Moonlight Nightscapes at Chiricahua National Monument Photo Workshop

3 Days - Chiricahua National Monument
Apr 18 - Apr 20, 2019
Activity Level


Experience a different level of night photography workshop with instructor Beth Ruggiero-York, as she teaches and guides you in photographing the unique landscapes and rock formations of Chiricahua National Monument lit by a full moon.

Registration deadline: March 25, 2019


Pay a deposit of $300.00 per item

The Chiricahua National Monument, located in Southeastern Arizona, is one of the most beautiful and unusual photo opportunities in Arizona.  This night photography workshop with expert instructor Beth Ruggiero-York presents you with a captivating scene of moonlit desert landscapes and mesmerizing starry skies.

When planning a night shoot, most photographers do not consider the possibility of shooting by the light of the moon; instead, they look for dark, star-filled skies and the Milky Way. Night shooting with moonlight during the other half of the month is equally exciting, and often more gratifying. Detail is naturally brought out in the foreground, thanks to the moonlight, and the skies are deep blue.

With the exquisite textures of Chiricahua National Monument, there are many new photographic experiences to explore. The Chiricahua Mountains are often called “Wonderland of Rocks.” We will shoot the hoodoos, grottoes, and balanced rocks at Massai Point and Echo Canyon by moonlight, as well as other opportunities that present themselves as we travel through the park.

There will be classroom sessions to review and reinforce night photography techniques, to critique participants’ images, and to learn special skills for post-processing night images for the best possible results.

Join us on this one-of-a-kind night workshop in a one-of-a-kind location!

Workshop includes:

  • Photographic instruction
  • Roundtrip transportation from Phoenix
  • Lodging based on Double Occupancy
  • Water, snacks and two picnic dinners
  • All applicable entrance, park, permit and tour fees
  • Post-workshop critiques


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 photo opportunities.

Day 1 – Thursday, April 18

  • Depart Holiday Inn & Suite Phoenix Airport at 8:00am for our journey South to Willcox.
  • In route we will take a break for lunch (on own)
  • Once in Willcox we will have an orientation on shooting the moon.
  • In mid-afternoon we will drive to our shooting location in the park and set up before sunset.
  • We will bring a picnic dinner to have in field. The moon will already be up.
  • We will shoot through sunset and into the late night.
  • Return to hotel.

Day 2 – Friday, April 19

  • You will have a leisurely morning to sleep in and download images.
  • Beth will hold a critique of the previous night’s images. She will answer questions on shooting the moon and challenges you faced on Thursday night.
  • Again we will head out into the park to a different location for our sunset and moon shoots.
  • We will once again enjoy a picnic dinner in the field.
  • Return to hotel late.

Day 3 – Saturday, April 20

  • Mid-morning the group will reconvene in conference room to discuss post-processing techniques and review the previous nights images. Beth will address any final questions on night photography.
  • Load the vans and travel back to Phoenix, making a stop in route for lunch (on your own)


Strenuous Rating: Moderate.
Short hikes on maintained trails. Some scrambling on rocks. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots recommended.

Arizona Highways PhotoScapes is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.

The Workshop will Depart from / Return to:

Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport
3220 S. 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Phone: (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

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1251 Virginia Avenue
Willcox, AZ 85643
Tel: 502-384-3333

Two nights lodging are included in your workshop fee. Single room supplements are available for an additional fee.



Beth Ruggiero-York
Jon Vemo
Photo Guide
Meng Tay
Photo Guide
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Should you find it necessary to cancel your workshop, the following fee schedule applies.
  • 90 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
  • Between 89 and 61 days prior to the start of the workshop, AHPS will retain your full deposit.
  • 60 days and fewer to the start of the workshop your entire workshop fee is retained.


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 60 days prior to departure.  Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.