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Southwest Monsoon:
Grand Canyon Country

Trip Overview
Each year the summer monsoon brings with it the return of moisture to the high desert and rocky canyons of northern Arizona. During this time photogenic thunderstorms abound as they stretch across the region firing off localized sheets of rain, lighting and thunder.

Join Backcountry Journeys for an incredible seven day lodge-based photography tour of northern Arizona’s Grand Canyon country during the summer monsoon. This landscape photography oriented expedition will put you and your lens in front of the most iconic and spectacular locations Grand Canyon country has to offer, at a time when it is at its most electric and photogenic best.

Each day thunderstorms build towering cumulus clouds as they build, eventually bursting, sending sweeping rains, wind, and dust across the desert floor. These storms typically have high bases which can create long and forking bolts of lightning to occur. For photographers, these storms are truly the best in the world.

Our first day will take us to one of the most famous landscapes in the entire desert Southwest, Monument Valley. Here buttes, mesas, and other rock features dot the landscape in a most memorable and photogenic manner. This location is at the top of every landscape photographer’s list.

The next two days of this photography tour will be spent visiting locations around Page, Arizona. Famed locations like Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell will be the foreground for compositions that’ll include dazzling desert storms and magnificent skies. We’ll time a visit to Antelope Canyon X, a quiet canyon offering everything neighboring Antelope Canyon has to offer, but without the overwhelming crowds.

Moving on from Page we will travel by vehicle to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim where we’ll spend the remainder of the trip in front of over 525 million years of colorful sedimentary rock that have been exposed by erosion. Your guide has worked in the region for years, and is well versed in it’s natural and cultural history. Thunderstorms are sure to be firing off with regularity as we’ve timed this photo tour to take place during peak Monsoon season. The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and will live up to its reputation as one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places on the planet.

Aside from the fun, you’ll experience with your fellow photographers you’ll leave this trip with a new understanding of the rich natural and cultural history, in addition to a highly expanded portfolio of excellent images and a wealth of memories. Join us today for the trip of a lifetime through Grand Canyon Country.

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Please note: This is not technically a ‘hiker’ trip, but there are a few very short hikes required that can and will test folks who are not normally active or used to the elevation. For Horseshoe Bend in particular participants will need to be able to hike uphill through sandy and uneven rocky terrain, with no handrails or other aids, in more than likely hot and exposed conditions. 

Southwest Monsoon:
Grand Canyon Country

7 Days / 6 Nights

Price: 
from $3895 double occupancy
+$700 single occupancy


Deposit: $1000

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

Lodging: 6 nights lodging

Fly In/Out: 
Flagstaff, Arizona
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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Trip Details
Physical Requirements 
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to walk a day-pack.


Group Size
We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.


Accommodation
Our first night will be in Flagstaff, Arizona and then we will be staying on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and in Page, Arizona.


Meals
Most meals are included during the trip dates and we typically eat at park lodges in the evening as well as a hand picked local restaurants. We often do snacks on the trail and then return for a late breakfast during photography trips as we are often out early to capture the morning light.


Weather
Expect warm days with cooler mornings and nights. Mornings are normally clear with Monsoon storms rolling in during the afternoon. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly for rain & stormy weather! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.


Price Includes
Most Meals, ground transportation to/from and within Grand Canyon National Park, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.


Price Does Not Include
Airfare, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities.

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  • Grand Canyon's North Rim
The North Rim hosts an entirely different life zone than the South Rim, as it towers roughly 1,000 feet above the south side. It is an OUTSTANDING location to capture dramatic skies and lightening during monsoon season!
  • Learn from a pro!
Get hands on 1:1 instruction from a professional photographer while shooting dramatic skies and lightening combined with the grandeur of the Grand Canyon.
  • Cutting Edge Photography Techniques
Expect to learn everything from basic camera settings for landscape photography to more advanced techniques for capturing lightening.
  • Small Groups

We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.

  • 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 Expereince!

    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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8am to 4pm Mountain Time
928-478-1521
adventure@backcountryjourneys.com

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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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