The Red Rock Country Photography Tour focuses on the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States including the States of Arizona, 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 probably some unheard off to you 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.

ITINERARY

On our first day I will pick you up at your hotel or I will meet you at a predetermined spot in Farmington, NM at 8 am. Alternatively, I can also pick you up on the prior to the start of the photo tour at the airport in Durango, CO and take you to your hotel in Farmington.

After loading all gear onto my car and trailer we will depart to Page, AZ. The drive is about 3 ½ – 4 hours. We will spend the following 3 ½ days in this area and explore some very specific red rock formations so characteristic for this wild landscape.

The fourth day of this photo tour starts with a very early rise to reach some secluded hoodoos at dusk, prior to sunrise. After finishing our photographic session of this area we will return to the car and head to our next major destination, northwestern New Mexico badlands. The remaining portion of this photo tour will be dedicated to the exploration of some incredible geologic badlands formations, including petrified logs.

On our sixth day and unfortunately the last day of this photo tour, we will be returning to Farmington, NM once finished with the morning photography session. I will drop you off at your hotel or drive you to the airport in Durango, CO.

WHEN

January 3 – 8, 2023

STRENUOUS RATING

Moderate to tough. This tour requires good health and physical condition. Be prepared for daily hikes up to 30 minutes to 3 hours of duration. These are simple, partly sandy and uneven trails. Some short stretches are downhill or uphill with rocks, but no 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.
All nights will be primitive winter camping in the wilderness, which also means early wake up and late returns to ensure that we will be at the right places at the right moment.

RED ROCK COUNTRY PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR PRICE

US$ 3,300

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
    • Meals
    • Hotels

BOOKING

To secure your reservation a deposit of US$ 1,000 per person is required. Refunds are handled according to the Terms and Conditions. The remaining money is due 90 days prior to the trip.

Press ‘RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY’ and you will be directed to the check out page.

The site uses PayPal as payment provider for all major international cards and it is SSL certified to guarantee your online security.

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!

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.

***

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