Wild Utah Outback

Join us in Utah's amazing high deserts for a remote photography camping experience in Capitol Reef National Park. We’ll have four nights of fully outfitted camping, allowing us to stay close to and really explore Cathedral Valley, Goblin Valley, and more. Camping "Muench-style" means we'll supply the tents, cots, mattresses, dining tent, kitchen, and of course, amazing food! We’ll also have three nights in hotels, where we’ll have our signature image reviews and post-processing instruction. We will shoot sunrise, sunset, and well into the night. This workshop is planned during a new moon, so you will experience some of the darkest skies on the planet. We will guide you to the best locations and teach in the field: shooting for panoramas and realistic HDR, composition, the art of seeing and yes, shooting the stars and milky way at night.

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


Wild, Utah




September 27–October 4, 2019

Fitness Level:

Moderate: Tent camping and
hikes of up to 2 miles, round trip


Limited to 8 guests

What a blast! Had never been to Utah, so I didn’t know what to expect—the scenery was absolutely inspiring and breathtaking. We had a great group of guests and instructors and phenomenal weather conditions for all of the shoots. Camping was a blast, loved being so close to everything and not worrying about hotels. Super comfortable with great food!
— Joseph Wu, Iceland '14, Goblin Valley Ninja ‘14, Palouse '15, Iceland Highlands '16, Tombstone '17, Antarctica '17, Lake O'Hara '18


September 27, 2019: Arrive Grand Junction, Colorado (GJT airport code) before 5:00 PM this day. We meet for a group dinner at 6:00 PM.

September 28–30, 2019:  September 28, we start with an introductory Lightroom session, and are on our way by 12:00 PM, heading out to our first campsite nearby to Cathedral Valley, where we will stay for the next two nights, shooting the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Moon and the surrounding area. We’ll be fully outfitted with all of our meals prepped and served for us. Expect excellent food throughout, with hot breakfast and dinner. We’ll pack our lunches in the morning before we head out. This is a stunning area, with excellent photographic opportunities at night, sunrise and sunset, and throughout the day.

September 30, 2019: We pack up after breakfast, and head to the Red Sands Inn in Torrey, UT. This is a travel day for our outfitters, who will meet us tomorrow at our next location. While in Torrey, after a bit of a rest, and time to shower, we’ll have our first crit session, where we will review images you’ve shot so far, and also demonstrate our processing techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop. We’ll head out in the evening for a sunset shoot, followed by dinner.

October 1–3, 2019: After a sunrise shoot and breakfast on October 1, we head out to meet with our outfitters at the second camping location, Goblin Valley. This geologic wonder is really a sight to behold, a valley filled with hoodoos of all shapes and sizes. We’ll shoot at all times of day and night, and will also include a trip to Little Wildhorse Canyon, a slot canyon nearby. We camp here for two nights, giving us ample opportunity to explore the area, and to photograph in a wide variety of conditions: night photography with the stars and milky way, light-painting, sunrise, sunset and more. 

October 3, 2019: On the morning of October 3, we pack up from camp and head to the Doubletree Hotel Grand Junction, shooting along the way. At the hotel we’ll have another crit session to review the images from the second half of the workshop, and to go over what we’ve learned. We'll use this classroom time to evaluate your best images and reinforce learned techniques in post processing. 

October 4, 2019: Optional sunrise shoot, followed by breakfast. You can leave anytime this morning, booking a flight that’s convenient for you. Feel free to bow out early on this day if the flights work better for you, but if you’re planning on staying through breakfast, then you should plan on flying out no earlier than 10:00 AM.

What’s Included

  • Double Occupancy Lodging (single available, just ask)
  • All meals during the workshop
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • All camp bedding, cots, sheets and sleeping bags
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction
  • Gratuities for camp staff
  • Fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Transportation to and from Grand Junction, CO. Any lodging before or after the workshop dates. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Travel and trip cancelation insurance.  Anything specifically not listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $2,495 will hold your space in this workshop. The balance of $3,000 will be due not later than June 1, 2019. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

This workshop is strictly limited to 8 guests. If you have interest, don't delay, click the "Sign Me Up!" button and we'll see you in Utah! Got questions?