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Utah Photography Workshop

From March 13th to 21st, 2024

The Trip

Welcome to the Landscape and Night Photography Workshop in Utah! In this exciting nine-day journey, we will explore the most captivating corners of Utah under the expert guidance of José D. Riquelme, a recognized leader in landscape and night photography.

About the Tour


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From the Badlands to Goblin’s Valley, each day will take us to unique locations where the magic of light and darkness blends into scenes worthy of a masterpiece.

Needle, Factory, Cathedral Valley, and Moonscape Overlook will offer unparalleled opportunities to capture the grandeur of nature. Monument Valley and Valley of the Gods will be the highlight, challenging even the most trained eye with their palette of colors and textures. From dusk to dawn, every moment will be an opportunity to create images that tell stories and evoke emotions.

This workshop goes beyond technique; it is a complete immersion in the art of photography. Join us for a unique journey that will transform your photographic perspective and leave you with lasting memories of Utah and its stunning natural beauty. Get ready to capture the magic of photography in the heart of the American West!



Day 1: Salt Lake City

We will begin our journey with accommodation in Salt Lake City, providing participants with the opportunity to arrive and prepare for the exciting adventure that awaits them.

Day 2: Hanksville

At 10 a.m., we will depart for Hanksville, arriving by 2:00 p.m. to enjoy a meal and prepare for the sunset at Goblin’s Valley. We will return to Hanksville for dinner and rest, ready to capture the Milky Way in all its splendor and the sunrise.

Day 3: Hanksville

We will kick o  the day with an unforgettable sunrise at Goblin’s Valley, followed by a delicious breakfast. After a well-deserved break, we’ll have an editing class. As the sun sets, we’ll head to Factory Butte. After dinner, there will be an opportunity for a night session to capture the Milky Way at Factory and the sunrise at Moonscape Overlook.

Day 4: Hanksville

Another day full of wonders awaits us with a sunrise at Moonscape Overlook, followed by a hearty breakfast and leisure time in the afternoon. As sunset approaches, we will explore the Colorful Hills to capture unique images.

Day 5: Hanksville

We will rise early to head to Cathedral Valley, bringing breakfast along. We will return for lunch and rest until sunset when we will head to The Needle.

Day 6: Monument Valley

After breakfast, we will head to Monument Valley, check in at the hotel, and depart for the sunset.

We will rest until the night when we will venture out to capture the Milky Way and the sunrise.

Day 7: Monument Valley

We will wake up in Monument Valley, have breakfast, and rest until the night when we will head out to capture the Milky Way and the sunrise in Valley of the Gods.

Day 8: Salt Lake City

After the sunrise in Valley of the Gods, we will have breakfast and begin the journey back to Salt Lake City.

Day 9: Return Flight

Farewell to the group and the end of this incredible adventure in Utah. Return flight home.


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Dates 2024

  • March 13th to 21st, 2024
    March 13th to 21st, 2024

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  • A Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera or a mirrorless camera
  • A sturdy tripod with a ball head
  • A wide-angle lens, such as a 14-24 mm
  • A medium zoom lens, such as a 24-70 mm
  • A telephoto lens, like a 70-200 mm lens
  • It is important for a lens to have a good aperture for Northern Lights, such as a 14 mm f/2.8
  • A camera bag to carry all your equipment
  • 6-stop ND filter
  • A headlamp for night sessions
  • Batteries, cleaning kit, and memory cards
  • Drone
Clothing Recommendations

Our Photo Tour will take place during the winter season, and we recommend following the guidelines for appropriate attire to withstand low temperatures, especially during the night excursions. Temperatures range between 17 and -1º C (62.6 and 30.2º F).

  • FOOTWEAR: Mountain shoes or comfortable sports shoes – Foot and hand warmers (“warmer”) (optional, for those who feel very cold at night).
  • UPPER CLOTHING: Thermal T-shirt or inner thermal shirt. – Sweater or pullover made of polar material (brands like The North Face, Columbia, Patagonia, or similar) – Down jacket with support for temperatures up to -1ºC (30.2º F). – Neck gaiter. – Thermal gloves. – Woolen hats for the head.
  • LOWER CLOTHING: Thermal leggings. – Winter pants. – Wool socks.

For technical winter clothing, we recommend brands such as The North Face, Columbia, Patagonia, Helly Hansen, or similar.

  1. Wi-Fi will be available in all hotels. (For participants outside the USA), you can purchase a virtual e-SIM in advance from websites like https://esim.holafly.com/ or other similar services and activate it upon landing in the USA.


  2. You can exchange your currency for Dollars at the airport.


  3. The USA uses American type A electrical outlets, so if you are coming from Europe, you will need an adapter.


Flights to Salt Lake City
You should book your flight with a destination to Salt Lake City Airport, which will be the arrival and departure airport (SLC).
We recommend arriving in Salt Lake City before 12:00 noon on the start day of the tour so as not to miss the orientation session.
Some participants choose to arrive a day before the start of the tour, which could be an excellent idea to begin the tour rested, especially if you have had a long flight.

To enter the USA, you must have a visa or an ESTA if you are from Europe.

Meals are not included in the tour price. Generally, we will have breakfast at our accommodation and enjoy meals and dinners at local restaurants.
During the day, we might opt for snacks and picnics on some days to streamline and maximize the time dedicated to photography.
We suggest being prepared to allocate approximately $60-$80 USD per day for your food expenses.


During our photographic journey through Utah with Ice Monkey Tours, we will be accommodated in a range of delightful hotels, strategically chosen for their proximity to our route’s iconic destinations such as Monument Valley, Badlands, and Hanksville. Each hotel is selected for its convenience to these stunning photographic sites and for the comfort it offers. As we explore the dynamic landscapes of Utah, our accommodation will shift to different hotels throughout the trip, ensuring we remain close to each day’s unique points of interest. In locations like the majestic Monument Valley, the striking Badlands, and the intriguing landscapes around Hanksville, you will enjoy the comfort of cozy double rooms with private bathrooms, making your photographic adventure through these iconic Utah landmarks both memorable and comfortable.


Photography Workshop in the Badlands of Utah

When will the workshop take place?

The workshop is scheduled for March 13th to the 21st. Check our calendar on the registration page for detailed information.

Where will the workshop be held?

The workshop will take place in the Badlands of Utah, a unique and stunning landscape offering a variety of extraordinary photographic opportunities. We will also spend two days in Monument Valley.

Who are the instructors of the workshop?

We have experienced nature photographers who will share their knowledge and techniques. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to learn about aerial photography with drones.

What skill level is required to participate?

The workshop is designed for photographers of all levels, from beginners to professionals. Sessions will be adapted to meet the needs of all participants, including an introduction to using drones for photography.

Can I use my drone during the workshop?

Absolutely! We encourage you to bring your drone to capture stunning views from the skies of the Badlands. We will be able to fly every day except in Monument Valley.

Are there any restrictions for flying drones in the area?

Only in Monument Valley.

Can I receive instructions on aerial photography with drones during the event?

Yes, there will be specific sessions during the workshop dedicated to aerial photography with drones. Our experts will guide you on best practices and techniques for capturing spectacular images from the air.

Is there an additional fee for using drones during the workshop?

Yes, in Goblin’s Valley, a $10 permit is required.

Can I get advice on purchasing a drone before the workshop?

Yes, our instructors will be happy to provide guidance on selecting and configuring drones for photography, both before and during the event.

Can I bring my laptop?

Yes, we recommend it for learning editing techniques.

We look forward to answering all your questions and seeing you in the Badlands for a photographic experience, including the exciting opportunity to capture aerial images with your drone!

  • Price

    Price for 1 traveler


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  • Deposit Policy: A reservation is confirmed upon a deposit of US$ 1,000. No spots will be reserved without the deposit.

    Final Payment: The final amount must be paid 30 days before the trip begins.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We understand that attending our workshops requires prior commitment, and also that life events can occur that force you to cancel a trip. Depending on the cancellation date, the following conditions will apply:

  • More than 90 days before the start date of the workshop: Full refund of payments made.
  • Between 90 and 60 days before the start of the workshop: 50% of the booking will be refunded.
  • 60-30 days before the start of the workshop: 35% of the booking will be refunded.
  • Within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: No refund will be made.
General Conditions of our Tours


  • IceMonkey is not responsible for accidents to workshop participants and will not cover medical expenses if necessary. During the workshop, each participant is responsible for their own safety and physical integrity.
  • IceMonkey is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the workshop. Each participant is responsible for their own photographic equipment.

Travel insurance is mandatory.


  • Each day of the expedition, all participants must be punctual at the established time. All participants must be at the starting point of the expedition for its beginning. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must communicate with someone from the IceMonkey staff as soon as possible.
  • Respect:
    Participants may be at different levels of knowledge about the subject, which requires patience when explaining topics that are already familiar to them. The photographic area of each participant must be respected. Disrespect towards a participant or staff member will not be tolerated.

This is a discrimination-free space. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, discrimination based on sexual orientation, or gender identity.


  • The tour and its itinerary depend on the weather and can change at any moment. We will always be attentive to the best weather conditions to determine where to go and optimize the taking of photographs.

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