Experience the uniquely intriguing environment of the Colorado Plateau as Arizona Highways PhotoScapes guides you through sandstone country, where red rocks, towering buttes, and endless canyons come alive in the harshness of the arid desert.
During this five day workshop, you will photograph a labyrinth of slot canyons with colorful hues of golds, reds, purples and blues and their narrow canyon walls of waves, curls, arches, and cornices. Our photo adventure includes a leisurely half-day float trip down the Upper Canyon of the Colorado River to capture the beauty of the canyon from within.
The workshop includes photo destinations at Horseshoe Bend Overlook, one of the Colorado River’s most breathtaking panoramas, and sunrise from Little Cut, with its long vistas and stone teepees. Other photographic opportunities, such as the Vermilion Cliffs, Waterholes Canyon, and the towering hoodoos known as the Toadstools will round out the photo exploration of the Colorado Plateau.
- Roundtrip transportation from Phoenix, AZ
- 4 nights lodging based on double occupancy
- Guided outfitter tours, entrance fees & permits
- Post-workshop critique
Here’s what attendees are saying about this workshop!
“Suzanne is an excellent instructor and overall individual. She spent lots of time helping us and giving us great pointers. I had a lot of fun with this group and came back home with some excellent images.” — Gary B.
“Well done again!” — Jim C.
“If you’re looking for a well-organized trip with great photo locations and fun people to be around, this is it.” — Daniel W.
“When photographers have intense contact with scenic areas like those in and near Page, AZ, the opportunities for growth are enormous.” — Pat B.
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 – Wednesday, Mar 25
- Depart Holiday Inn & Suites Airport location at 8:00am.
- We will stop for lunch at Cameron Trading Post where the specialty of the house is Navajo Tacos.
- Arrive at our hotel in Page and check in.
- Photographer’s presentation.
- We will depart the hotel late afternoon for our sunset session at Stud Horse Point.
- Dinner will follow this session.
Day 2 – Thursday, Mar 26
- Up and at it early for sunrise at Little Cut then return for quick breakfast
- Depart for our tour of Secret Canyon, where we’ll spend a couple of hours winding through the various chambers of this meandering canyon.
- Return to hotel to download and prep images
- Will begin our afternoon with a working lunch for our critique.
- Depart hotel late afternoon for sunset at Paria Bluff and Toad Stools.
- Dinner to follow.
Day 3 – Friday, Mar 27
- Very early rise this morning for sunrise at Horseshoe Bend.
- Depart for a half-day float trip from Glen Canyon Dam to Lee’s Ferry.
- Depart for a sunset shoot at the Fins
- Dinner will again follow this session.
- Optional nigh shoot at Upper Antelope Canyon (registration add-on)
Day 4 – Saturday, Mar 28
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Depart for two private slot canyon tours.
- Afternoon critique
- Depart for a leisurely sunset shoot at Lake Powell Overlook.
- Return for a farewell dinner.
Day 5 – Sunday, Mar 29
- One more sunrise at Glen Canyon National Park.
- Breakfast back at the hotel and depart for home.
- Head south to Cameron for lunch.
- Return to Phoenix late evening
Strenuous Rating: Moderate to Somewhat Difficult
The workshop locations vary in terrain. Much of our walking will be done on uneven, non-maintained trails of sand, dirt and/or rock. Short hikes of three-quarters of a mile each way will be required on a couple of destinations, including a short incline to Horseshoe Bend where we will photograph on the edge of a 1000-ft. canyon drop-off.
The raft trip on the Colorado River is a leisurely half-day float. Everyone will be outfitted with life vests. Our float trip requires us to be in compliance with all security policies. Participants may only bring small daypacks or camera bags 20″ or less, water or other beverages, soft-sided coolers, raingear or other outerwear, medications, binoculars, wallet, keys, and passports on the 1/2-day river trips.
The Workshop will Depart from / Return to:
Holiday Inn & Suites
3220 S. 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone: (480) 543-1700
Pre-night and post-night rooms are available for workshop participants 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
We will spend four nights at the Lake Powell Courtyard by Marriott in Page. All lodging is based on double occupancy. Single room supplements are available for an additional fee.
- 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.