White Pocket Overnight Tour
Starting at $599 per Person
- Staying overnight is the best way to photograph White Pocket. Many unique compositions can be made here and you'll want to come back again and again.
- As opposed to other outfitters, we cater to photographers by chasing the best light, showing you great compositions, and giving you photo instruction
- You'll get sunset, sunrise, and night photos on this trip!
- Leave the difficult 4x4 driving and route finding to us and maximize your photography time.
- It's a quick 5-10 min walk from where we park. We'll walk around the brainrock and show you some of our favorite compositions.
- Small group size capped at 5 people to ensure personalized instruction and individualized attention.
- Tour Length: 16-24 hours, depending on time of year.
- Drive Time: A little over 2 hours each way with 1 hour on pavement and 1 hour on rough roads.
- Time Spent on Location: Variable depending on season. Approx 15-20 hours.
- 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 at the top of the page 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.
- Camping Gear: Camping gear rental is $49/person and includes tent, sleeping bag, mattress, pillow, chair, and food. Please do not expect luxury camping. Our goal on this trip is to maximize your photography, so we spend as little time as possible in camp. We’ll camp just a short distance from our vehicle(s). If you elect to bring your own camping gear, note that cargo space is limited so do not bring too much stuff.
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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 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. We’ll chase the light and take you where you’ll get the best photos. 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.
- What to Bring: You’ll need to bring any personal toiletries and medications. All participants should have a headlight (or flashlight). Don’t forget some warm clothes and a hat. It’s also a good idea to bring a water bottle (makes things like brushing your teeth much easier).
- 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.
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- Food/Water: We will provide food and water on this trip for those that pay the fee to rent camping gear. A hot meal will be served for dinner. Breakfast will include coffee/tea and there is a selection of cold and warm food choices. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. We will have a water container you can use to refill any water bottles.
- 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. Even when it’s warm outside, the temperature can drop quickly after the sun sets. You should bring a 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 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 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 & Night Photography
- 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.
- Night Photography: We include at least an hour of night photography guiding/instruction on our overnight trips. You can do more than that on your own if you’d like. Depending on what the group wants, we will teach either natural lighting or low-level lighting techniques. The galactic core of the Milky Way can be seen from March through Early Oct. Make sure you plan your dates for little to no moon interference if you want to photograph the Milky Way. On nights where the moon is out, we’ll focus on moonscapes instead, which can be really cool with a few clouds. You’ll want a fast wide-angle lens, preferably on a full-frame camera body for night photography (f2.8 or faster). We may have gear you can rent for night photography. Also, you’ll need a remote cord or intervalometer. Practice using your camera in the dark before you come!
- Cancellation/Re-Scheduling: Please see our Terms and Conditions.