Much of Arizona was first explored and developed by miners of gold, silver, and copper, and their crumbling legacy can still be seen around the state. During this five-day workshop, we will roam the scenic back roads and byways in search of iconic structures to photograph under great light and clouds, and a big bright moon.
From worn-weathered wooden buildings to decaying adobe structures, these abandoned mining towns and military camps have left an indelible snapshot of the pioneering spirit of the American West.
From west to east, we will take a journey back in time to capture these once prosperous communities, and where whispers in the walls hold untold secrets of grit determination and prosperity.
- Photographic instruction
- 4 nights lodging based on single occupancy*
- round trip transportation (max. 5 to a vehicle)**
- Entrance and permit fees
- Water, snacks, picnic lunch, and a group dinner
- Copy of Arizona Ghost Towns by Arizona Highways Magazine
- Post-workshop critiques
*Double occupancy permitted for two participants traveling together. A discount will be provided.
**Group transportation is included in the workshop fee with a maximum of 5 passengers per large SUV. Should COVID pandemic concerns continue to warrant self-driving, your workshop fee will be adjusted accordingly.
Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Each day we will determine which locations are best based on lighting and weather conditions. We want to give you the best possible photo opportunities.
Day 1 – Saturday, February 27, 2021
- The workshop will begin from our departure hotel in Phoenix at 8:00 am.
- First stop, the Vulture Mine where we will photograph the Assay House, Cookhouse, and the infamous hanging tree.
- After a break in Wickenburg for lunch, the group will drive to Congress, Monte Cristo, and Stanton to photograph more historic remnants of the early pioneers.
- Overnight in Wickenburg.
Day 2 – Sunday, February 28, 2021
- Our day begins with a 2.5-hour drive to Castle Dome Mining Town where we will photograph a variety of weather-beaten buildings from the 1800s.
- After our exploration of the mine, we will enjoy a late lunch in Yuma.
- Then we are back on the road again for a drive to Ajo.
- Check into our hotel and have some downtime for downloading images and rest.
- Late afternoon we will hold our first image critique
Day 3 – Monday, March 1, 2021
- Another morning drive will take us further into Southeastern Arizona with possible stops at Gunsight and Cerro Colorado ghost towns.
- We will venture to Ruby Ghost Town, where we will photograph a good portion of the day while enjoying a picnic lunch.
- In the afternoon, we will be on the road again, traveling northeast to Tombstone, making possible stops at Duquesne, Washington Camp, Mowry, World’s Fair Mine, and Harshaw.
- Before our final destination for the day, we will stop at Fairbank to capture this old railroad town that was the closest rail stop to Tombstone.
- Check in to our hotel and take a break for dinner.
- If the energy level is still high, we will hold a star shoot over Birdcage Theatre before turning in for the day.
Day 4 – Tuesday, March 2, 2021
- We will begin our day with a sunrise shoot on Allen Street capturing the historic City Hall and wandering past the O.K Corral and other wild west street scenes.
- Return to our hotel for rest before checkout.
- We will have lunch and continue to shoot around Tombstone before departing for our next destination.
- Mid-afternoon we will drive south making stops at Gleeson, Courtland, and Pearce ghost towns before arriving at our final hotel in Bisbee
Day 5 – Wednesday, March 3, 2021
- Our last morning will start with our final critique session after breakfast.
- The group will head out for a walkabout town to capture some great Americana photos along the way.
- After a lunch break and checking out of our hotel, we will make our final drive north along Ghost Town Trail to take in our last shoot in Cochise
- Then we will begin our drive back to Phoenix with a dinner stop in Tucson at El Charro.
Physical Rating: Easy
This workshop is relatively easy in terms of physicality. The majority of the photo shoots are located a short stroll from our vehicles. With most stops located in rocky, unmaintained terrain, participants are advised to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and long-sleeves to protect from the harsh environment.
The Workshop will Depart from / Return to:
Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport
3220 S. 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Phone: (480) 543-1700
Pre-night and post-night rooms are available for workshop participants at our corporate rate. Participants are required to make their own reservations and pay for these dates. The corporate rate is only available on a space-available status and must be booked online. The corporate rate is not available by phone.
Lodging During the Workshop
850 E. Wickenburg Way
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Phone: (928) 684-5461
Our first night will be based in Wickenburg at the Quality Inn. The workshop fee based on single occupancy and is included in your workshop fee. Double occupancy permitted for two participants traveling together. A discount will be provided.
The second night of our journey will find us in Ajo, Arizona where we will be based at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center, a converted historic school. Lodging is included in your workshop fee based on single occupancy. Double occupancy permitted for two participants traveling together. A discount will be provided.
The Landmark Lookout Lodge
Tombstone, AZ 85638
As we continue on our journey, our third night finds us in the wild west town of Tombstone. Lodging included in your workshop fee based on single occupancy. Double occupancy permitted for two participants traveling together. A discount will be provided.
Copper Queen Hotel
11 Howell Ave
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Tel: (520) 432-2216
Our last night finds us at the historic Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee. Lodging included in your workshop fee based on single occupancy. Double occupancy permitted for two participants traveling together. A discount will be provided.
- 91 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
- 90 days full payment is due
- 61-90 days your workshop fees will be refunded in the form of an AHPS Store Credit Voucher less $100 administrative fee. Voucher is good for 18 months.
- * 60 days or less until departure – No refund.
* If we are able to fill your seat and the workshop runs at full enrollment we will refund your workshop fees less $100 administrative fee.
NOTE: Workshop bookings including, but not limited to, outfitters, permit agencies, lodging and more are requiring firm financial commitments at 90 days. Therefore, in order to continue to bring you to great destinations, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined above. We recognize cancellations can some time be unavoidable that is why securing a Travel Protection Plan is highly encouraged.
Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel or change any workshop if our minimum enrollment is not met or if situations beyond our control arise that may create unsafe or undesirable travel conditions. Any cancelation or postponement as a result of situations beyond our control, AHPS does not promise any refunds or credits. If and when feasible, we will attempt to reschedule the workshop at a later date. Alternatively, we may decide to issue you credit for a future workshop, or issue a refund, less any non-refundable deposits we have paid to workshop providers on your behalf.
Please note that AHPS is not liable for any additional participant expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.
PAYMENT TERMS: A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space. Please refer to the specific workshop for the required deposit. Final payments are due 90 days prior to departure. Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.