Photographic Gems of the Great Salt Lake

5 Days - Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2022
Activity Level
Skill Level
All Levels


Registration deadline: August 15, 2022

Capture vibrant fall colors and images of the local wildlife at locations near the Great Salt Lake (GSL) in Northern Utah. Join Sandy Zelasko as she guides you to her favorite shooting spots along the eastern flank of the largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere.


The GSL is a critically important habitat for millions of native and migratory birds. It lies along the eastern edge of the Pacific Flyway and the western edge of the Central Flyway. Antelope Island is home to a healthy population of American bison, pronghorn, bighorn sheep along with other amazing wildlife. Unobscured landscapes stretch in every direction and vibrant sunsets never disappoint leaving you longing for what tomorrow will bring.


In addition to Antelope Island, we will explore and photograph the Salt Lake wetland areas and accompanying waterfowl and wildlife along with drives to stop for fall color along scenic Silver Lake and incredible barn murals dotting the countryside.

Workshop Includes:

  • 4 nights lodging based on single occupancy
  • Roundtrip transportation from the hotel to shooting destinations
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Water, snacks, and a group meal.
  • Infield instruction and critiques
  • 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 lighting and weather conditions. 


Day 1 – Monday, September 26, 2022

  • Arrive at the hotel by 6:00 PM.
  • Informal meet and greet with instructor

Day 2 – Tuesday, September 27, 2022

  • Depart the hotel parking lot at 6:45 AM.
  • Travel to Antelope Island State Park for sunrise, wildlife & points of interest.
  • Break for lunch.
  • Finish off the day photographing on Antelope Island State Park.
  • Return to Layton for dinner.

Day 3 – Wednesday, September 28, 2022

  • Depart hotel at 6:00 AM.
  • Travel to Silver Lake to capture beautiful fall color
  • Break for lunch.
  • Travel to Antelope Island State Park for wildlife, sunset & points of interest.
  • Return to Layton for dinner.

Day 4 – Thursday, September 29, 2022

  • Another early departure at 6:00 AM.
  • Depart for Bear River Migratory Refuge to capture waterfowl
  • Break for lunch.
  • Our afternoon will find us at Farmington Bay / Eccles Wildlife Education Center to photograph the Salt Lake wetlands and active wildlife.
  • Return to Layton for dinner.

Day 5 – Friday, September 30, 2022

  • Our last early morning we will again depart at 6:00 AM.
  • Travel to and photograph the Huntington Murals via Trapper Loop with fall color.
  • Break for lunch.
  • Travel to Ogden Nature Center for a picnic lunch and photography.
  • The workshop concludes mid-afternoon.

Physical Rating:  Easy to Moderate

Workshop activity is relatively mild with shooting locations within a short easy walk of the vehicles.  Temperatures range from lows in the ’50s to highs in the ’70s.  Participants should plan on layering clothing.

Lodging During the Workshop


Holiday Inn Express – Layton I-15
1695 Woodland Park Dr
Layton, UT 84041
Phone: (801) 773-3773

Four nights of single-occupancy lodging is included in your workshop fee. Double occupancy is permitted for two participants traveling together. A discount will be provided.

Sandy Zelasko
Ambika Balasubramaniyan
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.