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October 4-7, 2018

bSituated in the northwest region of New Mexico are endless miles of rugged badlands and ancient culture. Join travel photographer Kerrick James as we explore the ancient puebloan path of civilization in Chaco Canyon and the intriguing rock formations in the badland wilderness.

The expansive stretches of badlands in northwestern New Mexico is often dismissed as “no man’s land” when in quite the contrary it has a rich history of ancient puebloan civilizations dating between 850 and 1250 A.D.   During this time, Chaco Canyon served as a major hub for politics, ceremony and trade for thousands of people.  The distinctive architecture of the “Great Houses”, small villages and ancient structures that dot the landscape highlight the engineering and organizational feats of this ancient culture.


Travel photographer and writer Kerrick James has spent time documenting the puebloan path in the Four Corners Region.  During this camping-based workshop, Kerrick will guide photographers through this intriguing landscape to capture North America’s largest excavated prehistoric ruins including kivas, rock art and stunning vistas.

When not exploring Chaco Canyon we will head north into the Ah Shi Sle Pah wilderness and fill our memory cards with sandstone hoodoos, petrified wood and sweeping views of multicolored badland.



Designated as a “dark sky” location, we will have plenty of opportunities to practice star trails before tucking into our sleeping bags and tents.  Speaking of camping, you don’t need to bring anything except your camera gear and clothes, our outfitter Arizona Outback Adventures, will be providing a complete camp setup for everyone.  So if you really want to be a true outdoor photographer, you won’t want to miss this adventure into ancient culture and New Mexico’s badlands.



Kerrick James

Kerrick James received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University in 1982. He has photographed the lands and cities of the American West, Mexico, and the Pacific Rim for over twenty-five years, with increasing emphasis on Alaska, Hawaii and Baja California.

His work has appeared on more than 200 book and magazine covers and numerous feature stories in travel and inflight magazines such as Arizona Highways, Alaska, Voyageur, Virtuoso Life, Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic Adventure, Sky, Sunset, Conde Nast Traveler UK, etc. In addition to providing covers for two books by National Geographic, he has also shot guidebooks of the Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Las Vegas, and San Francisco for Compass American Guides. For Insight Guides, he has shot travel guides of Arizona, Utah, California and San Francisco. He is an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), Through Each Other’s Eyes (TEOE ), and the president of the Travel Journalist’s Guild (TJG). Kerrick resides in Mesa, Arizona with his sons Shane, Royce and Keanu.

Dates & Pricing

Workshop dates: October 4-7, 2018
Pricing: $1,595 per person
$500 deposit per person
Registration deadline: September 10, 2018
Spots available: Yes

Workshop Balance:

The final balance is due and payable 60 days before your workshop departure. Prior to the 60 days, you may log into your account at any time to make payment(s). Seven days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your final payment is due. If full payment is not received by the 60 day deadline, we will charge the balance to the credit card on file. If you are paying by check be sure to send it before the deadline or your reservation will be subject to cancellation.

Workshop Includes:

  • Photographic instruction
  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pads provided by outfitter AOA
  • All meals on location and two meals in transit provided
  • All applicable entrance park and permit fees


Cancellation Policy:

All three plus day workshops are subject to the following Cancellation Policy.

90 or more days prior to start Deposit is refunded less a $100 administrative fee.
89-61 days prior to start Full deposit is retained.
60 or fewer days prior to start Full cost is retained.

There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY, even for medical emergencies. All cancellation requests must be in writing and received either by US mail, fax or E-mail.

Travel Protection:
Arizona Highways PhotoScapes recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 03-0147.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

  • Group will meet at the departure hotel at 6:45am to load gear and depart at 7:00am for our full day journey to Chaco Canyon.
  • In route we will stop for lunch before proceeding to our campsite.
  • Upon arrival and tent assignment, we’ll grab our gear for our first walk about the ruins.  We will continue to photograph through sunset.
  • After enjoying a deliciously prepared camp meal, we will then spend some time practicing night photography.

Friday, October 5, 2018

  • Rise early for our first sunrise shoot amongst the ruins.
  • After our camp breakfast we will continue to travel the ancient roadways and photograph the “Great Houses”, kivas and other ancient architecture.
  • Mid-day we’ll have lunch and enjoy some downtime and visiting the Visitor’s Center.
  • Mid-afternoon we will head to Ah Shi Sle Pah to capture the intriguing rock formations at sunset.
  • Back at came after dark for dinner, optional night shooting and off to bed.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

  • An early rise will take us back into the Ah Shi Sle Pah wilderness for sunrise amongs the hoodoos and badlands.  After photographing through the morning light we will return to Chaco Canyon for lunch and rest.
  • In the afternoon we will again head out to explore the Chaco Canyon ruins, photographing through late afternoon and sunset.
  • Back at camp, we’ll enjoy another prepared meal followed by optional night sky shooting and bed.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

  • Our last morning we will capture sunrise along with other morning light opportunities before returning to camp for breakfast.
  • After a meal, we will pack our gear, thank our outfitters and head back to Phoenix.
  • In route we will again stop for a group lunch.
  • Arrival into Phoenix will be late in the day/evening.


Strenuous Rating:  Moderate

As a camping based workshop participants should be come prepared for an outdoor experience.  There are restrooms with flush toilets and non-potable water at the campsite.  Drinking water is available at the visitor center parking area. There are no showers or hook-ups.  Individual tents, sleeping bags and pads are provided by our outfitter.  This is wide open country with no shade other than your tent.  When hiking the canyon, be prepared for heat, rain, wind, and unexpected changes in temperature. Carry a rain poncho and a jacket or sweater. Wear hiking boots and a wide-brimmed hat, and use sunscreen. Carry and drink extra water. Eat lots of snacks. Take your time adjusting to the altitude and don’t overdo.


The Workshop will Depart from / Return to:

aHoliday Inn & Suites
3220 S. 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone: (480) 543-1700

A block of rooms are available for workshop partipants at a negotiated rate on the night prior to departure and on the day the workshop returns. Participants are required to make their own reservations and pay for these dates.

Lodging During the Workshop

Chaco Canyon
Gallo Group Campground
Negeezi, NM

During our stay, Arizona Outdoor Adventures will be providing our complete outfitted campsite in Chaco Canyon. Sleeping bags, pads and tents will be provided.