Back of Beyond: Autumn in the Southwest Photography Tour w Joseph Rossbach


The Details

  • Dates: November 9 - 15, 2018
  • Cost: $1995.00
  • Deposit: $500.00
  • Limit: 6 

Southern Utah & Northern Arizona, the Colorado Plateau is a nature photographers dream! Towering sandstone, deep canyons, slick rock domes, multi-colored badlands, hoodoo temples, slot canyons and autumn color at this time of the year. This tour will explore the best the area has to offer and is for the fit and adventurous photographer. We will be shooting in a variety of locations each day. We could start off our morning photographing  sunrise over slick rock and then hike to a slot canyon for mid day photography followed by a sunset over a canyon rim. We will be basing our locations on the weather and will travel frequently to the best spots to maximize the photographic opportunities. 



Nov: 9th - We will start at noon in St. George, Utah meeting at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites St. George North. We will kick off the tour with a hike that evening to a remote plateau of sandstone domes for sunset. 

Nov: 1oth - We will start the morning off with a sunrise shoot outside of St. George. Followed by a hike that afternoon to a slot canyon filled with waterfalls. After we finish the hike, we will decide where to go next.

Nov: 11 - 15th -  We will travel across Southern Utah in search of the best light and landscapes. We will be shooting a variety of locations and subject matter from slot canyons to epic vistas as well as intimate and abstract compositions of autumn color, badlands etc. 

Nov. 15th - The tour will end around 10am on the 15th. We will end somewhere in southern Utah or Northern Arizona no further than a 5 or 6 (possibly closer) drive to Las Vegas for clients to catch return flights later that evening or the following day.


We will only be booking our first evening of the tour at the Holiday Inn. Express in St. George. Each night there after we will either find a hotel near where we will be shooting the evening or we will camp in a remote location. Please be prepared and able to camp during this tour. Clients may if they choose sleep in their SUZ's or bring along camping gear. 

What to expect

Adventure and amazing photo opportunities. Joe knows this area of the southwest intimately and has been exploring and running tours here for over 15 years. I guarantee you will see and photograph locations that not only inspire you but that most never visit on photo tours.  We are keeping the number of clients to a small group of 6 to maximize learning and allow us access to locations where larger groups can not shoot as well as limiting the our environmental footprint.

Sample Gallery of locations and images we may photograph on this tour.


The closest major airport is Las Vegas McCarran International.  Las Vegas is a 2 hour drive from St. George, Utah. 

We highly recommend renting a big clearance 4x4 for this tour. listed below are a few rental facilities where a 4x4 can be obtained.     -     Enterprise Rental Flamingo     -    Both locations have 4x4 truck & SUV Rentals

* Clients may choose to drive their own 4x4 vehicles to the tour. We can also help facilitate a group rental for an SUZ if clients wish to share a 4x4 rental for the tour.

Physical Requirements

You should be able to hike at least 2-5 miles per day (not necessarily everyday), nogotiate uneven slick rock terrain and be able to squeeze through narrow canyon passages. 

Booking & Deposit

A non-refundable deposit of 500.00 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop.  Final payment is due no later than 30 days prior to the start of this workshop.  There is no refund after the final payment has been made (unless we can fill your spot).  Please see our cancellation policy for more detailed information.