Please note: This is a “standard” tour and while not technically a ‘hiker’ trip there are a few very short hikes on the trip that are optional. For Horseshoe Bend participants will need to be able to hike 1.5 miles (round-trip) on a short, steep trail through sandy and uneven rocky terrain.
Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 1 (Travel Day) (D)
Arrive in Flagstaff, Arizona. Please meet in the lobby of your hotel by 6 p.m. for orientation. We’ll visit a local restaurant for dinner.
Day 2 (B,L,D)
After a morning fall colors shot near Flagstaff, we’ll break before making our way north and east towards Monument Valley. Monument Valley has been popularized in many movies and photographs and is one of the truly iconic locations in the American Southwest. The magnificent landscape is dotted with eye-pleasing sandstone mesas, buttes and other curious rock features. Your guide will take you to the perfect location in order to capture the setting sun over this most famous of western landscapes.
Day 3 (B,L,D)
We’ll make sure to capture Monument Valley again this morning before relocating a few hours down the road to Page, Arizona, where we’ll spend the next two nights of this trip. We’ll check in to our hotel and get prepared for an evening shoot from an exceptional viewpoint overlooking glassy, Lake Powell. This reservoir is world-famous for its massive and curious shoreline as well as its colorful sandstone rock formations. We’ll be shooting from a location not well known to most visitors.
Day 4 (B,D)
Today we’ll head to Antelope Canyon X, a stunning slot canyon every bit as amazing as Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, without the overwhelming crowds of tourists. Here we’ll find a photographer-friendly slot canyon where we’ll fully emerge ourselves, and our cameras, in the magic of the towering glowing sandstone walls.
Day 5 (B,L,D)
This morning we will position ourselves for sunrise at the hugely famous Horseshoe Bend. This unique “meander” of the Colorado River has inspired photographers for years and we’ll catch it when its at its best time for photography. Following our shoot, we’ll have breakfast and break before departing Page for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We’ll have roughly two to three hours of driving, with opportunities to shoot glowing golden aspen stands along the way. Upon arriving, we’ll check in to our rustic cabins that sit just a stone’s throw from the Canyon’s rim! The North Rim Lodge, built in 1936, is designated as a National Historic Landmark and offers a beautiful patio that is perched on the rim of the Canyon, perfect for viewing, relaxing, and/or photographing from. We’ll soak up the grandeur of our first Canyon sunset from Cape Royal, one of the Canyon’s best views! After our shoot we’ll return to the lodge for a fantastic dinner before heading back to our cozy cabins, which are nestled amongst the tall pines.
Day 6 (B,D)
This morning we’ll take advantage of having our accommodations so close to such a wonderful vantage point on the Canyon’s rim. We’ll have only a short walk to our shooting location, with the option to shoot sunrise from either the lodge patio, or along a short trail towards Bright Angel Point. After breakfast we’ll take a late morning drive through the neighboring aspen forest so as to capture as much of the brilliant autumn foliage as we can. Our dirt “road” through the forest is lined by the glorious aspen tree that has become synonymous with autumn in this part of the country. We’ll find pleasing compositions utilizing the magnificent contrast between the aspen’s white trunk, gold, and red leaves, the green of neighboring coniferous and the blue of the sky. At the end of this road, we’ll be rewarded with an inspirational vantage point of the Grand Canyon that few people see. This evening we’ll soak up the grandeur of the Canyon from Cape Royal, one of the Canyon’s best views and our final sunset shot together! After our shoot we’ll return to the lodge for a fantastic dinner before turning in for a night of rest inside our cozy cabins, nestled amongst the tall Ponderosa pines.
Day 7 (B)
On our final morning together we’ll photograph a glorious sunrise at Point Imperial. At 8,803 feet above sea-level, Point Imperial is the highest accessible overlook of the Canyon, offering views of Marble Canyon, Mt. Hayden, the Little Colorado River Gorge as well as the Painted Desert of Navajo Nation. Your guide will go over some of the intricacies of capturing desert sunrise shots, and then we’ll head in for breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast, we’ll check out of our cabins and begin the drive through the desert and back to Flagstaff, complete with amazing memories and many wonderful images of our time in Grand Canyon Country.
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. Due to the nature of wildlife and nature photography we do not guarantee any specific sightings or specific compositions regarding wildlife or natural phenomena.