Milky Way over Monument Valley and Hunts Mesa Photo Workshop

4 Days - Monument Valley, UT
Sep 19 - Sep 22, 2019
Activity Level


Photograph the celestial skies over Monument Valley and Hunt’s Mesa with night photography expert Beth Ruggiero-York.  For three nights,  one of which will be camping on top of Hunt’s Mesa with our guided Navajo outfitter, we will hone our skills and practice techniques for capturing beautiful images of the milky way and night skies.

Registration deadline: September 4, 2019

Monument Valley and Hunt’s Mesa always inspire photographers at sunrise and sunset with its sweeping vistas and iconic formations, but photographing this epic landscape at night opens up a whole new breathtaking view of stellar photography.


This workshop has been timed to coincide with dark skies, Milky Way and moonlit landscapes.  Join Beth Ruggiero-York for three amazing nights in this enchanting landscape.


The first and third night will be based from Gouldings Lodge where we will have a chance to photograph the Mittens and other stunning formations at sunrise, sunset and, of course, under the starlit skies.


Our second night will be spent camping on Hunt’s Mesa, where we will photograph the sweeping valley below and the celestial heavens above.  Our Navajo outfitters will provide all of our camping necessities, meals and transportation so that we can focus on capturing the beautiful night skies.


Our field sessions will be complemented by a classroom session on night photography along with an image critique to help you improve your night photography techniques.  Don’t miss this photography opportunity to discover the beauty of Monument Valley & Hunt’s Mesa at night.



Workshop Includes:

  • Photographic Instruction
  • Post Workshop Image Critique
  • Permits, park entrance and tour fees
  • Lodging for two nights
  • Round trip transportation from Phoenix as well as during the workshop
  • Individual tent lodging for one night while on Hunts Mesa
  • Water, snacks, meals while camping and final dinner on the last evening.
  • Outfitter gratuities (if you wish to tip your outfitter guides additionally it is welcomed but not necessary)

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 conditions.  We want to give you the best possible photo opportunities.


Day 1 Thursday, September 19

  • Depart Phoenix at 7:00 AM for Monument Valley.
  • Stop for lunch in Cameron.
  • Arrive at Gouldings Lodge mid-afternoon for check in and a presentation on night photography.
  • Dinner
  • After dinner at the hotel, we will shoot sunset into night at Three Sisters or John Ford’s Point.


Day 2 Friday, September 20

  • Early wake up to shoot sunrise over the Mittens from our hotel.
  • At noon, we will depart for Hunt’s Mesa, where our Navajo guide will introduce us to the area.
  • Shoot sunset and night from the Mesa.

Day 3Saturday, September 21

  • Sunrise and golden hour shoot from Hunt’s Mesa.
  • Depart the Mesa at about noon to go back to Monument Valley.
  • Check back in at Gouldings Lodge.
  • We will hold a critique session in the afternoon before preparing for our final night shoot.
  • Late in the afternoon we will go back into Monument Valley to photograph Artist Point.

Day 4 – Sunday, September 22

  • Depart Monument Valley for Phoenix with a stop in Flagstaff for lunch.

The Workshop will Depart from / Return to:

Holiday Inn & Suites
3220 S. 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034Phone: (480) 543-1700

Pre-night and post-night rooms are available for workshop partipants at our corporate rate. Participants are required to make their own reservations and pay for these dates. The corporate rate is only available on a space-available status and must be booked online. The corporate rate is not available by phone.



Lodging During the Workshop

Gouldings Lodge
Hillside Suites
Monument Valley, UT
(435) 727-3231

During the workshop we will stay at the Hillside Suites at Gouldings Lodge on two separate nights.  This lodging is included in your workshop fee based on double occupancy.  Should you wish a single room you must select a single supplement at registration.



Outfitter Lodging on Hunt’s Mesa

Single tents, sleeping bags, and cots are provided by our guided Navajo outfitter for our one night camping on Hunt’s Mesa.

Beth Ruggiero-York
Lisa Hanard
Photo Guide
Stephanos Antoniades
Photo Guide
Ron York
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.