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Availability : October 11-15, 2018

AHPW welcomes back Ralph Lee Hopkins, Director of Lindblad Expeditions as he leads a five day workshop into Havasu Canyon to photograph the pristine travertine pools of blue green water and the two of the most stunning waterfalls routinely rated in the top ten US destinations.

Workshop date: October 11-15, 2018

Pricing: $3,495 / $1,000 deposit

Instructors: Ralph Lee Hopkins

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Tour Details


Havasu Canyon is an unearthly wonder and the ultimate natural water park playground. Named after the Havasupai tribe, whose name translates to people of blue-green water, this destination is home to five incredible waterfalls, one of which is routinely listed in the top ten best waterfalls in the US — Havasupai Falls. Join National Geographic photographer, Ralph Lee Hopkins as he returns to Arizona to lead a fall photo adventure into one of the most beautiful locations in the Grand Canyon.

Considered the “Shangri-la of the Southwest”, this canyon gorge is bathed in turquoise waters that cascades into travertine pools. The graceful willows, lofty cottonwoods and lush greenery beneath the towering sandstone cliffs, is the perfect backdrop for amazing images. Hopkins, with his extensive background in geology and photography of the Grand Canyon, will treat you to a memorial five day photographic immersion of beauty and science.

Upon arrival into the Supai Village by helicopter, we will grab our camera gear and water shoes and begin our easy two mile hike to our campsite. Along the way we will enjoy our first of many refreshing waterfalls and travertine pools with stops at Navajo Falls and Fifty-Foot Falls. Under Hopkins keen guidance, he will show you how to create stunning images with reflections and milky smooth water.

Throughout our week you will experience the adrenalin rush of climbing down Mooney Falls, photograph Havasupai Falls from above and below, embark on numerous stream crossings and explore Carbonite Canyon and an old ore mine to bring home amazing shots. And if you want to really push your endurance, you can climb down Mooney Falls a second time and hike to Beaver Creek, a three mile hike one-way where the emerald green waters descend over multiple travertine steps and waterfalls.

Our seasoned guides and outfitters will make the week complete providing a well stocked campsite, delicious meals and comfortable camping accommodations.

Don’t miss an opportunity to experience this “must do” workshop with internationally acclaimed, Ralph Lee Hopkins.


Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees


  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

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Day 1 Arrive in Phoenix

Day 1 – Thursday, October 11
Meet at the Phoenix Airport Holiday Inn & Suites at 6:00 am for our departure 5.5 hour to the Hilltop.
Upon arrival at the Hilltop we will transfer our luggage for transport and wait for our helicopter decent into the Supai Village. (There is no set helicopter flight schedule. The Supai tribe has first flight access, all other tourists will be flown in as space permits. The wait can vary from a few minutes to a couple of hours. We will use this time to get to know each other and answer camera questions and other photo information).
Once our group has all descended down to the village we will get underway on a 2 mile hike to Havasu Falls.
Along the way we will make photo stops at Fifty-foot Falls, New Navajo Falls and other swirling water pools.
We typically arrive at our campsite by mid- to late-afternoon and get settled into our tents.
After a brief orientation by Ralph Lee Hopkins, the group will take a short walk over to shoot Havasu Falls in the late afternoon light.
Then its back to camp for our great dinner prepared by our outfitter.

Days 2-4Mooney Falls, Havasu Falls, Carbonite Canyon

Day 2-4 Friday-Sunday, October 12-14

Our days will start at first light with a variety of photo opportunities along the stream, falls and canyon.
On one day the group will descent down Mooney Falls, an adventurous climb down 200′ of canyon wall outfitted with rebar and chain handrails for the sandstone and man-made steps.
The group will continue traversing the stream and crisp travertine lined water pools photographing waterfall vingnettes and sweeping landscape canyon vistas.
Other days will be filled with phtographing from above Mooney and Havasu Falls as well as explorations into old ore mines in Carbonite Canyon.
Those with great physical endurance can challenge themselves for another hike down Mooney Falls and onto Beaver Falls, a three-mile hike downstream.
Others can meander above the falls and play with the light and reflections off the canyon walls.

Day 5Supai Village

Day 5 – Monday, October 15

Our last day we will rise early and pack our gear to give to our guide for transport.
After our final breakfast the group will begin the trek back to the Supai Village making stops at New Navajo Falls and Fifty-foot Falls for more rocks and reflection photos.
Arriving at the village we will await our turn to helicopter out of the Village.
Upon the entire groups landing at the Hilltop we will begin our travels back to Phoenix.
Lunch in route.
Arrive in Phoenix Monday evening where we will say our good-byes and adjourn the workshop.