Witness the red Navajo Sandstone cliffs listening to the Virgin River recite unspoken stories of the time. Experience autumn colors in one of the world’s most majestic national parks. Zion National Park. Zion National Park stands tall on the westernmost edge of the Colorado Plateau, beckoning for further exploration.
On this tour, we will explore Zion by shuttle, car, and by foot. Get to know the lesser-known nooks and grow to love the famous ones. With the colors of fall in full swing, capture Zion in pictures as you’d never imagined. And if we’re lucky, we’ll catch a dusting of winter snow.
This tour will focus on flowing water and swaying colors as the Cottonwood trees lining the Virgin River dance to the autumn breezes.
The views of Zion are breathtaking any time of the year—however, fall elevates this visual and visceral experience to another level. The fall colors peak in early November and add new tones to the color palette—contrasting vividly against the red sandstone rock.
If cancellation notice is received at least 60 days prior to the start of the workshop, the deposit transfer can be applied one time to a workshop of your choice with available space. You will need to sign-up for the new workshop as normal by paying the deposit, and your transfer amount will be applied to the remaining balance. If you need to cancel a second time prior to the 60-day period, the first deposit will be forfeited, and the new deposit will be transferable. For cancellations received 0-59 days prior to the start of the workshop, all deposits and workshop fees will be forfeited.
No refunds will be given for delays or cancellations due to inclement weather, flights, health pandemics, natural disasters, civil unrest, or other events beyond our control, either before, during, or after your workshop. We are not responsible for any additional costs you may incur due to delays or cancellations. Any reservation cancellations/changes outside the 60-day refund window will incur a $100 cancellation/change fee.
During the photo tour, we will take advantage of the best light during daylight hours to take advantage of our time in the park. We will be shooting sunrises and sunsets as well as scenes during the day. We make one afternoon free of shooting—for resting and learning how to improve post-processing skills in Adobe Lightroom.
Our first photo excursion will be afternoon/sunset.
All scheduled photoshoots are subject to change. We will do our best to utilize given weather conditions to maximize shooting opportunities for each day. We will provide a tentative itinerary and meeting times at our initial meeting. The itinerary will remain flexible according to conditions on any given day.
The photo tour will end after the sunrise shoot.
On one dedicated afternoon, we’ll help you improve your post-processing skills in Adobe Lightroom and streamline your photography management.
If so desired, we will also hold portfolio reviews on a one-by-one basis providing honest and constructive feedback.
The closest airport is Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS). It’s a 3-hour drive to Zion National Park. Other airports to consider are Salt Lake City International airport (4-hour drive), St. George airport (1-hour drive) and Cedar City airport (1.5-hour drive).
Jan is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer based in the Czech Republic. Jan regularly runs photography tours in Prague and the United States and more adventurous photo expeditions in places like Peru. Jan’s instruction on multi-day tours focuses on training each participant to see hidden compositions. Jan’s goal is to ensure each participant comes to understand composition and exposure, yielding more desirable results.
Growing up on the edge of St. George, Utah, A.J. spent countless hours around his childhood home climbing rock mesas and exploring the unknown, including at nearby Zion National Park. After graduating with a degree in graphic design from Brigham Young University in 2001, A.J. is currently working in the graphic design field with over 20 years of award-winning experience. In 2006 A.J. picked up a camera and, drawing on his art background, has been a successful Getty Images contributor. In recent years, he has focused on landscape photography—where his true passion lies. A.J. is excited to share his knowledge of Utah and the surrounding area with others.
Come prepared with clothing layers as mornings can be quite chilly, even frigid. We plan on arriving up to an hour before sunrise and staying beyond sunset and into the crisp nights when temperatures can rapidly shift in this desert environment. Weather can also be unpredictable, so please plan accordingly. It is not uncommon for it to snow overnight in the Zion area.
November is a temperature swing month in the high desert as winter begins to set in. Highs average around 60°F (15°C) during the day and regularly dip below freezing (32°F / 0°C) at night. The elevation of the surrounding area where we will be shooting is between 3,000 and 7,000 feet (915 and 2,133 meters).
Cold water hiking gear is required for our Narrows hike. We will be making time to stop at Zion Outfitters on one of the workshop days to rent insulated waders, waterproof canyoneering boots, and a wooden hiking pole for the Narrows. The Virgin River water—which comes from a deep, shadowy canyon—can be in the low 40s/upper 30s Fahrenheit (0-5°C) in November.
In the weeks leading up to the Zion Photo Tour, we will email recommended items to bring to ensure adequate preparation for the variable weather conditions.