Capitol Reef Hikers


October 21-26, 2018


Deposit: $500

Airport: Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC)

**See itinerary below.

Why Take This Photo Tour With Us?

*Fall color and red rock monoliths—photographing off the beaten path sites, not hard, long hikes.
*We’ll take you to the scenic sites most visitors miss—with a local guide.
*Lodging, meals and transportation are included.

There are still scenic places in this world that remain relatively uncrowded, where photographers don’t have to stand shoulder to shoulder to get the shot. Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument are on that list, even though their geologic grandeur is as mind-blowing as anything on the planet. The reason this beauty has been overlooked for so long is the very grandeur that makes it a landscape photographer’s Eden. These places are not easy to get to, and the Henry Mountains on the edge Capitol Reef were the last mountain range in North America to be discovered.

There are very few roads in both parks, so reaching the most scenic locations will require a bit of hiking. Some hikes will be little more than relaxing walks. Others will be legitimate half-day hikes. In another incarnation, Cathy and I led hiking tours in this area, so we are the ideal leaders for this photo tour. We know the best combination of most accessible/most scenic locations that will optimize our photographic opportunities.
Capitol Reef
Calf Creek Falls
Canyon Reflection
Grand Staircase Hikers
This little-known corner of the Southwest would be on every photographer’s list of must-see locations if they knew what was here. Quite frankly, we’re glad they don’t know about it, or it would be as crowded as everywhere else. We look forward to sharing this lonely part of the Colorado Plateau with you.
Metate Arch
Capitol Reef Deer
Fremont River, Capitol Reef
Capitol Reef
Autumn Closeup
Day 1: Travel from SLC to Escalante (about 4 hours). Go out to photograph Grand Staircase/Escalante in the afternoon.
Day 2: Hike to a photo destination. Lunch while we are out there. We will be out a good portion of the day. Move to Boulder Town when we return (about 45 min.).
Day 3: Short hike to photo destination, relax during middle of day, short hike to photo destination in afternoon.
Day 4: Easy hike in morning. Move to Torrey (about an hour). Go out to photograph in afternoon.
Day 5: Longer hike to multiple photo destinations. Lunch on the trail.
Day 6: Photograph in the morning then head back to SLC (about 3 hours).

+ Breakfast, dinner, lodging, critique and instruction as needed included.