Capitol Reef Photo Workshop

5 Days - Torrey, UT
May 9 - May 13, 2022
Activity Level
Skill Level
All Levels


Registration deadline: April 1, 2022

Pay a deposit of $500.00 per item

Capitol Reef National Park was created millions of years ago when geologic forces pushed up the 100-mile-long Waterpocket Fold in the Earth’s crust. Colorful layers of sandstone make up the crust’s wrinkle; erosion has since carved the tilted rock layers into sheer buttes, towering cliffs, stone arches, giant pinnacles, and deep, narrow canyons. Permanent streams flow through several of the canyons, feeding lush riparian corridors of cottonwoods, willows, and ash trees. Early groups of Indians, followed by Mormon settlers took advantage of the water and narrow floodplains for farming. Ancient petroglyphs, fruit orchards, and old farm equipment and buildings still remain from those groups.  We will photograph many of the most spectacular places in the park, including massive pinnacles, colorful sandstone cliffs, sheer-walled canyons, the lush Fremont River, ancient petroglyphs, fruit orchards and old farm buildings, a large natural bridge, and many other dramatic subjects.

Workshop includes:

  • Pre-workshop webinar
  • Photographic instruction
  • Round trip transportation from Salt Lake City, UT
  • Four nights lodging based on single occupancy
  • Water, snacks, one picnic lunch, and a group meal
  • Park entrance fees and permits
  • Post-workshop critique

Please be aware that the shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change depending on weather and lighting conditions. We want to give you the best possible photo opportunities.

Day 1 Monday, May 9, 2022

  • Meet at the hotel in Salt Lake City for departure at 12:00 pm.
  • Drive to Torrey, UT to check into our lodging.
  • After an early dinner, the group will go out and photograph orchards, historic buildings, and petroglyphs in Fruita followed by sunset photos at Sunset Point and Goosenecks Overlook.

Day 2 – Tuesday, May 10, 2022

  • Rise early to hike to Hickman Bridge for sunrise and early morning photos.
  • Return to the hotel for breakfast and downloading.
  • Mid-afternoon we will take an easy hike to Pioneer Register in Capitol Gorge followed by sunset photos of Waterpocket Fold along Scenic Drive south of Grand Wash.

Day 3 – Wednesday, May 11, 2022

  • Rise early for sunrise and morning photos at Larb Hollow Overlook on Boulder Mountain in the Dixie National Forest.
  • Return to hotel for lunch, rest, and downloading.
  • Sunset photos of Temples of the Sun and Moon in Lower Cathedral Valley.

Day 4 – Thursday, May 12, 2022

  • For our morning shoot, we will hike to Grand Wash Narrows.
  • Return to the hotel for lunch.
  • Early afternoon we will hold an image critique
  • We will enjoy an early group dinner before setting out for our final sunset in the Fruita area, including Chimney Rock and the Castle.

Day 5 – Friday, May 13, 2022

  • Early morning shots of the Fremont River Canyon.  Return to the hotel and check out.
  • Drive back to Salt Lake City
  • The workshop adjourns mid-afternoon.

Physical Rating:  Moderate

There will be a total of 8 to 9 miles walking over the 5-day workshop.  Except for Hickman Bridge (2 miles RT with 400’ of gain), all hikes are almost flat and quite easy.  The longest hike is a very easy, flat, smooth 2-3 miles RT in Grand Wash.  Some walking (one mile at most) will be mostly flat desert at Lower Cathedral Valley.  It will be very easy, although cross-country with no trails at that location.  There are bathrooms at the trailheads for Capitol Gorge, Fruita, and Hickman Bridge.

Workshop begins and ends:

Comfort Inn & Suites
202 North Jimmy Doolittle Rd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Tel:  (801) 783-3167

The workshop will depart from the Comfort Inn & Suites Airport Hotel at 11:00 am in Salt Lake City.  If arriving the night prior, you can reserve a room through our courtesy block by contacting the hotel directly.  This night is not included in your workshop fee.

Lodging During Workshop:

Noor Hotel
877 UT-24
Torrey, UT 84775
Tel:  (435) 425-2525

Four nights lodging based on single occupancy is included in your workshop fee. For your convenience, there is a courtesy block of rooms on May 8th, the night before the workshop begins. Please call the hotel directly to book this night and let them know you’re traveling with our group, in order to obtain a discounted rate.

Laurence Parent
John Ellis
Photo Guide
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Should you find it necessary to cancel your workshop, the following cancellation policy applies – NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • 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.  The 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 the $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 sometimes 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.