The beauty of the American Southwest is just too vast to do it all in a week. BUT, we have hand picked some of the top photographic locations and scenic drives in southern Utah and northern Arizona for this amazingly picturesque photo workshop.
On this one we will be on the go, but it will be worth it. See the quiet beauty and stunning overlooks of Zion National Park; the unbelievably beautiful erosive power of wind and water at Bryce Canyon; an abstractly amazing slot canyon in Page, AZ; and the almost un-capturable beauty of the Grand Canyon.
**This workshop is more expensive that most of our workshops for 3 reasons. 1) We have to pay permit fees for 4 different parks vs. the usual 1 fee. 2) The tuition includes the hotel for the Grand Canyon because availability is EXTREMELY limited and we had to go ahead and book them. 3) The fee for the slot canyon is at a premium because we are going to be the only visitors who are allowed tripods in the canyon for a 3-hour session -- understand there will be others in the canyon, but no others will be allowed have tripods or move at their own pace.
We cannot refund last-minute cancellations on this workshop due to the nature of the costs involved (listed above). So we HIGHLY SUGGEST purchasing travel insurance for the non-refundable portion of this workshop - specifically the tuition fee -- so make SURE any coverage you get will cover the workshop tuition fee.
Also, if a spouse wants to join on this workshop, they will have to pay the full fee. Again, due to the nature of the expenses involved in running this workshop, all spots have to be paying positions.
Here is where the whirlwind kicks in.....we will be in 4 different hotels on this trip.....busy, but it's the only way to do it!! Please make sure to make your reservations for all of the hotels listed below. There are no group blocks on this one since our group is a small one.
1) Holiday Inn Express Springdale, Ut
1215 Zion Park Blvd
Springdale, Utah 84767
(book this hotel for two nights, checking in the 16th and out the 18th (if you want to come in early book that as well)
2) Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand (NOT Ruby's)
30 North 100 E
Bryce Canyon City, UT 84764
(Book this hotel for 1 night checking in the 18th)
3) Holiday Inn Express, Lake Powell Page area
643 S. Lake Powell Blvd
Page, AZ 86040
(Book this hotel for 1 night, checking in the 19th)
4) NOTE: THE FOURTH HOTEL HAS BEEN BOOKED FOR YOU AND IS INCLUDED IN YOUR FEE
The Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim
(also note: this is where the workshop ends and they do not have availability for us to stay another night. You will need to make plans of where to stay on the 21st or will need to fly out of Vegas on a late flight as the workshop will not end until late morning of the 21st.
Air Travel: The closest and best airport to fly into will be Las Vegas. There are many flights a day in and out. We suggest getting the earliest flight in that will put you arriving around 9:30 am. This will give you plenty of time to get your rental car and drive the almost 3 hours to Zion.
Rental Car: All rental car companies can be found in the Las Vegas car rental facility. You are responsible for getting yourself to Zion for the start of the workshop and for each transition along the way. Sometimes we will carpool at specific locations, but you will need a rental car and may wish to share if you have a friend joining you.
Exertion: There is a fair amount of walking during this workshop. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 miles on uneven surfaces and be able to climb up and down rocks or stairs on a path. We recommend bringing walking sticks to assist with sure-footing on some of the hikes.
Temperature: Also, temperatures fluctuate at this time of year. Bring clothing to dress in layers and bring outerwear such as hats and gloves as well.
Altitude: We will go through a number of different altitudes on this trip, the highest being around 9000 feet. Take whatever precautions necessary if you are affected by altitude.
Please let us know if you have any questions at all!