Please note: This is a “standard” tour and while not technically a ‘hiker’ trip there are a few very short hikes required that can and will test folks who are not normally active or used to the elevation. For Horseshoe Bend in particular participants will need to be able to hike uphill through sandy and uneven rocky terrain, with no handrails or other aids, in more than likely hot and exposed conditions.
Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 1 (Travel Day) (D)
Arrive in Flagstaff, Arizona, by 6 pm for an orientation and welcome dinner.
We’ll make our way North and East to Monument Valley, located near the Arizona / Utah border and part of the Navajo Nation. Monument Valley has been seen in many movies and photographs, and really is one of the truly iconic places 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.
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 comfy 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.
This morning we’ll head to Antelope Canyon for the coveted opportunity to photograph this fantastic and hugely famous slot canyon. In the afternoon we’ll return to our hotel in order to avoid the heat of the day. Here we’ll spend time working on photographic techniques before taking a midday break before a delicious dinner followed by a gorgeous sunset shot at Horseshoe Bend.
This morning we will check out of our Page accommodations and head towards the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, catching a morning shot along the way. We’ll have a roughly two to three hour drive, with sights and photo opportunities along the way, before checking 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. After a delicious dinner we’ll make a short drive to Cape Royal, which offers the widest panorama of any viewpoint at Grand Canyon. After an amazing sunset shot, we’ll head back to our cozy cabins nestled in the cool higher elevation pines of the north side of the Grand Canyon.
We’ll awake early again this morning to photograph a glorious sunrise at Point Imperial. At 8,803 feet above sea-level, Point Imperial is the highest overlook on this side of the Canyon offering views of Marble Canyon, Mt. Hayden, the Little Colorado River Gorge as well as the Painted Desert of Navajo Nation on the horizon. Your guide will go over some of the intricacies of capturing desert sunrise shots, and then we’ll head in for a leisurely breakfast at the lodge.
As weather can be unpredictable, we’ll want to remain a bit flexible on this afternoon, and also throughout this trip as to what we’ll do and when so that we have to ability to head “wherever the action might be.”
Our final evening shoot of the tour will take us to the remote, and beautiful, Point Sublime. After a nice drive through a forest thick with Ponderosa, Fir and Aspen, we’ll be rewarded with an inspirational vantage point of Grand Canyon.
Day 7 (B)
On our final morning together we’ll have an option to shoot sunrise from either our lodge patio, or down a short trail towards Bright Angel Point. After our last breakfast as a group, we’ll make 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.