Cibecue Falls and the Salt River Canyon Photo Workshop

4 Days - Globe, Arizona
Oct 10 - Oct 13, 2019
Activity Level


Capture rarely-seen views of the Salt River’s Horseshoe Bend, the tumbling waters of Bridge Falls, the rock spires of the Hidden Hoodoos and the pristine waters of Cibecue Falls on this combination lodging and self-camp workshop with nature photographer, Shane McDermott.

Registration deadline: October 2, 2019

This workshop gives participants the opportunity to escape into a beautiful river wilderness in the back country. Perennial streams from the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains feed hundreds of square miles of Salt River watershed.  Photograph the Salt River as it flows through the 2,000 foot-high canyon walls on the southern edge of the Tonto National Forest.


Fine art and conservation photographer Shane McDermott will lead you on a 4-day trip through these scenic landscapes and remote vistas, honing your craft with technical expertise, encouragement, and insightful critiques. Capture rarely-seen views of the river’s Horseshoe Bend at sunset, the tumbling waters of Bridge Falls, the rock spires of the Hidden Hoodoos at sunrise, and the canyon and waterfalls at Cibecue which is the Salt River’s largest tributary.  These locations guarantee stunning photographs of Arizona’s wilderness treasures.


This workshop is designed for the truly adventurous outdoor photographer, requiring two nights of remote group camping, off-trail hiking and stream crossings. Come prepared to leave the city behind and discover the breathtaking wonder of the Salt River.

Workshop includes:

  • Photography instruction
  • One night lodging in Globe based on double occupancy
  • Camping permits and Cibecue Falls permits
  • Pre-workshop webinar
  • Post-workshop critique

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 in the hopes of giving you the best photo opportunities possible.

Day 1 – Thursday, October 10

  • Arrive in Globe, Arizona at the Best Western Copper Hills Inn by 12:00 p.m. for a meet and greet over lunch and workshop overview.
  • In preparation for the afternoon shoot, we will conduct Studio Session #1 on Field Preparation.
  • In mid-afternoon we will depart for our field session photographing the Salt River Canyon Horseshoe Bend through sunset.
  • We’ll return to Globe for a late dinner and informal Q&A.

Day 2 – Friday, October 11

  • An early rise for our sunrise departure to Mule Hoof Bend.
  • After our early morning shoot we will drive back to Globe, have breakfast and check-out of our hotel rooms.
  • In the late morning we will hold Studio Session #2 – “Inner Light Photography” – a philosophical discussion with suggested field practices, plus learning creative composition through image critique.
  • Break for lunch and prepare for our two nights in the field.
  • Depart early afternoon for our campsite where we’ll make camp and ready ourselves for our next field session on story telling through creative composition.
  • Late afternoon through sunset will be spent photographing at Salt River Canyon Vista or Bridge Falls, which also includes learning and refining field practices of “Inner Light Photography”.
  • Return to camp for late dinner under the stars and informal Q&A.

Day 3 – Saturday, October 12

  • We’ll start our day with a sunrise shoot at Hidden Hoodoos.
  • Back at camp we will enjoy a camp side breakfast.
  • Break, image download and individual critiques.
  • After a break for lunch we will continue individual image critiques and discussion of “Inner Light Photography” field practices.
  • Mid-afternoon through sunset will be spent photographing at Canyon Springs Creek.
  • Back to camp for dinner and Informal Q&A.

Day 4 – Sunday, October 13

  • Up and out early for a sunrise hike and shoot in Cibecue Canyon and Cibecue Falls.
  • Return to camp mid-morning and have breakfast.
  • Share final takeaways, break camp and say our goodbyes.

Strenuous Rating: Moderate-Strenuous
This workshop is designed for the true outdoor photographer. In addition to two nights camping in the field, the group will be hiking on unmaintained terrain. Some scrambling on rocks. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots recommended. Our longest hike will be to Cibecue Falls, a 4-1/2 mile round-trip on unmaintained trails with some large boulder scrambling. Stream crossings will be frequent, so good water-hiking wear is recommended.


Workshop will start from :

Best Western Copper Hills Inn
1565 E South Street
Globe, AZ  85501
Tel: 928 425-7575

One night of lodging at the Copper Hills Inn is included in your workshop fee based on double occupancy.  Single room supplements are available for an additional fee.  If you require  pre-workshop lodging you must contact the hotel directly to reserve and pay for this separately.

Shane McDermott
Meng Tay
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.  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.