Zion and Beyond

November 1 -3, 2022 with optional 4th day into the Narrows

I am so excited to announce my upcoming workshop in Zion National Park!  Zion is one of the most popular of the National Parks with over 5 million visitors in 2021, and for good reason.  Zion canyon was carved by the Virgin River, leaving in its wake enormous sandstone cliffs that tower above you.  The park is home to diverse wildlife, spectacular views, and a slot canyon experience like few others.  I have had the great fortune of exploring Zion on numerous occasions after my parents chose to retire in a town near the park.  My many trips to visit my parents have brought me back repeatedly to the park and I look forward to sharing some of my favorite photography locations with you.

This workshop will focus on some of the iconic views of Zion, as well as locations that are still (thankfully) off the radar and/or outside of the park.  While many locations are close to the road or have a short walk to reach, others do require a bit of hiking.  The shortest hike planned is approximately one mile round trip, while the longest is just short of 7 miles roundtrip and takes approximately 1 1/2 hours to get to the overlook and an equal amount of time to get back to the trail head.  I cannot emphasize enough the need to evaluate your own physical fitness to determine if you are able to do these hikes.  Some of the planned hikes include:

 

  • Watchman Trail - rated moderate - 3.3 miles round trip;

  • Emerald Pools - rated easy to moderate - 1.2 miles round trip;

  • Canyon Overlook Trail - rated moderate - 1 mile round trip; and

  • East Mesa Trail - rated  moderate - 7 miles round trip.
     

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Recommended Equipment

D-SLR or Mirrorless Camera
Tripod

Wide Angle Lens
Midrange Zoom lens

Telephoto Lens
Remote Shutter Release
ND & Polarizing Filters
Comfortable Hiking Shoes

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Dates:

November 1-3, 2022.  There is an optional 4th day on November 4, 2022 for those who would like to hike the Narrows.  The Narrows is considered a strenuous hike.  It is an out-and-back of up to 9.4 miles roundtrip, however you can turn around at any point.  In addition to the recommended equipment listed above, you will also need a waterproof bag.  Waterproof shoes and hiking poles are also highly recommended, however you can rent those prior to the hike.

Cost:

The cost for those who register prior to September 30, 2022 is $1,500.00.  For those who register on or after October 1, 2022, the cost is $2,000.00.  A deposit of $750.00 must be made to reserve your place in the workshop.  The deposit is fully refundable for cancellations prior to October 16, 2022.  A 50% refund will be made prior to October 23, 2022.  No refunds will be made after October 23, 2022 unless your spot is able to be refilled.

What's Included:

- Instructional assistance with composition and using the best light
- Transportation from your lodging to the various locations we will be shooting
- Entrance fees into the park
- Lunch each day
- Lightroom editing tips
- Water (hydration is still important even in the cooler months)


What's Not Included:

In an effort to keep the cost for this workshop down, and to give you the flexibility to
control some of the cost, the following items are not included in the cost for the workshop:

- Airfare to southwest Utah
- Lodging (although I do recommend the Best Western located in La Verkin, UT or any of the
various accommodations in Springdale, UT)
- Breakfast and dinner (we will be shooting sunrise and sunset each day so you will want to plan
your meals around those times and bring snacks with you)


Planned Shooting Locations:

Locations will vary depending on weather, lighting, and park conditions.  A more comprehensive itinerary will be provided prior to the workshop.  However, the following is a list of some of the planned locations:

- The Watchman Viewpoint;
- Observation Point;
- Canyon Overlook;
- Hop Valley;
- Hoodoo City;
- Timber Creek;
- Court of the Patriarchs;
- Towers of the Virgin;
- Snow Canyon; and
- Red Cliffs Recreational Park.



For questions, to obtain more information, or to register for this workshop, use the contact form or email me directly at photomicke@outlook.com.