Lake Powell Photo Tour
Full Day $299 per Person
- Lake Powell is one of the most iconic locations in the desert Southwest. We'll get you well off the beaten path and show you our favorite viewpoint high above the lake!
- This tour involves a lot of driving on rough roads. Very little hiking is required.
- You'll see many spectacular destinations on this tour besides Lake Powell. We'll pass through otherworldly badlands, rock hoodoos, alcoves, etc.
- Small group size capped at 5 people to ensure personalized instruction and individualized attention.
- We go out for the best light late in the evening and have even timed many outings with the full moon rise.
- Milky Way outings and overnight camping trips can be arranged if interested. Contact Us for more info.
- Tour Length: 8 hours
- Drive Time: 2-2.5 hrs each way.
- Time Spent on Location: Approx 3-4 hrs
- Tour Departure Time: Tour departure times vary throughout the year. Please refer to the time listed on your booking. Plan to arrive 10 mins early to load your gear and finish the check-in process. The return time is approximately 8 hours after the departure time. Note that we operate on Utah time which is one hour ahead of Las Vegas. During the months of Daylight Savings (approx mid-March through early Nov), Utah is also one hour ahead of Arizona.
- Minimum Group Size: Our tours require a minimum of 2 people for the base price. After you book, we will try to combine single travelers with others. In the event the minimum is not met, you will have the option to pay the 2-person rate and go on a private tour, reschedule to a different date, or cancel and get a full refund.
- Tour Meetup Location: The trip begins and ends in Kanab, UT. The address will be given in your confirmation email and is a safe place to park your vehicle. If you like, you can leave any valuables indoors. Once you arrive, you'll load your gear and sign a liability release waiver. Las Vegas is the closest major airport to Kanab. There is no public transportation to Kanab, so you’ll need your own vehicle. We recommend that you stay in a hotel in Kanab the evening of your tour. There are many good hotels in the area like the Best Western, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn & Suites, and the Canyons Boutique.
- Alternate Meet-Up Point: If you are coming from Page, AZ, we can meet you just a few miles east of town at the BLM Visitor Center in Big Water, UT. Pickup time will be one hour after the scheduled tour departure time in Utah time. PLEASE CONTACT US AHEAD OF TIME TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS. Note that the tour time will be 2 hours less since we won’t have the 60min drive time to and from Kanab.
- Permits: We hold commercial use permits for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
- Hiking / Fitness: This trip involves very little hiking so it is rated as easy. Just come prepared for some rough 4x4 driving!
- Weather Conditions: The weather around Lake Powell is usually pretty warm and sunny. However, storms and wind can pop up at any time, so make sure you come prepared. We cannot offer refunds due to weather unless we cannot go out at all. Don’t despise inclement weather – that is often when you get the most dramatic photos! Just make sure you dress and prepare adequately. It can get cold during the winter months.
- Road Conditions: The route out to Alstrom Point is very rough. But we'll make sure you get there safely in our well equipped 4WD vehicles. If it has been raining, the road becomes impassable due to sticky clay mud. Should that happen, we'll schedule an alternate destination based on group consensus (we have lots of amazing spots to choose from).
- Trip Itinerary: The exact tour itinerary is flexible based on the weather and current conditions. If time permits, we may add a side destination.
- Night Photography: We often get requests to do night photography during Milky Way season. If this is something you want to do, please contact ahead of time to make arrangements. You will be able to capture the full arc of the Milky Way over the lake March - June. Overnight camping trips can also be arranged.
- Food/Water: We do not provide food on our outings. All participants should bring food/water to hold them through dinner. Many folks will eat their dinner during the drive back to Kanab. We will have a cooler where you can store food and drink.
- What to Wear: You should check the weather forecast prior to coming on the trip and dress accordingly (check Page, AZ). Note that the temperature can drop quickly after the sun goes down. Don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Cell Phones: Bring your cell phone along! They are great for capturing candid images. Plus, most folks will have cell service where we go. There are USB ports in our vehicles so bring a charging cable if you need one.
- Group Size: Our groups will never exceed 5 people per guide. We like to keep our photo tours small so we can give adequate individual attention. For those photographers that feel more independent, we will allow you to wander away from the group and explore on your own within reasonable limits.
- Safety: Our guides are trained in CPR/First-Aid. All 4WD vehicles are equipped with extraction equipment and a first-aid kit. We carry a satellite beacon with us in case of emergencies outside of cell range.
- Guides: Due to scheduling complexities, we often don't know which guide will accompany your group until a day or two prior. If you want a specific guide, then please Contact Us to make your request. Although we'll do our best to make it happen, please note that there are no guarantees.
- Moon: This is a fantastic place to photograph the full moonrise! If you can plan your dates, make sure you come when the full moon rises right at sunset. You can verify this on apps such as PhotoPills.
- Camera Gear: You can make use of just about any lens on our Lake Powell trip. A wide angle zoom lens is useful when shooting from the canyon rim (equivalent 16-35 on a full-frame camera or 10-22mm on a crop sensor). A mid-range lens in the range of 30-100mm will provide nice scale and compression. Telephoto lenses will be useful for isolating rock formations in the distance. They are also useful if you're shooting the rising moon. Bring as many lenses as you like - just ensure your pack isn’t too heavy for comfort. All participants should bring a tripod. For filters, a circular polarizer can come in handy when there are clouds in the sky (it’s best to avoid polarizers on cloudless days). A neutral density filter can be nice to create long exposures for fast moving clouds and to smooth out any rough lake surface. Don’t forget extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies. Please contact us if you’d like to rent any camera gear for your outing.
- Cancellation/Re-Scheduling: Please see our Terms and Conditions.