From the magnificent Grand Canyon to the sweeping vistas of Monument Valley, the Southwest has many of North America’s most amazing landscapes. The beauty and history of this land is a photographic treasure. Journey with Navajo photographer, LeRoy DeJolie as he guides you through the most iconic locations of Arizona on this Southwest landscape photography workshop, much of which is on his native homeland.
Departing from Phoenix our first stop is epic Arizona — the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This majestic wonder of the world offers spectacular viewpoints the warm earth tones of layered rock. Late in the day and early in the morning the light dances across the canyon walls revealing breath-taking panoramas. With our first night based at the South Rim, LeRoy will share his depth of knowledge for capturing the play of light on the canyon walls and how to capture intriguing compositions of this vast landscape.
Next, our travels take us northeast to Page, Arizona where we will stay for two days to capture the iconic images of Horseshoe Bend, the Toadstools and the magic of Secret Canyon. A guided tour to Secret Canyon will offer intriguing sandstone formations carved by wind and erosion and interesting hues of reds, oranges, purples, and blues. It’s twisting walls and unique lighting conditions can sometimes be difficult to photograph, but Leroy will show you how to use these elements for beautiful captures.
Then we are off to experience the magic of Monument Valley. Timed perfectly to coincide with the twice-yearly phenomenon of the “Mitten Shadow” you will have an opportunity to photograph the full shadow of the left mitten cast onto the right one, providing mother nature cooperates with the weather. During our time in Monument Valley, we will take a Navajo guided tour to some of the most notable views such as the Totems at sunrise, John Ford Point and Artist’s Point.
Then we are off to Canyon De Chelly, the ancient home of the Navajo, to photograph scenic images along the rim at Spider Rock and ancient ruins and petroglyphs in the Canyon del Muerto during a half day Navajo guided tour into the canyon.
Come along for the trip of a lifetime and explore the best of the Southwest’s greatest wonders. You will improve your photographic skills and come home with breathtaking photographs.
- Photographic instruction
- Roundtrip transportation from Phoenix, AZ
- Lodging based on Double Occupancy
- Water, snacks and a farewell dinner
- All applicable entrance, park, permit and tour fees
- Pre-workshop webinar
- Post-workshop critique
Here’s what attendees are saying about this workshop!
“The Best of the West is a must on the bucket list for most serious photographers.” – Mark S.
“The workshop was great, not only why we visited beautiful places, but especially why we had perfect guides and instructors. I will come again!” Johann H.
“You could not ask for a better guide and mentor to Navajo Land than LeRoy DeJolie!” — Ken W.
“This workshop was a very nice blend of learning different concepts of light and adapt it directly in great landscapes” — Matthias K.
Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Each day we will determine which locations are best based on light and weather. We want to give you the best photo opportunities possible.
Day 1 – Friday, March 27, 2020
- We will meet in the parking lot at the Phoenix Airport Holiday Inn and Suites at 8:00 am to load gear and luggage and prepare for departure.
- In route to the Grand Canyon, our group will stop for an early lunch.
- Upon our arrival to the South Rim in the early afternoon, LeRoy will conduct an orientation and presentation.
- The group will check into their rooms and then grab their gear and head out to capture breath-taking sunset photos.
Day 2 – Saturday, March 28, 2020
- We must depart early at 5:00 am to catch the shuttle bus for our sunrise shoot.
- When we return to the lodge, we will have a break for breakfast before loading up and checking out.
- We will stop at the Grand Canyon Watchtower Overlook for about an hour and then continue on to Cameron Trading Post for lunch.
- We will arrive at our next destination by mid-afternoon.
- After checking in to our hotel we will depart for Horseshoe Bend for sunset.
- Back to town for dinner and a good nights’ sleep.
Day 3 – Sunday, March 29, 2020
- We will rise early for our sunrise shoot at Lake Powell Overlook.
- Back at the hotel, we will enjoy breakfast and then depart for our guide photo tour of Secret Canyon.
- After a lunch break, we will meet for an image critique.
- In the late afternoon, we will travel to the Toadstools for our sunset shoot
- Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 4 – Monday, March 30, 2020
- This morning you will have a leisurely morning to work on images until mid-morning.
- We will check out of the hotel, drive to Monument Valley and then stop for lunch.
- Upon arrival at Goulding’s Lodge, we’ll check in and get settled.
- Then it is time to photograph the Mitten shadow from the famous Ansel Adams spot.
- We will return to the lodge for dinner and early evening.
Day 5 – Tuesday, March 31, 2020
- We will rise early (4:30 am) and depart for our guided Navajo tour into Monument Valley to photograph the sunrise at the Totems.
- We will continue on our valley tour and photograph amazing vistas from Artist’s Point and/or North Window.
- As we finish our tour of Monument Valley we will stop at the iconic John Ford’s point where numerous western movies were filmed.
- Upon our return to the lodge, we will pack our luggage, check out, have lunch and load up for our drive to Chinle.
- We will arrive in Chinle early afternoon and conduct an image critique.
- Our last sunset shoot will take us to the far east rim of Canyon de Chelly where we’ll capture the monolithic rock tower known as Spider Rock.
- Return for dinner.
Day 6 – Wednesday, April 1, 2020
- Our last morning we will rise early for a three-hour tour into Canyon de Muerto where we will capture images of First Ruin and Antelope House.
- Back by noon, we will have lunch before departing back to Phoenix.
- In route we will stop at the Hubble Trading Post, an active trading post since 1878 to view the amazing Navajo artifacts, rugs, and jewelry and photograph the grounds.
- Our last stop takes us to Winslow, AZ where we’ll stand “on the corner” for a quick snapshot before enjoying an amazing farewell dinner at the historic Fred Harvey La Posada Hotel.
- After dinner we will return to our departure hotel in Phoenix, arriving late in the evening
Strenuous Rating: Moderate.
This is a fast-paced itinerary with multiple destinations and long days. The longest hike/walk is 1.5 mile roundtrip. The terrain ranges from maintained to unmaintained surfaces. Hiking at the Toadstools is probably the most strenuous requiring large steps up and down. Participants should be capable of some light rock scrambling and slight changes in elevation.
Arizona Highways PhotoScapes is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service and the Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation agency.
- 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 any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS. Please Note: we are not liable for the additional 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.