Getting on/off vans; driving approximately 1 hour to Dead Horse State Park. Walking 1-2 miles at each stop, carrying photographic equipment. Sturdy footwear and layers recommended.
Early diner plated meals.
We will leave the diner and travel by van to Dead Horse Point State Park for our early morning photo location. The dramatic landscape of the canyon walls become illuminated as the early morning sunbeams work their patterns down to the Colorado River 2,000 feet below. The park is so named for the wild mustangs that roamed the area before the turn of the 19th century and the natural corral the promontory made for those that were corralled, unsold, and released. It is said a band of “broomtails” died of thirst in sight of the Colorado below. Prior to our return to Moab, we’ll stop along the Colorado River to look at ancient petroglyphs and a view of the distinctive Jug Handle Arch.
At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, with choices from a menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
After some time to relax or individual appointments with our instructor, we will leave Moab in the mid-afternoon and, after a beautiful and dramatic drive through the entrance of Arches National Park, we will have a one-way photography hike on the Park Avenue Trail (1 mile). This particular hike is a favorite, as it winds through 1,000-foot towers of red sandstone. Vans will pick us up at the lower trailhead. We’ll stop next at our sunset location, a picnic area with a view of Balanced Rock and the rugged red rocks and distant LaSal mountains in the background.
In the park, we will have a boxed dinner out in the field, including a choice of sandwich, fruit, chips, cookie, and water.
We will continue our photography until dark, after which we will return to Moab for an evening at leisure at the hotel.