Canyons, Monument Valley & Arches


Stand on the edge of sheer sandstone cliffs, rugged canyons, and flat top buttes of Utah’s high deserts.

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Stand on the edge of Utah’s sheer sandstone cliffs & buttes!

Canyonlands – Throughout the centuries, the waters of the Colorado and Green Rivers have sculpted the layers of rock of Canyonlands into the rugged landscape we see today. The park is divided into four distinct districts by the Green and Colorado Rivers. Each region has its own character and opportunities for adventure and photography. Our time in Canyonlands will focus on the Island in the Sky Mesa, a region that rests on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Every outlook offers a different perspective on Canyonlands’ spectacular landscape, taking us to rocky rims and breathtaking overlooks in the backcountry. We’ll explore dramatic and rugged canyons including the famous Shafer Canyon, Dead Horse Point, Green River Overlook, Grand View Point, and White Rim Road. And, of course, a photography workshop to the Canyonlands would not be complete without a sunrise shoot at the Mesa Arch!

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park – This red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border, is home to some of the most iconic images of the American West, and the Valley is also the sacred heart of the Navajo Nation. Combined with the towering sandstone rock formations, surrounding mesas, and flat top buttes that have been sculpted over time, the Valley is truly one of the natural wonders of the world. Some of the landmarks we’ll photograph include The Mittens and Merrick Butte, Elephant Butte, Three Sisters, John Ford’s Point, and Camel Butte.

Arches National Park – Home to over 2,000 natural stone arches, towering spires, precarious pinnacles, massive fins, and giant balanced rocks. In addition to spending a sunset with some night photography at the Delicate Arch, we’ll also explore the unique formations of the Double Arch and the Balanced Rock.


Some of the Shooting Location Highlights:

  • Shafer Canyon, Dead Horse Point, Green River Overlook, Grand View Point, White Rim Road, Mesa Arch
  • The Mittens, Merrick Butte, Elephant Butte, Three Sisters, John Ford’s Point
  • Delicate Arch, Double Arch, Park Avenue, Balanced Rock


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What’s Included In Your Tuition:

  • 5 nights lodging
  • Field meals and snacks
  • All ground transportation during the workshop
  • Workshop course materials
  • In-the-field photographic training
  • Post-production classes
  • Online prep & orientation classes prior to the workshop
  • Online follow-up classes after the workshop

What’s Not Included In Your Tuition:

  • Transportation to/from the Basecamp
  • Lodging beyond the nights included in the workshop
  • Meals

The California Center for Digital Arts is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.

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