Death Valley: The Racetrack Playa, Eureka Dunes and more

Death Valley is a truly unique National Park. It features the lowest, driest, and hottest locations in North America and is surrounded by mountains that rise to over 11,000 feet. Covering about 3,000 square miles, it’s larger than Yellowstone, yet most photography workshops barely scratch the surface of what this park has to offer.

This is a unique opportunity to visit and photograph great locations during the best light. Our outfitters will make sure you are comfortable and well fed as we camp under the stars at The Racetrack Playa, the only place in the world where “sailing stones” are found. We’ll be photographing these truly unique stones at sunrise, sunset, and under the stars, weather permitting. We’ll spend another two nights of camping at Eureka Dunes, the tallest dunes in California, and possibly North America, where the light plays across the dunes, creating stunning landscapes and abstracts. You’ll have a chance to wash off the desert dust at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, where we’ll hold our image critiques and post-processing lessons—but we won’t stop shooting! Furnace Creek is the base for some of the most iconic scenery in Death Valley, and we’ll be photographing Zabriskie Point and Golden Canyon, the salt polygons of Badwater Basin, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and more.

* So what does all inclusive mean? From the time we meet on March 18th, until we say goodbye on March 23rd, all meals, lodging, and guided camping are included. You can stow that wallet!

Muench Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.

Location:

Death Valley, California

Tuition:

$5,495

Dates:

March 18–23, 2019

Fitness Level:

Moderate—walking on uneven ground, 
climbing sand dunes, up to two miles.

Availability:

Limited to 9 guests

I’m sitting in a hotel room in Vegas unwinding from an absolutely awesome DV workshop. I understand why you have so many repeat customers, I will be one of them. I had high expectations of what the workshop would be like and you managed to exceed them. Before the workshop you sent emails and made phone calls to make sure we were ready for the workshop. Every day you took us to magnificent well-scouted out sites, told us how to set up and where to point the camera, and then all we had to do was wait for the light to get incredible photos. Accommodations were first class, the outfitters for camping were over the top.
— Steve Niemzyck, Death Valley ‘15
Greg and Michael were tireless in their efforts to be with us wandering all over the landscape, suggesting composition alternatives, camera settings for different effects, locations to try. They also provided lots of interesting historical and geographical background for the areas we were in. Much appreciated.
— Mark Hendricks, Oregon Coast ‘17

Itinerary and General Information

March 18, 2019: Fly to Las Vegas this day, arriving before 1:00 PM. Drive to Furnace Creek, check-in to our hotel. We'll meet at 4:00 PM for to shoot sunset at Zabriskie Point, and weather permittingl we'll be able to photograph the full moon. Dinner at the Inn. 

March 19, 2019: Sunrise shoot at Badwater Basin, followed by breakfast. Drive to The Racetrack Playa, shooting and eating lunch along the way. We’ll settle in to camp, and then head out onto the Playa to shoot the amazing sailing stones, staying out through sunset and the full moon rising. Dinner back in camp.

March 20, 2019: Early dawn shoot in the moonlight and sailing stones followed by hot breakfast in camp. We’ll pack up our SUVs and continue our driving safari north to Eureka Dunes. We’ll pass by Teakettle & Crankshaft junctions, great vistas of the northern end of the valley and an abandoned gold mine. We’ll arrive into our camp in the early afternoon, and spend time exploring the tallest dunes in North America. After a sunset shoot and dinner in camp, we’ll have time to enjoy the fire and download images. 

March 21, 2019: Sunrise shoot on the dunes followed by hot breakfast in camp. Pack up and leave for Furnace Creek, with lunch on the way. After check-in we’ll have a little downtime to shower and rest up before our sunset shoot at Cottonball Basin. This is also a good time to get your images selected for the crit the next morning. 

March 22, 2019: Sunrise shoot at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, followed by breakfast. We’ll have our image review and composition discussion session this morning. Then we’ll visit Golden Canyon, where we'll hike through a moonscape to photograph the Furnace Creek formation including the Manly Beacon. 

March 23, 2018: Sunrise shoot on the Mesquite Dunes, and after breakfast back at Furnace Creek our workshop concludes. Drive back to Las Vegas for flights home or elsewhere anytime after 2:00 PM.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask).
  • All meals during the workshop
  • Transportation during the workshop
  • Fully outfitted, guided camping
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction
  • All tips and gratuities
  • Fun, inspiration and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Transportation to and from Las Vegas, NV and Furnace Creek. Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance (required). Trip and cancellation insurance (optional). Personal sleeping bag. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Anything not specifically listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $2,500 is due at sign up and will hold your space in the workshop. The balance of $2,995 is due by December 1, 2018. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

This workshop fills up fast every year, and is strictly limited to only 9 guests, so don't wait, click the "Sign Me Up! button and we'll see you in Death Valley! Got questions?