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American Southwest Icons Photography Tour: Itinerary 2 . . . October

UTAH, ARIZONA, COLORADO: Maroon Bells, Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Goosenecks SP, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Bryce Canyon NP


 October: This photography tour is not currently in the schedule, but can be added by request

  10 nights/11 inclusive days  |  Maximum of 8 participants, and a minimum of 3 participants

  $4,890 USD per person  |  Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

  The deposit for this photography tour is $300. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here

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  Arrival airport: Grand Junction, Colorado [GJT]
  Departure airport: Salt Lake City, Utah [SLC]
  Arrival window: For a variety of travel related reasons, arriving one day early is recommended
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This photo tour will run with one or more participants. Please note that our group limit is not a requirement!  8 places are available at this time
  Updated: Saturday the 27th of May, 2023

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Photography Tour Overview:
Covering parts of Colorado, Utah and Arizona, we'll photograph some of the best locations each has to offer. Aspen's Maroon Bells kicks things off, then to Utah for Arches and Canyonlands national parks, plus Monument Valley Tribal Park which is shared with Arizona. The latter state also provides us with Antelope Canyon and the classic Horseshoe Bend image on the Colorado River. We finish back in Utah in the Bryce Canyon amphitheater . . . with as usual, much more besides. As with all of our photography tours, early and late shooting is scheduled for each day.


Our itinerary . . .
But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour field notes.

Days 1 + 2  |  Grand Junction to Aspen: Maroon Bells and a ghost town
We'll meet at 11:am in the lobby of our gateway hotel, and kick off things with the included lunch. Then into the Colorado National Monument followed by our road trip to Aspen. On both mornings we'll be back at Maroon Bells for the classic Maroon Lake and Bells shot, plus the often seen Moose. A trip up Independence Pass and a ghost town are also scheduled.
Aspen, 2 nights

Days 3, 4 + 5  |  Aspen to Moab: Colorado River and Castle Valley
Dawn at Maroon Bells, breakfast, and a scenic drive via Marble and Castle Valley plus other stops on our way to Moab in Utah. For two days we’ll photo-explore the highlights of Arches National Park, and a Canyonlands National Park dawn at Mesa Arch.
Moab, 3 nights

Days 6 + 7  |  Moab to Monument Valley
South via Wilson Arch, Goosenecks State Park, Mexican Hat, and on the to the classic highway and Monument Valley scene known as Milepost 13. [Forrest Gump etc.] Sunset on the Monument Valley rim as the light fades.
Day 7: Dawn photography overlooking the Mittens. Following breakfast I'll guide our own tour around the valley, then in the afternoon we'll be joined by a Navajo guide for access to additional photography locations.
Monument Valley Tribal Park, 2 nights

Day 8  |  Monument Valley to Page: Antelope Canyon
Another Monument Valley sunrise, and stops along the way for various rock formations as we head for Page. An afternoon trip into Lower Antelope Canyon is scheduled. Late light overlooking Lake Powell.
Page, 1 night

Day 9  |  Page to Bryce Canyon
We start day 9 with the classic Horseshoe Bend image on the Colorado River, then via stops at Lake Powell and Red Canyon and on to Bryce. We'll make several visits to Bryce Canyon viewpoints during our stay, plus mule deer are often sighted.
Bryce, 1 night

Day 10  |  Bryce to Salt Lake
More Bryce Canyon this morning and a mid to late morning departure for Salt Lake. We're photograph rural Utah before joining the freeway and continuing north. Around mid afternoon we'll shoot around Utah's capitol building, and then head for our hotel. The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action on this tour by John.
Near the Salt Lake airport, 1 night

Day 11  |  Departure day
As there isn't any photography scheduled for the day of departure on this trip, your flight home can be arranged for any time today. Transport to the airport is included unless you’re staying on for a day or more.

Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours


Enhancing Your Photography Skills
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Exertion level: This photography tour is classified as 'mildly strenuous' to 'strenuous'

Horseshoe Bend image: Moderately strenuous

Delicate Arch image: Strenuous

Landscape Arch image: Mildly to moderately strenuous based upon distance and temperature on the day

Turret Arch image: Short strenuous scramble at the end of a moderately strenuous ascent of steps

Mesa Arch image: Mildly to moderately strenuous

In every other respect this photography tour is considered non-strenuous to mildly strenuous


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Photography Tour Cost, Deposit, Cancellation Policy and Enrollment Guidance

Trip Cost: $4,890 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy

Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip


The deposit for this photography tour is $300. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here


Cancellation policy: Go here

Enrollment guidance: Go here


Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .

  • Photography instruction throughout the trip by John

  • All accommodations with private facilities [en-suite]

  • All breakfasts

  • Lunch on day one of the trip

  • Dinner on the last night of the trip

  • On-vehicle snacks and bottled water

  • All ground transportation

  • Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included

  • Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under ‘Admissions Included’

  • Following the trip you'll receive detailed field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, plus image uploads to a private web page of clients 'in action' on the trip

Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .

  • Airfare

  • Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return

  • Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates

  • Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation

  • Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary

  • Baggage fees

  • Medical expenses

  • Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry et cetera

  • Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone

  • Travel insurance

  • Passport or visa expenses

  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable

Admissions Included in the Trip Cost:

  • Admission to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks is included in our Commercial Organization, Commercial Tour Fees, and/or a Commercial Use Authorization [CUA] permit

  • Monument Valley Tribal Park

  • Lower Antelope Canyon

  • All other possible rides, admissions or excursions are optional and not included


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