Situated in the world’s largest gypsum dune field, White Sands National Park stands as a testament to one of the most magical places in the Southwest. Its gleaming white dunes continually change as the wind forms ripples, curved dunes and unique patterns that make stunning subjects for the camera. Under a wide sky, light and shadows play across the landscape, where a variety of plants and animals have adapted to the environment.
Curious white lizards scurry across the sand, leaving a line of tracks near the stark yuccas and other plants that punctuate the desert. At sunrise and twilight, the dunes take on a pink glow and more pronounced patterns emerge as shadows lengthen. We will be out on the dunes in time for sunrise and have special permission to be out after sunset to capture the dunes while a little sunset light is available to make striking images.
Join expert White Sands photographer, Suzanne Mathia to open up your creative palette to all the photographic possibilities.
- Photographic instruction
- Three nights lodging in Alamogordo, NM based on single occupancy*
- Round trip transportation from El Paso, TX**
- Water and snacks
- Entrance, early/late access and permit fees
- Post-workshop critiques
*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 vehicle. Should COVID pandemic concerns continue to warrant self-driving, your workshop fee will be adjusted accordingly.
Here’s what attendees say about this workshop.
AHPS workshops are excellent. They’re well organized; communication before, during and after is very effective; and, most importantly, the instruction and support for learning are unparalleled. I learned a lot, had great fun, met interesting people with whom I’ll stay in touch and got some wonderful shots. I heartily recommend AHPS workshops! — Elizabeth S.
I love Arizona Highways PhotoScapes workshops! I have attended several of them and am never disappointed. — Susan P.
Exceeded My Expectations and Was Well Organized From Start to Finish. Great Time. Mark W.
Amazing place and amazing instructor. — Elizabeth L.
This workshop introduced me to a new location, I made new friends, learned new photography techniques, and had a lot of fun along the way. — Greg V.
Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Each day we will determine which locations are best based on lighting conditions, in the hopes of giving you the best opportunities possible.
Day One – Thursday, September 16, 2021
- This workshop begins and ends at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Alamogordo.
- Mid-morning we will kick-off the workshop with a presentation and orientation on safety.
- Mid-afternoon we will head over to White Sands National Park for an orientation from the Park Service and our first sunset shoot.
Day Two – Friday, September 17, 2021
- Early rise to reach the park an hour before sunrise. We will need adequate time for setup for the dramatic sunrise. We’ll continue shooting through mid-morning capturing the rich blue shadows and brilliant light on the dunes.
- Return to the hotel for rest, a lunch break and downloading images.
- Depart for afternoon and sunset shoot
Day Three – Saturday, September 18, 2021
- Early rise to for another spectacular sunrise.
- We will continue shooting through mid-morning.
- Break for lunch and downloading of images.
- Depart for a sunset shoot at the park.
Day Four – Sunday, September 19, 2021
- Last morning sunrise shoot
- Return to the hotel late morning to check-out of the hotel.
- Workshop adjourns.
The workshop involves hiking over acres of sand dunes. It is recommended that participants download a GPS app to their phone as it can be easy to get lost and/or disoriented in the park. MotionX-GPS is a great iPhone app.
Pre- and Post-Workshop Lodging:
Wyndham El Paso Airport
2027 Airway Blvd.
El Paso, TX 79925
For participants flying into El Paso, there is a courtesy block available at the Wyndham El Paso Airport hotel. Participants are responsible for reserving and paying for this lodging.
Lodging During the Workshop:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
100 Kerry Ave
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone: (575) 434-9773
Three nights lodging at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites is included in your workshop fee based on single occupancy. Double occupancy permitted for two participants traveling together. A discount will be provided. If you are planning to meet our group in Alamogordo, we have a courtesy hold on rooms for the night of September 15th. This is not included in your workshop fee and must be booked directly with the hotel. Rooms will be released by August 15, 2021.
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.
- 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.