Night Skies in Death Valley

4 Days - Las Vegas, NV
Feb 4 - Feb 7, 2021
Activity Level


Single occupancy included.

Registration deadline: December 28, 2020

Only 3 Seats Left

Pay a deposit of $500.00 per item

Experience a different level of night photography with Beth Ruggiero-York and Arizona Highways PhotoScapes as we photograph the dark skies in Death Valley National Park. In this workshop, Beth will teach and guide you to photograph night landscape images.


During this workshop, and you will learn how to create dramatic night landscapes with star-filled skies. You will also learn how to photograph star-trail images with beautiful foregrounds.


With the exquisite textures of Death Valley National Park there are many new photographic experiences for you to explore. We will shoot Zabriskie Point, as well as Mesquite Dunes, Dante’s View, 20-Mule Team Drive, and other unique locations. Other opportunities will 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.


We hope you will join us on this one-of-a-kind night workshop in a one-of-a-kind location!


Workshop includes:

  • Photographic instruction
  • A digital copy of Fun in the Dark, a Guide to Night Photography by Beth Ruggiero-York
  • 3 nights lodging based on single occupancy*
  • Roundtrip transportation from Las Vegas, NV**
  • Snacks, water, and a group meal
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Post-workshop critique

*Double occupancy permitted for two participants traveling together.  A discount will be provided.

**Group transportation is included in the workshop fee with a maximum of 5 passengers per large SUV.  Should COVID pandemic concerns continue to warrant self-driving, your workshop fee will be adjusted accordingly.

Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change depending on weather and lighting conditions in the hopes of giving you the best opportunities possible.


Day 1 – Thursday, February 4, 2021

  • Depart Las Vegas for Death Valley at 8:00am.
  • Meet in conference room in Death Valley for introductions and initial instruction on photographing landscapes under dark skies. Late afternoon we will depart for Zabriskie Point for a night shoot.
  • We will break for a bite to eat before departing in the late afternoon for our night shoot at Zabriskie Point.
  • The evening will be guided shooting night landscapes at Zabriskie.
  • Return late to the hotel.

Day 2 – Friday, February 5, 2021

  • Meet back in the classroom at 10:00 am for a critique of previous work (no more than 3 images). Additionally, we will critique 2-3 images from Thursday night’s shoot for post-processing.
  • Break for lunch
  • During the harsh light of the afternoon, we will hold instruction on shooting night skies and hold an interactive session to address concerns or learnings of shooting at night.
  • Late afternoon we will depart for Mesquite Dunes to be in place when the sky turns dark.
  • On Friday, we will have a picnic dinner in the field so that we may continue shooting through dark landscapes.

Day 3 – Saturday, February 6, 2021

  • Meet back in the classroom mid-morning. We will critique and discuss post-processing for 2-3 images from Friday night’s shoot. Classroom time today will be spent learning post-processing techniques for night images, full moon images, and moonlit images.
  • Break for lunch.
  • Late in the afternoon, we will depart for 20-Mule Team Drive (or Dante’s Point, depending on conditions) for sunset and night shoot.

Day 4 – Sunday, February 7, 2021

  • Our last day will end with a morning shoot and then return to the hotel for brunch and checkout.
  • We’ll depart for Las Vegas after brunch arriving early afternoon.


Strenuous Rating: Easy to Moderate.

Night-time temperatures in Death Valley in February can be in the low 40’s with daytime temperatures reaching the low 70’s.  Participants should  pack to be comfortable during our night shooting sessions.

Zabriskie Point – There is a climb on a paved road up to the lookout. It is not dangerous or excessively steep, but for some participants may take longer than others.

Mesquite Dunes – Participants can walk as much or as little as they want onto the dunes. Everyone should stay fairly close together so that the photographer can work with each person.

20-Mule Team Drive – At most 200 yards to where we will shoot on graded gravel road.

Dante’s Point – Paved road, short walk.





The Workshop will Depart from / Return to:


La Quinta Las Vegas Airport South
6560 Surrey Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Tel: 702-492-8900


The workshop departs from the LaQuinta Las Vegas Airport South.  A courtesy block of rooms is available for the evenings of Feb. 3 and 7, which are the pre and post nights of the workshop. Participants are required to make their own reservations directly with the hotel at (702) 492-8900. A credit card is required to guarantee the reservation, and it must be made by January 3rd to guarantee availability. Please identify yourself as being a member of AHPW.


Lodging During the Workshop

The Oasis at Death Valley – Ranch Rooms
Death Valley, CA
Tel: (800) 236-7916


During our workshop, we will be based at the The Oasis at Death Valley – Ranch Rooms. Lodging is based on single occupancy.

Beth Ruggiero-York

SPECIAL TERMS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC:  Any 2021 workshop registration purchased between August 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, will be entitled to a 100% refund up to 30 days prior to departure.  Your final payment will also be extended to 30 days prior to the workshop.

There are a number of reputable companies that provide Travel Insurance.  For your convenience, we offer travel protection through TravelEx Insurance Services.  For more information on the available plans or to enroll, go to www.travelexinsurance.comor contact TravelEx Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 03-0147.  Travel Insurance is underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. W20


Should you find it necessary to cancel your workshop, the following cancellation policy applies
  • 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 $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 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.