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The Ultimate Southwest Photography Experience including the Rocky Mountaineer Rail

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Program Overview

Enjoy 8 days 7 nights exploring the wonders of Utah’s Mighty 5, along with the wonderful new Rockies to Red Rocks route by Rocky Mountaineer.

Photography is the focus this week as you have the opportunity to capture the lights, colors, and unique geological formations of all 5 National Parks found in Utah, including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands.

Then take a luxury journey along the Colorado River from the Red Rock formations of the Colorado Plateau to the alpine vistas of the Colorado Rockies.

Program Type

Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Birding and Wildlife
Bucket List Learning
Theater Arts
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused
Writing and Literature

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Explore an Interest
Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

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Walk 3 to 5 miles per day at a minimum with 300 to 1500 ft of elevation gain or loss during the hike. Also trails are uneven.

What You Will Learn/Do

Learn how to use your camera in low light, full light, and other situations to enhance and bring out the unique landscape you will be exploring

How to use foreground and background combinations to enhance a photo

Sunrise or sunset photography and how to draw out the color

Learn about the unique geology that exists in Southern Utah

Experience the multiple geological layers of the Grand Staircase and the volcanic intrusions and how they affect the surrounding geological layers

Why This Program Is Unique

Private Guided Excursions

Geologist and photographer to guide you for the duration of the trip

The new Rockies to Red Rocks Luxury Train Journey by Rocky Mountaineer

How This Program Benefits The Local Community

We use local guides who live in the communities you visit to ensure that we support the local community. Also we focus on using local vendors for hotel stays, restaurants, etc.

Our guides focus on leave-no-trace principles when out hiking and exploring to reduce the impact on the local environment to ensure the same experiences can be had by future generations.

Program Itinerary

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Open All Days

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Services Included

Services of a Learning Journeys director/photographer Comfortable transportation on a Mercedes Sprinter Van 7 nights hotel accommodations 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners Park Entrance fees Two Day Rockies to Red Rocks aboard Rocky Mountaineer (Silver Leaf Service) Gratuities for included meals and baggage handling (one suitcase per person, where available)

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