Death Valley: Salt Pan, Dunes and More
December 5–10, 2021
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 workshop is a unique opportunity to visit and photograph the best of Death Valley during the best light. We will be based out of The Ranch at Death Valley, which provides immediate access to some of the best places in the park, like Zabriskie Point and Golden Canyon, the salt polygons of Badwater Basin, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and more. We’ll venture down to Ibex Dunes, the impressive dune formation at the southern end of the park, which, due to its remoteness, is far less crowded. We’ll have our image critiques and post-processing lessons here in Furnace Creek—but we won’t stop shooting! We’ll be focusing on composition, and we’ll take advantage of our time in the classroom and in the field to teach composition from pre-visualization, to capture, and finally to post-processing the final image. Join us in the beautiful land of extremes!
Muench Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
December 5, 2021: Fly to Las Vegas, Nevada this day, arriving before 11:00 AM. We’ll meet up at the Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas Strip South at 7830 S Las Vegas Blvd. and head out, stopping for lunch along the way. If the weather allows, we’ll make our way into the park, via a wild and fascinating way, through Titus Canyon. After checking into the hotel, we’ll head out for sunset at Zabriskie Point.
December 6, 2021: Up early for sunrise at Badwater, followed by a hot breakfast at Furnace Creek. That afternoon, we’ll have our first critique session before heading to sunset at Mesquite Dunes. Dinner at Stovepipe Wells.
December 7, 2021: Sunrise shoot at 20 Mule Team Canyon, followed by breakfast and a break with time to collect your images for our critique and Lightroom session, during which lunch will be served. Sunset at Cottonball Basin, followed by dinner at the Ranch.
December 8, 2021: Sunrise shoot back at Zabriskie Point, followed by breakfast and a drive out to Ibex Dunes after Lunch. We’ll arrive during the afternoon and spend time exploring and photographing the captivating shapes of these dunes. After a sunset shoot, we’ll enjoy a packed dinner before heading back to Furnace Creek.
December 9, 2021: Sunrise shoot on the Mesquite Dunes, followed by a hot breakfast at Furnace Creek. We’ll have our last critique session, and then head out to Dante’s View for a sunset shoot. Dinner back at Furnace Creek will end this day.
December 10, 2021: Sunrise shoot at Cottonball Basin, then breakfast back at Furnace Creek, followed by our final critique. We’ll be on our way to Las Vegas by 11:00 AM, in time for flights anytime after 2:00 PM.
Moderate: Hiking on uneven ground and on sand dunes for two miles or more.
Arrive McCarran International Airport (LAS), Las Vegas, Nevada anytime on December 4, 2021. Flights out can be made after 2:00 PM on December 10, 2021.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $800 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All permits and park fees
- All transportation during the workshop
- Guided camping with custom meals and comfortable tents
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to and from Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $800 supplement.
“The instruction was always available and always helpful. The ratio of instructors to students was excellent. I liked the fact that when I wanted help I got it, but you guys were willing to let me go my own way as I desired. ”
“Great flexibility on the part of the leadership, knowledge of locations to photograph and interaction with the participants Having Michael Strickland along on the workshop was a real bonus for me. ”