White Pocket Day Tour
White Pocket is one of our most popular destinations and has so much variety – white brainrock, colorful swirls and textures, hoodoos, reflecting pools, and more. The trip departs from Kanab at 8AM and gets back around 4PM. We’ll do a fair bit of hiking and show you some of the best areas. Although no photography instruction is included on the day tours, we’ll still take you to the most stunning spots. It’s a little over 2hrs driving time to get there, with the last hour along a rough 4WD road. You’ll get around 3.5 hrs on location. For those who are more serious about their photography, you’ll want to book our White Pocket Sunset or Overnight Tours. Please Contact Us with any questions.
Tour Length: 8 hours
Drive Time: A little over 2 hours each way with 1 hour on pavement and 1 hour on rough roads.
Time Spent on Location: Approx 3.5 hours
Tour Departure Time: This trip leaves Kanab at 8AM and returns around 4PM. Please arrive around 10 mins early to load your gear and finish the check-in process. 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. Please take this into consideration if traveling from out of state.
Tour Pricing: Please click on the Book Your Tour button for the latest pricing. Note that most of our tours require a 2-person minimum. Single individuals can always go, but may need to pay the 2-person rate if nobody else decides to join.
Tour Meetup Location: We’ll all meet up in the parking lot of Glazier’s Market in the center of Kanab. The address is 264 S 100 E. Here is the google maps location: https://goo.gl/MFHjOK. Once you arrive, look for the vehicle marked with Action Photo Tours and we’ll ask you to load your gear and sign a liability release waiver. If you haven’t yet paid in full, we’ll take the remaining payment via cash or credit card. Contact us if you are unable to get to the meet-up spot and we’ll make alternate arrangements. Las Vegas is the closest major airport to Kanab. There is no public transportation to Kanab, so you’ll need your own rental car or private 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 Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn & Suites, and the Canyons Botique.
Tour Meetup Outside of Kanab: We occasionally get requests from folks coming from Page, AZ. Rather than meet in Kanab, we can pick you up at the Scenic Overlook on Highway 89A. Expect at least a 1hr 15min drive from Page, AZ. GPS coordinates are 36.722878, -112.060348. Here is the link to Google Maps: https://goo.gl/2ky0em
If you want us to pick you up here, PLEASE CONTACT US AHEAD OF TIME TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS. We will come by approx. 45-60 mins after the tour departure time (note that this is Utah Time, not Arizona Time). Look for the vehicle marked as Action Photo Tours.
Permits: No permits are required to access White Pocket.
Weather Conditions: We can almost always get to White Pocket despite what the weather throws at us. The only time we couldn’t get out there was after we got over a foot of snow this past winter. We’ll still go even if it’s raining or windy. If the weather is truly inclement, your tour guide may suggest you visit an alternate destination. This decision will be made the day of the outing based on the consensus of the group. Note that 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 for the weather.
Hiking / Fitness: You’ll be on the brainrock of White Pocket after a short and sandy 5-10 min walk from the parking lot. Once there, we’ll hike a total of 2-3 miles while visiting many of our favorite photo spots. The hiking is not strenuous, but it is over uneven terrain with some short, steep sections. All participants should ensure their fitness level is adequate for this trip.
Food/Water: We do not provide food on our outings. All participants should bring food/water to hold them through lunch and while hiking. 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 (search for Paria, UT on Weather.com). If it’s going to be hot, wear light-colored clothing and a hat. If the temperatures are cold, bring some warm layers and long pants. Don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen. If it’s very cold and or windy, don’t forget a jacket, warm hat and some gloves. If rain or snow is in the forecast, bring a rain jacket. We recommend wearing sturdy footwear in White Pocket due to the uneven terrain and sand.
Restroom Facilities: There are no facilities at White Pocket. We will stop at a restroom if needed about an hour into the drive. If you need to use the restroom at White Pocket, we will have toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and a shovel available. You can dig a hole back behind a bush to do your business.
Cell Phones: Bring your cell phone along! They are great for capturing candid images. Plus, most folks will have cell service out at White Pocket. Note that cell service is limited during the drive. 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 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.
Camera Gear: A wide angle zoom lens is most useful at White Pocket (equivalent 16-35 on a full-frame camera or 10-22mm on a crop sensor). There are opportunities for mid-range, telephoto, and macro shots so you can bring any of those lenses if you like – just ensure your pack isn’t too heavy. But do note that the bulk of your photos will come from the wide angle lens. For filters, a circular polarizer can come in handy as long as it’s not a clear, blue-sky day. A neutral density filter can be nice to smooth out rough water or create long exposures for fast moving clouds. Don’t forget extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
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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.
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