White Pocket Vermilion Cliffs

The Paria Plateau is the central geographic feature of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument; a remote region in the high desert of northern Arizona. Geologic wonders are the norm here: Navajo sandstone outcrops rise from the desert floor, and are sculpted by wind into fantastic shapes. White Pocket is among the most famous of these formations, and justifiably so; composed of swirling, thin-layered red-and-white sandstone layers, White Pocket is extremely photogenic. Many other areas within the monument also make great subjects, though, and we can’t wait to show them to you!

Join Muench Workshops pros Michael Strickland and Greg Vaughn on this five day photography workshop into the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. We’ll visit the multi colored Chinle formations near the movie town of Paria, and several other locations within the region. Both of your instructors are veteran landscape photographers, and will teach you their techniques for best composing your images, focus stacking, using neutral density filters, and much more. We’ll spend two nights in our fully-outfitted remote camp, where you’ll have plenty of time to explore the  sandstone formations and the surrounding plains. We’ll also spend three nights in Kanab, where we’ll conduct our signature image reviews and provide instruction on post-processing in Adobe Lightroom. 

Our camp complies with all the standards of a National Monument commercial use permit.


Utah and Arizona




September 22–27, 2020

Fitness Level:

Walking on uneven desert for up to 2 miles


1 Spot Left
Limited to 8 Guests

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. His methods were great! As a teacher with 45 years of experience I found Michael to be very supportive yet allowed me to move on at my pace and feel I was becoming ready to fly out of the nest.
— Dennis Oliver, Death Valley '17

Itinerary and General Information

September 22, 2020: We’ll all meet this afternoon at our hotel in Kanab, Utah, followed by a group dinner and discussion of the following days’ itinerary.

September 23, 2020: We’ll be up before sunrise to photograph the clay hills (Chinle Formation) outside Paria. We’ll then have breakfast in the field, followed by more exploring of the region. Weather permitting, we’ll hike into one of the more unusual sandstone formations in the swell, where we’ll spend the afternoon exploring and photographing. After sunset, we’ll return to Kanab for dinner, followed by an image review.

September 24, 2020: This morning we’ll depart Kanab for White Pocket. Expect a lovely drive through red desert landscapes. Once the group reaches camp, there will be time to settle in, have lunch, and take an orientation walk. White Pocket takes time to explore so we’ve allowed plenty of time for that today. Since we have a fully outfitted camp for two full nights, there will be plenty of opportunity to capture the formation in varied light.

September 25, 2020: We’ll continue to explore the White Pocket area, with plans for both sunrise and sunset shoots.

September 26, 2020: Our last morning in camp, and a last opportunity to capture sunrise over White Pocket. After breakfast, we’ll pack up and head back to town for hot showers and a comprehensive image review.

September 27, 2020: Weather permitting, we’ll have a last sunrise shoot near Kanab. The workshop concludes after breakfast and you are welcome to schedule flights home at any time today.

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.

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 Kanab, Utah. 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 $1,995 will hold your space in this workshop. The balance of $3,000 will be due not later than June 1, 2020. All of our standard terms and conditions apply.

Additional Information

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