The Red Rock Country photo tour focuses on the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States including the States of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The entire area is largely made up of high desert, with scattered areas of forests. Domes, hoodoos, fins, reefs, goblins, river narrows, natural bridges, and slot canyons are some of the features typical of this area.
It is home of the highest concentration of U.S. National Park Service (NPS) units in the country. Among its ten National Parks are Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches, Mesa Verde, and Petrified Forest. Among its 17 National Monuments are Dinosaur, Hovenweep, Wupatki, Sunset Crater Volcano, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Natural Bridges, Canyons of the Ancients, Chaco Culture National Historical Park and the Colorado National Monument.
By joining this adventure you will be able to photograph many unheard and off the beaten path places.
The photo tour is suited for beginners, advanced and semi-pro photographers. Participants must have a working knowledge of their camera.
On our first day I will pick you up at your hotel or I will meet you at a predetermined spot in Albuquerque at 8 am. After loading all gear onto my car we will depart to the Tuba City. The drive is about 5 ½ hours and in sequence we will check in to our hotel. After some refreshment and towards sunset we will go to our first shooting session overlooking a canyon and badlands.
Day two starts with very early rise as we have a drive to the Grand Canyon at some secluded and rarely visited spot along southeast rim. We will have breakfast after our shooting session while taking in the breathtaking view of the meandering Colorado River beneath us.
Our next destination is the little town of Page by the mighty Glen Canyon Dam. After checking in to our next hotel and some rest we head out to a scenic overview of Padre Bay with Lake Powell at our feet and the landscape dominated by impressive buttes and mesas. The drive to this spot is mostly off-road and will entertain us with a fascinating moon-like landscape.
The third day will start easy by having breakfast at the hotel. In sequence a Navajo guide you will take us to a secluded slot canyon which has limited visitation allowing for an unobstructed, calm and uncrowded photographing.
Back to Page we assemble our stuff head towards White Pocket by driving to Navajo Bridge, cross the Colorado River at Marble Canyon, pass Cliff Dwellers, driving along the impressive Vermilions Cliffs until we reach the Rock-House Road. From there we will drive some 17 miles dirt road to then plunge in deep sand driving until reaching White Pocket.
White Pocket is difficult to describe, but it is a visual feast of colored and textured rock formations which gives you unlimited options to craft your compositions. I have been there over 20 times and each visit I come back home with completely new images. The area is about 1/2 mile long and 1/4 mile wide with an upper and a lower level. You will have opportunity to explore and photograph the area through the afternoon and next morning as we are camping at White Pocket overnight.
Day four starts with further exploration with dusk and sunrise photographing of White Pocket. Once breakfast and packing all to into the car is completed we return to Page to then go to our next destination which will provide us with an unparalleled lofty view of the Colorado River and Paria River confluence.
The night will be spent at this location and will allow some stunning astrophotography with the wide open landscape beneath our feet.
On our fifth day we start with capturing dusk and sunrise providing wonderful light change over the vast landscape with Vermilion Cliffs to your right, Echo Cliffs to the left and the Colorado River cutting through the plain.
We are leaving the area around Page today hby heading to Kayenta where we will meet up with our Navayo guide. He will take us up to Hunt’s Mesa. You will remember this ride for the rest of your life! Every moment of this ride is worth as you will also remember the view from the top of Hunt’s Mesa for the rest of your life! You will see the entire Monument Valley with its various buttes, mesas and rock formations with the birds eye view.
This will be your last wilderness night in a tent. Our Navajo guide will cook for us a simple dinner over a fire place once we are done with our sunset photographing.
The sixth day which at the same time is also the last day of this tour we get up early morning for your last dusk and sunrise shooting after which our guide will spoil us with breakfast. He will afterwards drive us back to our car and show us some very intersting photographing spots along the “road”.
Once we are back to our cars we will conclude the photo tour by driving you back to Albuquerque.
Strenuous rating: Easy to moderate. This tour requires good health and physical condition. Be prepared for daily small hikes. Two nights will be spend in a hotel, which also means early wake up and late returns to ensure that we will be at the right places at the right moment. Three nights will be spent in the wilderness, with primitive camping in remote country.
Dates: May 18 – 23, 2022
Red Rock Country Photo Tour price: US$ 2,550
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Driving, guiding and coaching
- Highly equipped high-clearance, 4-wheel car + off road trailer (including stove, refrigerator, kitchen utensils, hot shower, toilet, chairs, table)
- Gas expenses
- All camping gear, with exception of sleeping bag, mattress and pillow
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Permits & entry fees
US$ 1,000 is to be paid in advance. Refunds are handled according to the Terms and Conditions. The remaining money is due 60 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 packet including suggestions for camera equipment, computer and software, clothing and travel.
I 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.
Red Rock Country Photo Tour is a three participants only event!
This tour is SOLD OUT! You are still interested in this trip? Contact me and I will include you in a waiting list in case there is a vacancy …
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.
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.