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Arizona's Monument Valley and Hunts Mesa, Photo Workshop.

On the Arizona Utah border of Navajo Land is Monument Valley and Hunts Mesa. They are special places to both the Navajo People and Nature and Landscape Photographers. Unique in the American West these locations captivate the spirit of the west made famous by many iconic western movies.

Best of the Fabulous 4 corners area Workshop Series

April 8-12

Hunts Mesa Workshop

Join Jess and travel to the border of Utah and Arizona in this workshop to the little photographed areas of the fabulous 4 corners region of the American southwest. This photo tour will feature unique views and locations beyond the normal visitor locationsso you can captur the beauity of this land of red rock canyons and mesas. Most workshops to this area just visit the easy to reach places on the post card circuit. Not this trip. With us you can visit more remote and less photographed areas. Much of our adventure will have Navajo guides taking us to the places the non Native Americans are not allowed to go. We will show you how to explore capturing images of these great locations in ways to make your work stand out from the crowd.

Our Navajo guides are chosen for not only their knowledge of their homeland, but also for their skill, honed by years of working with professional photographers and film production companies. They will lead us to the most unique photographic locations in this icon of the American west. While doing this our guides will also tell us the stories and legends of their people in these sacred places.

Photographers come to Monument Valley, the Canyons and Hoodoos around Page Arizona every year seeking to capture great images of one of the world's most dramatic landscape locations. Great autumn light, red rocks, hoodoo's and the amazing southwest canyons will make this photo tour enriching and rewarding. This instructional tour is designed and timed to hit the best color and light angles in this vast scenic area. We are able to be extremely productive thanks to Jess's decades of experience in this area. While other tours will have you setting at your computer during the harsh light of the day we will be traveling to our next location to be on the mark at the best time in the best light.

We will take you to the places beyond the normal Workshop view point.

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Itinerary:( this time line is subject to change depending on Jess's knowledge of what the best images may be for the conditions)

April 8 - Arrive in Page and check in your room in the afternoon and meet for a brief orientation and sunset shoot near Page.

April 9 - After a sunrise shoot we will stop for breakfast and a description of what to expect during our trip to Monument Valley. In the afternoon we head out to the fabled Monument Valley where we will arrive in time to check into our rooms and a partake in a brief sunset shoot over the mittens.

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in Monument Valley.

April 10 th. We will depart well before sunrise to will meet our Navajo Guide for our first entrance into Monument Valley. We will explore compositions of the mittens silhouetted against the pre-dawn sky before proceeding to the Totems and dunes for sunrise. We will spend the rest of the morning photographing at locations such as the Anasazi ruins, Ear of the Wind and other locations off the beaten path available only to guided groups. We will spend time working to find the best composition and light angles available giving you opportunities most don't receive.

Our afternoon will be spent traveling to the top of Hunts Mesa where our guide will drop us off to catch the sweet evening light raking across Monument Valley as it can only be seen from this high vantage point. Meanwhile our guides will be preparing our evening campfire and dinner and be putting up our supplied tents and sleeping bags.


April 11. Before dawn once again, we will be in place to photograph one of nature most dramatic scenes as the sky changes from a faint pink to a bright orange, bouncing light off the red cliffs of the valley below. Late morning we will arrive back in Monument Valley for a short breather before rejoining our guide for an afternoon and evening of capturing the essence of Navajo land in Mystery Valley and Tear Drop Arch.


April 12th. Our Sunrise will be in one of the less visited valleys on the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau plus a brief stop at the Goosenecks of the San Juan before returning to Page  and the end of this portion of this great photo workshop

Of course the whims of natures light and weather will dictates possible changes in this general itinerary.


Price including Lodging, Transportation from Page, all Guide fees.

Monument Valley and Hunts Mesa $1995 Double occupancy Single suppliment $250


Join Jess on the 13th when combined with the slot canyon trip for morning and evening shoots at special locations to be choosen depending on the light.

Not included are your meals and guide gratuities.

$500 deposit holds your place.

For more inquires or to sign up go to our info/sign up page

See You there!





Selected images from spring in the 4 corners area


Monument Valley (Navajo: Tse Bill vNdzisgaii, meaning valley of the rocks) is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the northern border of Arizona with southern Utah (around 36°59′N 110°6′W), near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation, and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.

The area is part of the Colorado Plateau. The floor is largely Cutler Red siltstone or its sand deposited by the meandering rivers that carved the valley. The valley's vivid red color comes from iron oxide exposed in the weathered siltstone. The darker, blue-gray rocks in the valley get their color from manganese oxide.
The buttes are clearly stratified, with three principal layers. The lowest layer is Organ Rock shale, the middle de Chelly sandstone and the top layer is Moenkopi shale capped by Shinarump siltstone. The valley includes large stone structures including the famed Eye of the Sun.
Between 1948 and 1967, the southern extent of the Monument Upwarp was mined for uranium, which occurs in scattered areas of the Shinarump siltstone; vanadium and copper are associated with uranium in some deposits (see Uranium mining in Arizona).

Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. It is perhaps most famous for its use in many John Ford films, including Stagecoach and The Searchers.

Much of Monument Valley is only accessible with a Navajo guide.

Professional Photographers need special photography permits and tribal property releases to legally sell photos taken on the Navajo Reservation.

Photo workshops and tours need special permits from the Navajo Nation.



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