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 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.