Southern Utah Fall Colors
Oct 19-23, 2022
Fall brings gorgeous displays of color to the diverse landscapes of Southern Utah. We journey through Capitol Reef, Escalante, and Zion in pursuit of the perfect autumn colors. The itinerary is flexible, allowing us to chase the best weather and conditions. We aren’t planning any difficult hikes on this workshop, but we may have one day where we’ll hike up to 6-miles over easy terrain. All participants should be in good physical condition and be able to hike with their camera gear.
- Late-October brings peak fall color to many of Southern Utah’s most scenic destinations. The workshop will focus on Capitol Reef, Escalante, Zion and all areas in-between!
- Learn new photography skills and receive image critique from pro instructors Johnny Adolphson and and Nickolas Warner.
- With permits to guide all over the Southwest, the itinerary will be kept flexible to allow us to chase the best fall colors. Our job is to get you the best photos possible!
- Post-processing instruction is included throughout the workshop to improve your skills in Photoshop and Lightroom.
- We provide the transportation during the workshop so you don't have to worry about the rough roads.
In order to give our clients the best possible photography experience, we keep the itinerary flexible to account for autumn color, weather conditions, and group interest. The workshop dates coincide with peak fall color in places like Capitol Reef, Escalante, and East Zion. However, fall color can be a fickle thing and it sometimes comes earlier or later than predicted. No matter what happens, we'll get you to the best locations for fall color.
- Day 1 – Oct 19: The Workshop begins at 11AM in Kanab, UT with a short orientation session and classroom style instruction. After lunch, we load up the rig and head north towards Capitol Reef National Park. This drive is incredibly beautiful and there’s little wonder why it’s deemed one of the most scenic highways in America. We’ll stop to photograph the prime fall colors along the way. After photographing sunset from a beautiful viewpoint, we arrive in Torrey, UT after dark to check into our hotel.
- Day 2 – Oct 20: We are up well before dawn to photograph sunrise at a dramatic arch. Next, we visit several spots along the river with clusters of cottonwood trees in peak fall colors. Their yellow color really pops in the mid-morning light and is the perfect complement to the blue sky above. We spend the rest of the day photographing areas in and around Capitol Reef National Park. After dinner, we elect to go out and shoot some nightscapes before retiring to bed.
- Day 3 - Oct 21: We shoot our final sunrise in Capitol Reef before heading for the town of Escalante. After checking into the hotel, we begin the afternoon with a hike through a tree-filled riparian canyon. The fall colors deep in this canyon are simply incredible and we take our time photographing both grand and intimate scenes. The waterfall at the end of the canyon is just icing on the cake! We shoot sunset overlooking the brilliant fall colors of the Escalante River.
- Day 4– Oct 22: After a sunrise shoot in Escalante, we begin our journey back to Kanab, stopping for photo ops along the way. After checking into our hotel and a short lunch/mid-afternoon break, we head out for sunset amidst the fall colors adorning Zion National Park.
- Day 5– Oct 23. This is our final day together, and we up early to catch a brilliant sunrise at Zion. Fall color is at its peak, and we can’t get enough of the brilliant red maples, orange scrub oaks, and yellow cottonwoods. We also visit a slot canyon where the trees are just beginning to change color. The conditions are perfect for both big landscapes and more intimate abstracts. We return to town after sunset and the workshop will conclude around 8PM. Depending on your travel plans, you may want to consider booking an additional night's lodging in Kanab. We recommend Best Western Red Hills where the group will be based the night of Oct 22nd.
The trip will begin and end in Kanab, UT. We will provide transportation for all workshop outings but you also have the option to follow us and drive your own vehicle. The roads we will be driving between Kanab, Escalante, and Capitol Reef are suitable for passenger cars. We will ride together in our 4WD trucks whenever we venture off-road. If you do decide to ride with us between Kanab, Escalante, and Capitol Reef, cargo space is limited to one moderately sized suitcase and a camera bag.
The workshop fee includes double occupancy lodging. Single occupancy lodging adds an additional $350. We will be in Torrey the nights of Oct 19th & 20th, Escalante on Oct 21st, and Kanab on Oct 22nd. The workshop will conclude by 8PM on Oct 23rd. It's up to you if you want to spend the night of the 23rd in Kanab or head off somewhere else.
We aren’t planning any difficult hikes on this workshop, but we may have one day where we’ll hike up to 6-miles over easy terrain. All participants should be in good physical condition to be able to hike with their camera gear. Make sure you bring cold weather clothing in case we get some nippy mornings in the high country.
Drones are prohibited in the National Parks, although there are some areas outside of the parks they can be flown. You are welcome to bring a drone, but please be cognizant of other workshop participants and their enjoyment.
$2495/person + Tax
- 5-Day Intensive Photo Workshop
- All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
- 4 nights double-occupancy lodging. Single occupancy adds an additional $350.
- Post-processing instruction and image critique
- Park entrance fees.
Trip Does NOT Include:
- Transportation to/from your home to Kanab, UT.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Meals and snacks
When you complete the checkout process, you will be given the option to either pay the full amount or put down a 50% deposit. If you pay the deposit, the remaining amount will be charged 90-days prior to arrival to the credit card we have on file.
Recommended Camera Gear
- Sturdy tripod and ballhead
- Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
- Wide angle lens (16-35mm is perfect). For crop sensor, you'll want 10-22mm.
- Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
- Telephoto lenses will come in handy for creating abstract images and isolating the fall colors.
- Circular polarizer filters are useful. Bring any ND filters if you have them.
- Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
- Remote cord for your camera. An intervalometer will be especially useful for doing long exposures at night.
- Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.
Personal Gear List
- Sturdy hiking footwear, hiking socks, and long pants .
- A rain jacket and several warm layers since it can get cold at night.
- Headlamp for night photography.
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat.
- Water bottle or hydration bladder.
- Hiking poles if you like having them.
Johnny is a published landscape/fine art photographer living in Heber City, Utah. His award winning art can be found on the walls of clinics, hospitals, airports, hotels, restaurants and private homes throughout Northern Utah. In addition to being a photography guide, Johnny spends the winter months working as a powder ski guide. His years as a wildland firefighter show in his exceptional backcountry navigation and survival skills.
With landscape photography being Johnny's passion, he spends the majority of his free time exploring Utah's vast wilderness areas in search of hidden gems and new photo ops. Johnny is intimately familiar with the Wasatch and Uinta mountain ranges of Northern Utah as well as the the deserts of Southern Utah. Johnny loves to share his passion for photography with others.
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Nickolas is a photographer and tour guide with a particular interest in extreme and unusual locations. His travels have taken him to some fascinating locations, but the American Southwest is his favorite place to photograph.
Nickolas spent the past decade guiding in Alaska, where he provided instruction on photographing the aurora borealis, and shared his knowledge of the far north’s rugged terrain and resilient wildlife.
When not guiding, Nickolas enjoys long distance hiking and extended backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas.
Nickolas's portfolio can be found at Nickolas Warner Photography