The South West USA
12 nights / 13 days
You’ll explore and photograph some of the most iconic locations in both Utah and Arizona in dramatic South West USA. This Lightstalker’s Discovery tour starts and ends in the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada. From here, you’ll head east out to Arizona and the magnificent Grand Canyon, where you’ll explore its southern rim and photograph its awesome light and monumental scale.
After 3 nights its onto Monument Valley, also in Arizona. We’ll take a drive and capture the classic vistas and views that have become so famous and familiar. Dusk and dawn sessions will be epic.
Moving on we continue east and onto Canyon de Chelly – National Monument. This is Navajo land and you’ll have time to explore and photograph the spires, sandstone cliffs and verdant canyons at this incredible location.
Canyon Lands and Arches – we’ll explore both the red rock arches and vast, river carved canyons of the park. Making good use of both dawn and dusk light and staying in the nearby town of Moab as our base for 2 nights. Capital Reef National Park white sandstone domes, pillars and crazy rock formations in Utah’s south-central desert will be our goal for second evening and morning session.
Bryce Canyon – we’ll be hiking both in and around the rim of the weird and wonderful orange and crimson hoodoos, making sure we are in the best spots when it comes to crunch time to capture a blast of colour during dusk and dawn.
Zion National Park after a short road trip and some crazy landscapes along the way we reach our final destination and one of the USA’s most spectacular parks. Zion’s National Park’s rivers, emerald pools, lush valleys and steep red cliffs offer an amazing array of possibilities. A park of epic proportions and beauty with a mixture of self drives and hikes will enable us to lose ourselves for 3 days among its landforms, canyons and rivers.
From Zion its a relatively short dive back to Las Vegas of around 3 hrs.
A Lightstalker’s Discovery Tour offers an incredible combination of landscapes and experiences. We’ll also soak up as much of the local flavour and culture as we can in between our locations. Get in touch to book a spot now !
South West USA – Extra information
Start time: we depart at 10am on the 9th November from the Hampton Inn and Suites in Las Vegas (Near the Airport)
End time 21st November: 13:00 Las Vegas Airport
Getting there: International flights to McCarron Airport, Las Vegas
Vehicle: 4×4 Jeep or 4 cab pick up truck
Accommodation* 3 nights at the Thunderbird Lodge Grand Canyon ( inside the park) / 1 night the View Lodge, Monument Valley / 1 night Thunderbird Lodge, Canyon de Chelly / 2 nights Expedition Lodge – Moab (Canyon Lands and Arches NP) / 1 night Capital Reef Resort, Capital Reef / 1 night Rubys Inn, Bryce Canyon / 3 nights Zion Lodge, Zion National Park. * subject to availaibilty
Essential equipment: camera, lenses 16mm – 200mm focal lengths and a good quality tripod.
Non essential but recommended: Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag.
This trip is all about the experience of the journey and the amazing landscapes we travel through and explore. The group is kept small, 2-3 participants, to create the best possible experience for my guests. Register your interest for this trip via the contact form or email me directly.
What to expect – Lightstalkers Photo Discovery Tour
The Discovery format is the ultimate travel photo adventure. I was inspired to introduce a trip that created more of a fluid visual journal of Americana and the iconic features and geographic landmarks that are encountered.
This is a Raw experience that will allow us to explore all aspects of the locations and places we encounter. Staying flexible, working with the elements and keeping our eyes wide open we’ll be able to create a unique experience as we travel through the landscapes and towns.
With a rich variety of subjects we can create a photo journal of our experiences in this timeless and dramatic part of the American continent.
Participants will be invited to create a photo journal of their work post trip and share it with with their fellow photography companions.
There is little rain at this time of year around 2 – 4 days per month ( the odd snow flurry at higher elevations ) but some colder temperatures can be encountered. An average range of 0C (30F) at the coldest around Bryce to 20C (68F) at the warmest around the Grand Canyon
Locations and fitness.
Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on slippy surfaces and over uneven terrain .
All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s Journey. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.
9th - 21st November 2021 - 13 days
Max 3 participants
Places available: Get in touch
Trip fee: £4595.00 - based on twin share .
Booking deposit: £500
Starts / ends: Las Vegas Nevada
- 12 nights accommodation (single and twin share )
- Pick and drop of in Vegas
- Transport to all locations
- Detailed itinerary
- Dusk, day and dawn location sessions
- Practical field tuition and guidance
- Lightstalker Adventures limited edition Beanie
- Return flights to Las vegas
- Airport transfers
- Lunches or evening meals
- Alcoholic beverages
- Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance
- The Grand Canyon
- Monument Valley
- Canyon de Chelly National Monument
- Canyon Lands and Arches NP
- Capital Reef
- Bryce Canyon
- Zion National Park
- Las Vegas