UTAH: Fall Colors in the Wasatch



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2023 :: October 1 - October 7



From: $6,675 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC)


3 Participants


2023: 3 spaces available will be run as 7-day/6-night trip


This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.

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Highlights of UTAH: Fall Colors in the Wasatch

  • Hands-on photo instruction for landscape and maybe wildlife photography with Tamron Ambassador, Alyce Bender
  • The Wasatch Range has many narrow canyons, beautiful fall colors, and jagged peaks.
  • We will chase the best colors in the most scenic locations in this rugged mountain landscape.
  • Watch the sunrise and cast light across the colorful mountainsides below our vantage point.
  • Explore riverside views as we search for autumn reflections in the various rivers that flow through the Wasatch range.
  • Create a wide portfolio of images from small details to grand landscapes during this tour.
  • This is a new workshop being offered as a part of our Wildside Limited Series which are limited to three (3) participants and one photography workshop instructor.

Description of UTAH: Fall Colors in the Wasatch

This workshop will focus on capturing the fall colors and incredible landscape in the Wasatch Range of Utah. We will be chasing fall colors through the high elevation aspen forests and maple stands in northern Utah. From snow capped mountain peaks to grand vistas overlooking brilliantly colored forests, the group would work throughout the Wasatch range each day, taking short hikes and working from roadside observation points to capture all the color, texture, and beauty these mountainous forests have to offer. There might even be a moose sighting as well!

Length of Tour


Brief Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Salt Lake City, head to lodging

Day 2-6  Sunrise to Sunset exploring the Wasatch mountains and the autumn foliage scenes found around each corner

Day 7  Return home from Salt Lake City

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 –  Arrive in Salt Lake City, head to lodging

We will meet in Salt Lake City and have a meet and greet dinner before heading up into the mountains where we will be based for the remainder of the tour. At dinner we will discuss what to expect, photography strategies, logistics, and mountain photography protocol. 

Day 2-6 – Sunrise to Sunset exploring the Wasatch mountains and the autumn foliage scenes found around each corner

Starting before sunrise we will explore the Wasatch mountains and the autumn foliage scenes found around each corner. We will be flexible depending on where colors are peaking and what the weather is doing in the region. Locations likely to be visited (but may vary based on environmental conditions) include Guardsman Pass, Wasatch Mountain State Park, Silver Lake, Alpine Scenic Loop, and Big Cottonwood Canyon. Photographically we will be looking for everything from the grand landscape, intimate landscapes, macro details, and creative techniques. Note: Daily hiking may be up to 4 miles over moderate trail at higher elevation. 

Day 7 –  Return home from Salt Lake City

We will pack out early, catch one last sunrise before heading back to the airport for early afternoon flights home.


Cost is $6,675 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Salt Lake City, Utah (Airport code SLC.
This trip ends in same as arrival city (Airport code ).

Cost Includes

Cost includes airport transfers, all ground transportation, accommodations, meals, entrance fees and services of your professional leader(s).

Cost does not Include

Flights to/from destination city, trip insurance, or anything that is not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.

Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of participants registered the trip can still run with a small-group supplement fee per person determined by the number of participants.


Single Supplement

If a single hotel room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $720 will be assessed.

NOTE: For boat-based tours, see pricing options for single cabins. Single cabin cost includes the single hotel cost above.


Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.


Deposit Requirements

A $1,250 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.

How to Book

In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration.

Final Payment

For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.

For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.

NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.

This trip includes standard hotels in Park City, Utah.

Activity Level Rating: (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)

Moderate – most photography will take place near the vehicle or on short walks to photography locations but there is one day with some possible extensive hiking.

You want to have a good selection of lenses with you on this trip. Here are my suggestions:

  • A lighter weight telephoto such as a 70-300 or 150-600mm that can be used for intimate landscapes, detail shots, and any wildlife we may encounter.
  • A wide/ultra-wide and mid-range lens for environmental and landscape images. This would be lenses like 35-150mm, 24-105mm, 28-70mm, 10-24mm, or 18-400mm.  
  • Filters – a polarizer can help cut glare on water and foliage in landscapes. Neutral density filters will help create long exposures.
  • Tripod is a must for this trip.
  • Microfiber towels/lens cloths for cleaning lenses – we will potentially have snowy weather during the trip and keeping lenses clean is important.
  • Rain cover – very important if we end up getting any rain.
  • Gear and trip insurance – because you never know what might happen. 

We have the proper permits for the State Park.

Purchasing Flights

Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.

Detailed Trip Information

Upon notification that final payment is due (120 days prior to departure for land based tours / 180 days for boat based tours), you will receive a trip package of detailed information for your tour.

Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.

Travel Insurance

As with all tours, we recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to help cover your investment, for covered reasons. Please see our section on Travel Insurance.

Passport & Visa

US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries. See above for any required visa information.

Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin.

Itinerary Changes

The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.

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