Monument Valley, Hunts Mesa & Muley Point
Monument Valley Tribal Park was established in 1935 within the Navajo Nation on the border of Utah and Arizona. Sculpted by thousands of years of wind and erosion, the towers of de Chelly Sandstone, Moenkopi Formation, and Shinarump Conglomerate create what has become the icon of the American West.
You’ll photograph this iconic valley with our pros Greg Vaughn and Richard Bernabe, along with our Navajo guides. We’ll photograph classic locations like the North Window and Eye in the Sky. Then, we’ll take you up to one of the more remote locations in all of the west, Hunts Mesa. You’ll enjoy a fully outfitted camp on the rim of this spectacular Mesa overlooking the monuments that disappear into the horizon at sunset and sunrise.
You’ll learn the art of composition and camera techniques to best capture this phenomenal geologic wonder. You’ll visit the valley in the darkest hours of the night to photograph the Milky Way draped over the buttes. We will teach both in the field and during our image review sessions at our local hotel situated to take full advantage of the fantastic views of the famous Mittens.
October 26–31, 2021
Itinerary and General Information
October 26, 2021: Meet at our hotel located on the rim of Monument Valley for check-in and orientation. Sunset shoot to fallow.
October 27, 2021: We’ll leave early with our guides to explore the regions of Monument Valley, based on current weather and light, and will be out most of the day. We’ll return for an early dinner before heading back out for sunset and night sky photography.
October 28–29, 2021: At this time of year, the fall sunrise turns the monuments all kinds of pink and orange. After our early morning shoot, we’ll head back for a hot breakfast and checkout. We’ll then head for our camp at the top of Hunts Mesa for the night. Sunset from the rim of Hunts Mesa is spectacular, and the view across all the monuments offers many layers and compositions. We’ll have a satisfying, hot meal prepared for us by our Navajo guides on an open fire under the stars. The following morning, we’ll photograph sunrise from a different vantage point, which overlooks the Yei be Chi Rocks and the “Totem Pole.” After a hearty breakfast, we’ll pack up and venture down the rough 4-wheel drive road to the base of Hunts Mesa. After many stops to photograph, we’ll make our way back to our hotel in Monument Valley, where we’ll have time for a hot shower. Based on conditions, we’ll head back out for sunset before dinner at the hotel.
October 30, 2021: We’ll have one last sunrise in the valley before breakfast and driving to Mexican Hat for our next location. Upon arriving in Mexican Hat, we’ll have lunch or an early dinner and head out to photograph the Goosenecks National Monument for the afternoon and sunset.
October 31, 2021: On this last morning, we’ll visit a favorite mesa with spectacular views of the canyon country and Monument Valley off in the distance. Here on Muley Point, giant sandstone slabs angle off into the abyss below, making for a striking foreground for the sunrise light. After heading down for our final hearty breakfast, we’ll say our goodbyes.
Additional Travel Information
We recommend flying into Durango and renting a vehicle. The drive is just over 3 hours, and we’ll help arrange rideshares.
What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop
Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
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!
What’s Not Included?
Transportation to and from Monument Valley, Arizona. Trip and cancellation insurance (optional). Personal sleeping bag. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Anything not specifically listed as included.
This workshop offers a rare opportunity to visit and photograph all of Monument Valley including the difficult to get to Hunts Mesa. Don’t wait too long or it will fill up, click the Sign Me Up button and we’ll see you there!