South Coyote Buttes Sunset Tour

Full Day $299 per Person
South Coyote Buttes


  • South Coyote Buttes is a huge area full of great surprises for the visiting photographer. You can really let your creativity run wild here and take many unique photos.
  • We have found that the Cottonwood Cove area is best for photographers and unless otherwise requested, that is where we'll go.
  • Leave the difficult 4x4 driving and route finding to us and maximize your photography time.  Professional photo instruction and critique included on all trips.
  • Small group size capped at 5 people to ensure personalized instruction and individualized attention.
  • If you already have permits, you're set to go. We can sometimes attend the walk-in lottery for clients and if we're unsuccessful there we'll go to another destination like White Pocket.



  • Permits are required to access South Coyote Buttes and must be obtained via lottery. As commercial guides, we have our own permits for South Coyote Buttes. However, all clients must procure their own permits.
  • If we are available, we may be able to attend the walk-in lottery for you the day before. You will have the option to add this service during the online booking process. We charge $30 to attend the walk-in lottery. If you do not win the lottery, we’ll simply change our itinerary to a different location like White Pocket.
  • To apply for the online lottery, simply visit THIS LINK and look for available dates on the calendar. For the best chances, go to the calendar 3 months ahead of time at 12PM on the 1st day of the month. Dates can fill quickly after the 1st of the month. For example, if you wanted to visit in August, you would visit the calendar on May 1st at 12PM and select the August date for your permit.
  • The other option is the walk-in lottery which is held at the BLM Visitor Center in Kanab Utah (745 E. Highway 89).  You’ll want to be there between 9:30 and 10AM Utah Time to submit your application. If less than 10 people are there, permits are issued on the spot.  If not, there will be a drawing.  There is not usually much competition for South Coyote Walk-In permits.  Note that the BLM office is closed on weekends during the winter months.  If you wanted a Sat/Sun/Mon permit, you would need to go in on Friday.  Check their website for winter hours and holidays.  All walk-in permits are good for the next day unless it’s a special case holiday or winter weekend draw.
  • More information on the permit system can be found here: Coyote Buttes Permits
South Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes South

Trip Details

  • Tour Length:  8-9 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 hrs
  • Tour Departure Time: Please see the time listed on your booking since the times vary throughout the year.  Please arrive around 10 mins early to load your gear and finish the check-in process.  The return time is approximately 8-9 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.  Please take this into consideration if traveling from out of state.
  • Tour Pricing: Please click on the Book Now 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: You will meet at our home in Kanab, UT. The address will be given in your confirmation email. This is a safe place to park your vehicle. If you like, you can leave any valuables inside the house. Once you arrive, 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.
  • Areas: South Coyote Buttes is a large area that simply cannot be fully explored in a single day (or even a week).  We’ve found the Cottonwood Cove area to be the most photogenic and this is where we take the majority of our clients.  However, we may decide to visit the Paw Hole section if we are short on time or due to client interest.  The South Teepees can be accessed via a long hike from Cottonwood Cove.

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  • 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.
    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.
  • Weather Conditions: We can almost always get to South Coyote Buttes 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: For Cottonwood Cove, it’s a sandy 0.6 mile hike to the first brainrock sections. The hike is a little shorter from Paw Hole. Once on the brainrock, we’ll show you many of our favorite photo spots. Some will require more agility than others. You will hike anywhere from 2-5 miles on this outing depending on the mobility of the group and how long we spend at each spot. 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.
  • 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.
South Coyote Buttes
South Coyote Buttes Milky Way

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  • Food/Water: We do not provide food on our outings.  All participants should bring food/water to hold them through dinner and while hiking. 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 (search for Paria, UT on  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.  Even when it’s warm outside, the temperature can drop quickly after the sun sets.  You may wish to bring a light jacket for the evening.  If it’s very cold and or windy, don’t forget a warm hat and some gloves.  If rain or snow is in the forecast, bring a rain jacket.  We recommend wearing sturdy footwear in South Coyote Buttes due to the uneven terrain and sand.
  • Restroom Facilities: There are no facilities at South Coyote.  We will stop at a restroom if needed about an hour into the drive.  If you need to use the restroom at South Coyote, 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 South Coyote.  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 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.

Camera Gear

  • Camera Gear: A wide angle zoom lens is most useful at South Coyote (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. All participants should bring a tripod. 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.   Please contact us if you’d like to rent any camera gear for your outing.
  • Cancellation/Re-Scheduling: Please see our Terms and Conditions.
Sandstone Fins

"This was an absolutely amazing tour for my daughter and I! We are so grateful for this experience with Action Photo Tours and the best guide ever ... His knowledge, professionalism, kindness and sharing in our excitement made this a dream adventure come true for us! Do not hesitate to book with Action Photo Tours, no one else will compare!"

"Great night sky photo tour of hard to reach areas with phenomenal rock formations. Excellent post processing tips to bring out the best in the photos achieved through detailed planning ..."  


"I have been on a number of photo tours over the years, but this one was the best experience by far. My family was with me and I was the only photographer. [Action Photo Tours] made sure the trip was customized to the point where we all had a great experience, and we were able to fit it into our vacation plans."

"[Action Photo Tours] put us in the right location on the right day of the year to great to get unbelievable pics. "

"Our guides were very focused on getting us what and where we needed to get the good shots. They would never hesitate to go fetch equipment you needed or recommend settings and composition. I found it very helpful to lean on their experience."

"I took a 4 day night photography workshop and went on two additional day tours as well. In a nutshell, the workshop and the day tours were simply outstanding! ... although I was by far the most inexperienced member of our small group, [Action Photo Tours] did a great job of helping me with the basics of night photography while still assisting the others with more complex issues."

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