Lake Powell by Houseboat

5 Days - Page, AZ
Oct 4 - Oct 8, 2021
Activity Level
Skill Level
All Levels


Registration deadline: August 4, 2021

Experience the natural wonders and hidden geological gems of Lake Powell as photography experts Gary Ladd and Suzanne Mathia guide you on a photo adventure deep into the Escalante arm of the lake. For five days our group will meander side canyons, alcoves, and miles of incredible towering canyon walls as we create interesting compositions of color, texture, and patterns found in this beautiful landscape. When not enjoying our sessions in the field, Gary will share his expert knowledge of the lake’s formation and its impact on the region and Suzanne will work with the group on composition and post-processing techniques. Together this team combines the best of photography, geology, history, and astronomy.

Although our exact itinerary will be adjusted to fit weather conditions and lake levels, here’s the general plan. Much of the first day will be spent motoring up the lake toward the Escalante Arm. It is in the Escalante Arm that desert varnish tapestries, deep alcoves, and twisting slot canyons are at their absolute best. We’ll find a scenic spot to beach the boats and get to work as quickly as possible.

Days two, three and (perhaps) part of four will allow us time to explore and photograph the Great Alcove of Willow Canyon, the dim recesses of Cathedral in the Desert as it exists today (half-flooded by Lake Powell),  view a crazy Ancestral Puebloan toehold route up the walls of Fiftymile Canyon, and make a slip past LaGorce Arch.

There are also a couple of great photo locations near the mouth of the Escalante: Pool Canyon and Forest Alcove. Both offer tapestried walls and shaded pools of water.

Wherever we go in the Escalante Area we’ll be on the lookout for dazzling “light web” displays on darkened canyon walls, undulating reflections of the canyon cliffs, and unusual lighting conditions made possible by the canyon’s many deep alcoves.

Eventually, however, we’ll head back towards Wahweap Marina. We may make a quick stop at Rainbow Bridge, Anasazi Canyon, or Cathedral Canyon but our main goal is Padre Bay, the largest expanse of open water on Lake Powell. Although there are numerous locations and canyons of interest here, Weathering Pit Ridge is our main target because of its extraordinary exposures of wild cross-bedding patterns in the sandstone and its wonderful omni-directional views.

Workshop includes:

  • Four nights lodging on Houseboat
  • All meals and beverages  (Spirits or special dietary items may be brought on own)
  • Boat pilot fees and gratuity
  • Photography instruction and critiques
  • Permits and fees

Participants responsibility:

  • Top sheet for covering bed surface
  • Sleeping bag and pillow (extra blanket if needed)
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Luggage should be packed in soft-sided duffle/bag

* Storage space and floor space are extremely limited, therefore it is important to pack only necessary items.  Excessive luggage will need to be store on the top deck under a covering. Each room has a small cubby for luggage storage.

Also, there is no porterage to take your luggage to the boat, however, there are wheel carts available for transport of your gear.  Remember, if you bring it, you cart it.

Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change due to weather and tide conditions. Each day we will determine which locations are best in the hopes of giving you the best opportunities possible.

Day One – Monday, October 4, 2021

  • Meet at 9:00am in conference room at Lake Powell Resort hotel at the Wahweap marina for an orientation and presentation by the instructors.
  • Gary will conduct an orientation on what to expect during the week on the Lake, including general safety items and sleeping area assignments.
  • We will transfer to the marina where we will get checked-in on the manifest and load our gear on the boat.
  • Then we will be off motoring across the lake until our first photo stop.

Days Two thru Four – Tuesday-Thursday, October 5-7, 2021

  • Each morning we will rise with the sun to capture the beautiful light as it casts soft hues over the lake and bounces off the preposterous rock formations.
  • Throughout each day we will venture into coves and canyons to photograph reflections, waterfalls and the unique geological landscape of Lake Powell.
  • As each day comes to an end, we will enjoy sitting on the deck and looking at the starry skies, relaxing and sharing stories about our photo adventure.

Day Five – Friday, October 8, 2021

  • Early rise for our last sunrise on the Lake before heading out to capture our final photographic treasures of the trip. We will return to the Wahweap Marina between 2-3pm.
  • Workshop Adjourns

Physical Rating: Moderate to Mildly Strenuous

This is a true outdoor photo experience. As a houseboat-based workshop participants will be spending five full days in the great outdoors. Participants are responsible for their own gear and luggage handling. The outfitter has many duties including boat captain, chef, and sometimes even a model. It is important that people are self-sufficient and flexible. We will take a few land excursions on a variety of terrain including sand, slick sandstone rock, and other non-maintained surfaces, the longest hike is a 3/4 mile steep hike up to a ridgeline on slickrock. Good footing and good footwear are necessary. Hiking and water shoes a must along with a hat and sunscreen.

 The Workshop will Depart from / Return to:

Lake Powell Resort – Wahweap Marina
Page, AZ
Phone: 800-341-8934

Pre-night lodging is available at the Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap Marina. This night must be reserved on your own by calling 800-341-8934 (mention code: 15L6i8) after April 1, 2021 and must be booked prior to September 3, 2021 to guarantee availability. This lodging is not included in your workshop fee.  There are also multiple lodging locations available in Page.

Lodging During the Workshop

53′ Adventurer Houseboat

Two boats, each with four double beds will be the accommodations during

this workshop. Two of the beds on each boat are in private rooms and the other two doubles share a split area below deck. Any couples registering will be assigned one of the private rooms.

Suzanne Mathia
Gary Ladd
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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 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.