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Night Skies of Joshua Tree
Trip Overview
Experience the awe and allure of the incredible night skies of the southwest. There is something magical about pressing the shutter and seeing the stars and Milky Way light up your camera LCD a few moments later. It’s an incredible genre of photography and on this workshop, we take you to the best location in the US for night photography – the desert southwest & more specifically Joshua Tree National Park!

Joshua Tree not only offers some of the darkest skies in the world, but also some of the most interesting landscapes for night photography. On this unique trip, we take advantage of the Milky Way orientation and moon phase to create fantastic desert Milky Way & Night Sky photos. The spring orientation of the Milky Way allows us to capture the galactic core over some breathtaking landscapes while in the fall it appears just after sunset!

Joshua Tree National Park features one of the most unique trees in the world, well actually, the ‘tree’ is a succulent, but it’s absolutely magnificent – of course, we’re talking about the iconic Joshua Tree.

You can only find Joshua Trees in parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. But, by far the most impressive display of Joshua Trees is in Joshua Tree National Park. The park has thousands of Joshua Trees, draped against a background of massive boulders and rock formations. Some might say the boulder fields full of smooth, weathered rock are even more impressive than the groves of trees.

All of these things and more, combine to create one of the top night sky photography destinations in the world.

Late spring and fall are fantastic times for photography in the park. Temperatures are comfortable, the core of the Milky Way is visible, and light is beautiful on the landscape.

This workshop starts and ends in Palm Springs, CA. Palm Springs has a commercial international airport for easy access – Palm Springs International Airport (PSP).

We stay at a unique (and really cool!) boutique hotel during the workshop (included) which features a great restaurant as well. Lodging and meals are important aspects of our workshops, and part of the experience as a whole.

As with every Backcountry Journeys excursion you’ll get ample one on one time with your instructor and improve your astrophotography in one of the most premier destinations on the planet. Aside from the fun you’ll experience with your fellow photographers you’ll leave this trip with a highly expanded portfolio of excellent images and a wealth of memories. Join us today for the trip of a lifetime to photograph the landscape and night sky in one of America’s most unique National Parks – Joshua Tree!
Night Skies of Joshua Tree
5 Days / 4 Nights

Price: from $3795 double occupancy
+$395 single occupancy


Deposit: $2000

Fitness Level: 1
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Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 5 nights lodging

Fly In/Out: Palm Springs, CA
For more information on this trip, please give us a call Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm Mountain Time: 928-478-1521.
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  • Desert Landscapes (Night & Day)
Incredible scenery, astro-photography, perfect weather & the unique alien landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. Does it get any better than this?
  • Learn Night Sky Photography from a pro!
Get hands on 1:1 instruction from a professional photographer while shooting under the stars. 
  • Cutting Edge Photography Techniques
Expect to learn everything from basic camera settings for wildlife to more advanced techniques like auto-focus tracking.
  • Small Groups

This trip strictly limited to seven photographers.

  • Awesome Meals & Lodging Included
Ask our past guests – one of the best parts about our trips is the food!
  • The BEST Trip Leaders
Our Trip Leaders are photography pros who have been exploring, guiding & photographing for years – you won’t find better trip leaders or instructors anywhere else.
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  • A Great Experience!

    What a great experience! The trip was well-organized from start to finish. Great photography locations from deep jungle to beach to river boat to night hikes. The schedule kept us busy but never hectic, and the accommodations were super comfortable. Shout out to our guide Ben - we saw so much wildlife! I'd highly recommend a trip with them.


  • In October I traveled with BCJ to Joshua Tree Natl Park for their night sky photography trip. This was my third trip with BCJ and I just reserved another trip. I keep coming back to this company because of the great experiences I'm having. I love the small groups and excellent guides. 


  • This was my first trip with Backcountry Journeys. It was excellent, and I have since booked two more trips. The itinerary, and the guides were excellent.

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928-478-1521
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BACKCOUNTRY JOURNEYS
"Backcountry Journeys offers guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens. We run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tours, Workshops & Safaris to incredible locales such as Yosemite, Alaska, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Hawaii, Utah as well as Botswana & Costa Rica."

- Russ Nordstrand, Backcountry Journeys Founder & Director
All Images & Content are property of Backcountry Journeys - Copyright 2022
CONTACT US
Monday-Friday
8am to 4pm Mountain Time
928-478-1521
adventure@backcountryjourneys.com

TRIP CATALOG

Download our Trip Catalog for detailed information on our many destinations for photography tours, workshops, and safaris.

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