DEATH VALLEY AND YOSEMITE WORLDWIDE DISCOVERY USA MARCH 2025

Lightstalker’s Worldwide Discovery – Yosemite and Death Valley

Destination summary

You’re invited to register your interest as one of just 3 guests touring and photographing two of the USA’s most iconic National Parks. In Death Valley and Yosemite you’ll travel with myself on this intimate photo journey of discovery, searching out the best light at dusk and dawn to capture some iconic locations.

Death Valley lies in the northern Mojave Desert and in summer it’s the Hottest place on Earth. In March it’s a lot more manageable but can still feel pretty warm around mid afternoon. Expansive salt flats, twisting dunes, mountain ranges and canyons all offer the possibility of some vivid and minimal compositions, especially at dusk and dawn. The Winter months are high season here but we’ll be visiting as it makes the slide into the hotter, quieter months, but there will still be plenty folk around.

World Heritage listed Yosemite National Park lies in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.  In late March it will slowly be coming out of its wintery slumber, snow flurries may still occur and waterfalls will be starting to flow. Made famous by Ansel Adams, Yosemite in March means visitor numbers will be much lower  and between wintery showers  and some dynamic weather should produce some incredible light and results.

More Info

This 11 day trip will commence in Las Vegas, Nevada and if you arrive the day before we can  head north to the Valley of Fire State Park for a warm-up dusk session.

On the 14th we’ll then be drive west to the desert for a couple of hours and Death Valley, where we’ll be based for 4 nights. Subjects will include valleys, dune systems, salt flats and maybe some star gazing and astro photography.  Some classic  locations, include Mesquite Flats, Bad Water Basin, Ubehebe Crater, Artists palette, Telescope Peak and the spring wild flowers that will be in bloom at some elevations.

After some sun and fantastic sessions around the valley we make a quick run back to Las Vegas and the airport and fly west out over the Sierra Nevada to San Francisco, California. Here we’ll re organise our kit for colder conditions and spend a night.  We then pick up a 4×4 vehicle and snow chains and drive out to  Unesco World Heritage site, Yosemite National Park, one of America’s greatest.

Home of El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite valley, Bridalveil and Yosemite falls,  all locations made famous by the great Ansel Adams and John Muir. Its still in its winter conditions in the Sierra Nevada but at lower altitude in the Yosemite valley its one of the best times to capture the falls views and compositions made famous by Ansel Adams.

From Yosemite  we head back down through the Sierra Nevada  on the 24th to San Francisco where our trip will conclude.

The Details 

Starts / depart Las Vegas 14th March 09:30 – ends San Francisco 24th March 13:30

Meet up Las Vegas at the Desert Rose Resort* near the strip on the 13th before heading out to the Valley Of Fire for a warm up dusk session. The following day we drive west out to Death Valley in California where we’ll base ourselves are close as possible to then main locations of interest. It’s starting to warm up at this time of year with day time temps around 14-29C (70-85F)

From Death valley we return to Las Vegas ( 2hrs) and fly to San Francisco where we’ll spend one night. From here we pick up a 4×4 vehicle , snow chain equipped and travel out to Yosemite (3.5hrs). The climate will be very different from what we experienced in Death Valley, with winter conditions still prevalent at this altitude. Average temperatures from 0-15C (30-54F)

14th – 18th Death valley 4 nights – The Ranch at Death Valley*

18th – 19th San Francisco 1 night single occupancy

19th – 24th Yosemite NP 5 nights Yosemite Lodge in the park*

*All subject to availability

If you’re interested in joining this trip please contact Glen Directly

Death Valley Yosemite National Park,
14th - 24th March 2025
Participants - max 3
Trip fee: £5495.00 - based on twin share and 3 participants.
Single supplements £2300
Deposit £1000
Please contact me directly if your interested in this trip.

Includes

  • Includes twin share accommodation*,
  • Pick up and drop off in Las Vegas and San Francisco
  • Photography guidance
  • Permits and entry fees
  • 4x4 transport.

Not Included

  • International Flights or hotel transfers
  • Accommodation in San Francisco
  • Meals or alcoholic beverages
  • Breakfast (unless included at venue)
  • You must have adequate travel insurance for this the of trip.

Lightstalker Highlights

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Death Valley
  • Mesquite Flats
  • Bad Water Basin Flats
  • Yosemite National Park
  • El Capitan and Half Dome
  • Yosemite Valley and Tunnel View Grove
  • Yosemite Falls
  • Merced River
  • Mirror Lake