This photo tour is specifically below the rim with light to moderate hiking. We’ll shoot sunrise from a location below the rim and will likely have the location to ourselves. There are many locations to shoot the dramatic morning light in Bryce Canyon from within the canyon and we’ll select the best one for the given conditions. Hiking will involve about a mile in the early dawn light with headlamps so we can shoot and experience the early light of glowing hoodoos followed by the sunrising above the horizon. Generally the compositions are better from within the canyon and will also allow for more unique images of Bryce Canyon! Hiking is intended to be relatively easy with about 500 feet of elevation loss and gain on the way out. We’ll intentionally be hiking slow as we return to continue to shoot as the morning light illuminates the hoodoos which Bryce Canyon is famous for!
- Meeting time is 90 min before sunrise.
- Update: We will meet at one of the overlooks (Sunrise Point/Sunset Point/Bryce Point). No transportation provided until further notice due to Covid-19
- Light to moderate hiking only. Hiking generally offers the best light and compositions in Bryce Canyon. Plus, we’ll likely be the only photographers there! More information about hiking and conditions below.
- Please be prepared for cold weather. Bryce Canyon can be windy in the mornings and is often colder than you think. We’ll advise you on the weather conditions prior to the tour.
- Tour Duration: 4-5 Hours
- Bryce Canyon offers many composition opportunities with one primary location for sunrise followed by many other locations after sunrise. There is a lot to photograph here!
- $300 per Photographer
- $50 per Non-Photographer
- Limited to 4 people total
- No minimum number of people
- Private Tour
- Please Note: 1 Photographer booking is required
What To Bring
- Camera Body (Digital or Film)
- Various lenses. We generally use anything from an ultra wide-angle to medium telephoto. Rarely do we ever need anything wider than 14mm. Bryce Canyon can be incredible with long lenses of 100mm – 600mm
- Tripod (highly recommended for this tour)
- Extra Batteries/charger. USB ports available in vehicle for charging.
- Circular Polarizer*
- Graduated Neutral Density filters*
- Extra memory cards/film (you’ll use them, guaranteed!)
- Hiking shoes/boots. We don’t recommend sandals or flip flops due to the rugged terrain.
- Extra layers. It can be cold at sunrise and sunset, even in the summer! More information below.
- No Food is provided.
- More hiking information can be found on the Bryce Canyon National Park website
- Winter in Bryce Canyon is generally cold and likely colder than you imagine. Please see our recommendations for gear and clothing. Please check the forecast prior to your arrival. We’ll also reach out prior to your trip regarding expected conditions.
- Trails in Bryce Canyon are well maintained, gradual and accommodating. Winter can bring firmly packed snow, ice or fresh snow. When trails are open in the winter, generally they’re well worn. If there is too much snow, some trails may be closed.
- Traction devices can be very useful on firm packed or icy trails. If you’re comfortable hiking on snow and ice, winter boots are often fine. Hiking poles with baskets can be very useful when hiking on snowy trails and for descending into Bryce Canyon.
- Hiking will be intentionally slow paced. Bryce Canyon is at an elevation of about 8000 ft above sea level so hiking is more difficult than at sea level. We’ll be moving slow and will have many opportunities to stop and shoot in the canyon.
- Elevation gain and loss will be about 500 ft. We’ll partially descend into the canyon and return. We’ll customize the amount of hiking to the group. For those wanting to shoot and experience Bryce Canyon with minimal hiking, please see our Bryce Canyon Sunrise Tour.
Clothing and Gear Recommendations
- Winter outdoor gear will include insulated snow boots and warm socks. Hats and gloves are always needed. A warm down/synthetic insulated coat and dressing in layers will be best. Depending on conditions, hiking pants with thermal leggings can be fine or occasionally dedicated snow pants may be needed. Generally hiking pants with thick thermal leggings work fine.
- Traction devices can be useful for those uncomfortable hiking on snow and ice.
- Hiking poles with baskets will help for hiking on snow and ice.
- Extra lens cloths are recommended. Lenses, viewfinders and camera screens can fog or ice up very easily in the cold.
- Insulated thermos of hot coffee/tea is recommended. A warm beverage goes a long way to help you stay warm, especially in the cold dawn.
- Headlamp – charged or with fresh batteries. Please test this before you go out for the morning!
- Gloves with a liner option for at least one hand is helpful. Bulky gloves can be difficult to operate a camera with. Thin liners under a mitten work well for cold weather photography.
- Disposable hand warmers will be provided. These are almost always needed in the winter.
- Sunscreen. The sun can be intense at 8000 feet in elevation, even when cold!
- Fun Attitude! Winter and cold weather photography can be challenging but having proper gear and attitude can make this an amazing time to shoot. Spectacular conditions occur in Bryce Canyon as it gets colder and snowy which makes for amazing images!
- Please contact us with any questions about gear recommendations for winter photography. We want you to be comfortable while shooting and it’s possible to do with some preparation.
- All tours are fully prepaid at the time of booking.
- Cancellations 30 days or more from the tour date will receive a full refund.
- 29 days – 2 days prior: 75% will be refunded or you may reschedule based upon availability.
- Within 2 days: No refund offered, you may reschedule based upon availability.
- Please note “days” are full calendar days.