumn in Grand Canyon Country 

After the successful completion of our inaugural Southwest Monsoon: Grand Canyon Country this past July, we came to the realization that Grand Canyon Country is just too darn glorious of a photographic destination to have only one trip itinerary.

So, we got to work and today we are thrilled to release Backcountry Journey’s brand new photo tour itinerary: Autumn in Grand Canyon Country!

Autumn is the best time to visit the Grand Canyon. Crowds have dissipated, and so has the heat. Autumn color and Grand Canyon are probably an association that many might not make, but that is because most folks who have visited Grand Canyon do so at the South Rim where fall colors are indeed a bit sparse. Grand Canyon just so happens to be ‘home’ for Backcountry Journeys. We were founded and continue to operate out of nearby Flagstaff. Our photo guides are intimately aware of the mysteries of the Canyon as they have worked in and around it for a combined 29 years.

For us, who are in the know, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is an OUTSTANDING location for autumn colors, like Quaking Aspen and Canyon Maple which paint the landscape into a palette of yellows, reds, greens and even whites. A classic autumn landscape on its own, yet combined with the grandeur of the Grand Canyon this is a spectacle to behold. This scene simply cannot be missed by landscape photographers, especially those with an affinity for the high desert of our country’s desert southwest.

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon sits only 10 miles across the great chasm from the South Rim, yet hosts an entirely different life zone as it towers roughly 1,000 feet above the south side. Here resides a delicate spruce-fir forest, characterized by spruce, fir, aspen, and canyon maple among other trees. The aspen certainly is the major draw here, as the gold and red leaves contrast well with their glowing white trunks, the greens of the neighboring fir and spruce, as well as the blue of the sky, is remarkable.

But this trip is not just Grand Canyon! We’ll visit many of the most iconic locations in the American Southwest, including Monument Valley, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon X, and Lake Powell along the way!

Join Backcountry Journeys for an incredible seven-day lodge-based photography tour of northern Arizona’s Grand Canyon country during the colorful autumn season. This landscape photography oriented expedition will put you and your lens in front of the most iconic and spectacular locations the desert Southwest has to offer, at a time when autumn foliage at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim is in full swing!

Spend Autumn in Grand Canyon Country with Backcountry Journeys, and check off from your ‘Bucket List’ so many individual locations you’ve been yearning for, and see and photograph the Grand Canyon from its ‘best’ side, during its most colorful season!

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Kenton Krueger








Kenton Krueger has spent the past several years guiding backpackers, hikers and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Katmai, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, as well as internationally in Costa Rica. 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, former pilot, and has had several of his writings and photographs published in the Omaha World-Herald newspaper. 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.

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