Photograph the White Mountains Backcountry

4 Days - Alpine, AZ
Jul 14 - Jul 17, 2022
Activity Level
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Registration deadline: July 1, 2022

Only 1 Seats Left

Pay a deposit of $500.00 per item

Explore and photograph some of the White Mountains’ most picturesque areas with a focus on the pristine mountain lakes and swift-running streams that dot the countryside and where Ponderosa Pine, aspen, and fir dominate the landscape.  The group will photograph scenes of the Black River in the Blue Range Primitive Area, KP Creek, Luna Lake near Alpine, and Aker Lake near Hannagan Meadow.


We will also photograph the rebirth of the forest recovery from the Wallow Fire, the largest wildfire in Arizona’s history.  If monsoons are in full force, we can capture the dramatic clouds reflecting in the rivers and framing endless views from the overlooks.


Under the expert guidance of frequent Arizona Highways Magazine contributor, Joel Hazelton, this workshop includes backcountry locations requiring moderate hiking up to 6 miles roundtrip with up to 400′ in elevation gain.  While a bit more strenuous than some of our workshops, the benefits are sure to please. So lace up your hiking boots and get ready for White Mountain beauty.

Workshop includes:

  • 3 nights single occupancy lodging (cabin rooms)
  • Group transportation from our lodge to locations
  • Water, snacks, and a group meal
  • Pre-workshop webinar
  • Post-workshop critique

Please be aware that the shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Each day we will determine which locations are best based on light and weather conditions. We want to give you the best photo opportunities possible.


Day One – Thursday, July 14, 2022

  • Arrive at the Tal-wi-wi Lodge by 3:00 pm for a brief orientation.
  • Early dinner
  • Head out for our first shoot at Aker lake near Hannigan Meadow for late afternoon, early evening light.
  • Return to lodge

Day Two:  Friday, July 15, 2022

  • Our summer workshop means rising early to drive and be ready for sunrise at KP Cienega and portions of the KP Creek.  This excursion will invoice hikes 1-2 miles off-trail to explore meadows around the creek.
  • After we have captured images with the best light, we will head back to the lodge for a break and a trip to town for lunch.
  • Early afternoon we will review images.
  • Mid-afternoon we will head out for our afternoon shooting location, stopping to pick up to-go sandwiches (at own expense) before proceeding on our hike into the Black River via the Bear Creek Trail.   Hiking up to 5 miles roundtrip.

Day Three:  Saturday, July 16, 2022

  • Today, we will begin our day with a sunrise shoot at Luna Lake and will continue photographing through morning light before returning to Alpine for brunch.
  • Return to the lodge for image downloading, review, and rest.
  • Head to town for an early dinner after which we will head out to photograph the East Fork of the Black River for sunset and late light.
  • Return to the lodge.

Day Four:  Sunday, July 17, 2022

  • Our last early rise will take us to a picturesque horseshoe bend over the Black River for our final sunrise shoot.
  • Breakfast in town
  • Checkout of lodge and return home


Physical Rating:  Moderate to Slightly Difficult

This workshop takes place at a minimum elevation of 8,000′.  Participants should be in good physical shape to hike with camera gear the 2-6 miles each day.  Some hiking will be on trails while other areas will be open land.  Possible water crossings or stone stepping across creeks.  Participants should plan for all types of weather from warm and hot to muggy and rainy if monsoons are developing.  Some locations on this workshop have been known to have poison ivy patches, so wearing pants is highly recommended, and bringing a separate bag for dirty clothes so as not to cross-contaminate the urushiol oil on other clothing.

Lodging During the Workshop


Tal-wi-wi Lodge
40 Co Rd 2220
Alpine, AZ
Tel:  (928) 339-4319

During this photo adventure, we will spend three nights at the Tal-wi-wi Lodge just outside of Alpine. The lodge rooms offer a nice blend of rustic flair with the comforts of home including Sealy Posturepedic mattress, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, mini-refrigerator, and microwave.

Joel Hazelton
Lisa Hanard
Photo Guide
Jaymee Bohannon
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.  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 the $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 which 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.