It’s no secret that Bryce Canyon National Park is well-known for its intriguing geological formations and its vast amphitheater of spires. While visiting any time can yield beautiful images, winter offers the possibility of whimsical hoodoos to be dressed with a blanket of snow, giving photographers an incredible chance to create unforgettable images.
During this three-day workshop with Navajo photographer LeRoy Dejolie, we will visit the most scenic viewpoints in Bryce Canyon in hopes of capturing the orange and salmon pink limestone hoodoos capped with brilliant white snow. Aptly named overlooks like Sunset, Sunrise, and Inspiration Points are where we’ll set up our cameras to catch the rising sun illuminating the expansive amphitheaters filled with wondrous rock formations.
We’ll also have opportunities to hike down into the amphitheaters to explore and photograph these eerie rock formations from a different perspective. Get up close and personal with Thor’s Hammer and take a walk through Wall Street as we explore the diversity Bryce Canyon has to offer us.
- Photography instruction
- Three nights of single-occupancy lodging*
- Water, snacks, and a group dinner
- Park entrance and permit fees
- Post-workshop critique
This is a self-drive workshop. Transportation is not included in your workshop fee. Carpooling will be encouraged to minimize congestion.
*Should you wish to arrive a day early, please select the prenight option at registration
Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change depending on weather and lighting conditions. We want to give you the best possible photo opportunities.
Pre-Workshop Arrival – Thursday, January 18, 2024
- Informal meet and greet at 3:30 pm.
- First late afternoon/sunset shoot
Day One – Friday, January 19, 2024
- Our morning will begin with a sunrise shoot over the Bryce Canyon amphitheater
- After warming up our cameras and creativity, we will return to the hotel for a late breakfast.
- Late morning, you will have time to download images.
- Early afternoon, LeRoy DeJolie will conduct an orientation and photography presentation.
- Then late afternoon we will head out once again for sunset to photograph the endless hoodoos of Bryce Amphitheater from one of its spectacular viewpoints.
- Return to the hotel for a group dinner.
Day Two – Saturday, January 20, 2024
- Our sunrise shoot will take place at Sunset Point, which seems counter-intuitive, however, it is one of the most breathtaking views in the park.
- After sunrise, we’ll take a short moderate hike into the amphitheater along the Navajo Loop trail for an up-close and personal look at hoodoos with names like Thor’s Hammer and a slot canyon called Wall Street.
- Return to the hotel for lunch and download images.
- Early afternoon, LeRoy will conduct an image critique of your Bryce captures.
- For sunset, we’ll travel to the neighboring Red Canyon area, where eroded orange and red sandstone rocks in the form of columns, spires, and hoodoos similar to those found in Bryce catch the evening sun.
Day Three – Sunday, January 21, 2024
- We will have our last sunrise shoot at Inspiration Point to photograph the vast amphitheater filled with endless spires and hoodoos.
- Returning to the hotel, we will pack our gear and check out of our lodging.
- LeRoy will host one last image critique prior to adjourning the workshop around noon.
Physical Rating: Moderate
Rim hikes are generally flat, but short hikes up moderate inclines are possible over snowy trails and in winter conditions up to 1.5 miles in length round-trip. Students should be prepared and comfortable photographing in cold temperatures.
Participants should have winter footwear traction* for their shoes while walking along the rim or hiking into the amphitheater. Hikes into the amphitheater will only be done if snow levels are low enough to do so without snowshoes and the trails are safe for travel.
*Footwear traction can be found at outdoor gear retailers and sporting goods stores as well as online through Amazon. Brands we like are Kahtoola Exospikes and Yaktrax.
Lodging During the Workshop
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
30 N 100 E
Bryce Canyon City, UT 84764
Tel: (435) 834-5700
During this workshop, we will be staying at Best Western Plus near the park entrance. Three nights of lodging, beginning the night of January 18th, are included in your workshop fee. The workshop will begin at 3:30 pm on the 18th with an informal presentation prior to our first-afternoon shoot. Should you plan to arrive a day earlier, you may select the optional pre-night at registration for the night of January 17th. For companions traveling together and wishing to share lodging, a discount will be provided for double occupancy registrations.
If you are concerned about the possibility of canceling your trip we urge you to protect your workshop investment and purchase travel insurance. We strongly recommend that you purchase a travel insurance plan with a “Cancel for Any Reason” option. Many guests have last-minute injuries, emergencies, or life changes that can disrupt their plans only to wish they had a way to recoup their lost expenses.
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CANCELATION POLICY: All cancelations must be in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 91 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
- 61-90 days your workshop fees will be refunded in the form of an AHPS Store Credit Voucher less $100 administrative fee. The remainder of the fees paid can be applied toward a future workshop within 18 months of cancelation.
- 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 the $100 processing fee.
This cancellation policy applies in every situation and there will be no exceptions made for any reason. We will not issue refunds for cancelations due to illness or late arrivals due to travel delays.
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. 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.
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