The Monument Valley Photography Workshop focus on the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and its surrounding landscape. The area is largely semi-desert and made up of red and yellow sandstone with a vegetation dominated by junipers, pinions and sage shrubs. Monument Valley is a very iconic and touristic, however, even if you have already been a visitor to it you will be surprised by some hidden gems. These ‘secret’ places require a Navajo guide. We will have highly knowledgeable Navajo guides to explore Monument Valley from unusual angles and to unusual time of the day. This is a unique opportunity to photograph Monument Valley from its best vantage points.

We will start and end our adventure in Bluff, UT. If you are flying in I can pick you up at beginning of the workshop and drop up you off at the airport in Durango, CO. This is something I can only offer for at most three participants. There will be a surcharge of $200 in case I pick you up at the Durango – La Plata County Airport, drive you in my car for the remaining workshop and drop you off again at the airport. All other participants will have to make their own arrangements (own car or rental car) to meet me in Bluff, UT. I recommend a car with high clearance and preferentially 4-wheels.

This tour requires good health and physical condition. Be prepared for daily hikes.
The photo tour is suited for beginners, advanced and semi-pro photographers. Participants must have a working knowledge of their camera.
 

WHEN

April 17 – 21, 2023

ITINERARY

This tour offers an in-depth exploration of the Monument Valley and its surroundings. We will be out in search for unique and novel compositions at sunrise, sunset and during the night for some incredible astrophotography, including milky way and star trails. The days of this workshop are during new moon allowing us to explore the absolute darkness throughout the nights and the absence of light pollution in the Southwest.

We will meet each other at the little town of Bluff, UT and have lunch and briefing. In sequence we will drive to the parking lot of the hotel “The View” where we will meet our Navajo guides to drive to our first photographic destination, Tear Drop Arch at sunset.

Be equipped for an informal dinner (sandwich, fruits, nuts, whatever fancies you …) while we move on to our next destination as the landscape plunges into darkness. We are approaching now Totem Pole and getting ready for a cold and exciting night of astrophotography.

Around 3 am we will engage in a crazy off-road drive up to Hunt’s Mesa to witness sunrise above Monument Valley. At the end of this shooting session you will rewarded by a breakfast prepared by our guide, including some strong cowboy coffee. We will drive back to our cars at the parking lot by the hotel “The View”. You have the opportunity to rest and explore the Monument Valley on your own until we reconvene in the afternoon for the last Navajo guided portion of our workshop. Mystery Valley is waiting for us!

At the end of this very long, tiring and previous sleepless night we will drive to Mexican Hat to sleep in a bed at our hotel.

The following days we will have a photographing schedule of getting up very early and getting to bed late in the evening. We will explore several undisclosed petroglyphs, granaries.

Our last evening will be again in Bluff, UT were you will have a hotel room waiting for you. You can sleep out next morning before you head back home. Our workshop concludes next morning with an included breakfast.
 

STRENOUS RATING

Moderate. We will have hikes in the wilderness up to 30-40 minutes of duration. These are simple, uneven trails. Some short stretches are downhill or uphill with rocks, but not rock climbing. You need to be able to carry your photography gear backpack and a water bottle. Sturdy shoes and walking sticks might be helpful, but not mandatory.
 

PRICE

US$ 2,850
 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

    • Guiding, coaching and teaching
    • Welcome lunch in Bluff, UT
    • Navajo Guide for the Monument Valley portion
    • Car, gas and driving onto destinations around Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    • Breakfast at Hunt’s Mesa and on our last day of the workshop in Bluff
    • Shared hotel room (double occupancy) in Mexican Hat and Bluff

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

    • All meals, with exception of above mentioned meals
    • Beverages, with exception of coffee and juice at Hunt’s Mesa breakfast

BOOKING


US$ 1,000 per participant is to be paid in advance. Refunds are handled according to the Terms and Conditions. The remaining money is due 90 days prior to the trip.

Payments may be made with Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Upon payment of your deposit, I will send you an information package including suggestions for camera equipment, clothing and travel gear.

We highly recommend an independent travel insurance. Knowing you have 100% trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason.

Monument Valley Photography Workshop is a six participants event!

Do you have any questions? Please do not hesitate and contact us.

To secure your reservation for the Monument Valley Photography Workshop 2023 a deposit of US$ 1,000 per person is required.
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DISCLAIMER

Any trips I organize or organize with another photographer are private and non-business. I am a physician by trade and I take people along with me on my trips because I enjoy the company and the opportunity to help people get to know and photograph the Southwest. I do not make a business out of it. My goal is to have a pleasant, safe trip with artistic value photography as a result. We share expenses, gear, ideas, and experiences. We will not be going anyplace on public lands that are not generally open to the public. No photographs you take on public lands may be used to promote the sale or use of a product or service. We will not do any “commercial filming” as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations.

We will respect nature, leave only footprints where we are allowed to leave footprints, and take only our images, memories, and friendships home with us.

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Digital photography, social media and modern travel patterns changed nature & landscape photography radically. The amount of people visiting the wilderness increased over the last two decades exponentially. Nature is coping poorly with the increased human presence. It is time that we all, who value nature and photography, question our behavior out there and prioritize the well-being of nature over photography. As such I support the entities Leave no Traces, Nature First, Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

Leave no Traces Nature First
Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance