The Castle & fall color

October 24 - 29, 2021

**See itinerary below.

Why Take This Photo Tour With Us?

*Fall color and red rock monoliths—photographing off the beaten path sites.
*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, but even so, many outstanding images can be captured from right beside the vehicle. Other sites, like slot canyons and streams lined with cottonwoods, will require some hiking, but participants will be able to opt out of hikes if they choose. 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 and most scenic locations to optimize our photographic opportunities.
Canyon color
Special spot sunrise
Metate Arch
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.
Grand Staircase Escallante
Sulphur Creek autumn
Day 1: Travel from Grand Junction, Colorado to Escalante (about 3 hours). Go out to photograph Grand Staircase/Escalante in the afternoon.
Day 2: Hike to slot canyon. Lunch while we are out there. We will be out a good portion of the day.
Day 3: Short hike to photo destination, lunch while we are out there. Drive to Boulder (45 minutes) when we return.
Day 4: Go out to photograph in the morning. Breakfast/lunch when we return. Go out to photograph in afternoon.
Day 5: Photograph in the morning. Breakfast when we return. Drive to Torrey (1 hour). Photograph in afternoon.
Day 6: Photograph in the morning then head back to Grand Junction (about 3 hours).

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


Deposit: $500

Airport: Grand Junction, Colorado (GJT)

Tour Cost Includes: Transportation, breakfast, dinner, snacks, water, lodging, critique and instruction as needed.