Hurricane, UT

Markagunt Plateau

Markagunt Plateau Photography Workshop – Utah Fall Colors adventure

September 29 – Oct 2, 2021

The Markagunt Plateau of Southern Utah, or Cedar Mountain, is a place you likely haven’t heard of yet. It sits between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park at a high elevation from 8000ft – 11,300ft above sea level.  The Markagunt Plateau is home to a wide range of landscapes and late September brings wild displays of Autumn colors as the aspens change colors.  Here the aspens are mixed with pine forests, streams and lava fields which can allow for unique images.  This wild landscape is relatively unexplored photographically and we’ll likely not see a single photographer. This landscape of unique geology, vivid colors and hidden surprises is the perfect place to enhance your photography skills while capturing unique images.

Days are cool and nights are chilly on the high elevation plateau, especially in September, and are a welcome respite of the heat of Southern Utah. This workshop will feature many short walks around forested areas, lava fields, streams and dirt trails. Many locations are not developed and have no trails so this will feel very exploratory and well away from crowds and popular places. In fact, you probably haven’t seen images of the locations we’ll be visiting.

With this workshop being in a location relatively unknown, you’ll have the opportunity to create new images of places without the influence of any images you’ve seen before. Over the course of 4 days, we’ll explore various features throughout this landscape and please note this workshop is NOT exclusively Autumn colors focused. Late September is the optimal time to photograph this landscape as the colors change and add additional beauty to the locations. There will be plenty of opportunities for fall colors with aspens as well as landscapes and scenes enhanced by these colors.

Markagunt Plateau Photography Workshop

What you’ll learn

  • Scouting and exploring a new landscape for light and conditions. This can’t be taught in an ebook or on YouTube.
  • Finding and discovering images rather than shooting known locations. You can then apply these learned skills to any landscape.
  • Composition while in the field. Creating a composition in the field with elements around you is different than recognizing composition in a flat image.
  • Using angled light to create depth.
  • Tonal balance of light in dawn, dusk and morning/evening.
  • The power and art of observation. We’ll spend some time exploring WITHOUT a camera! You’ll be surprised by this technique!
  • Finally, you’ll gain confidence in exploring a new landscape by gaining and practicing skills to approach them on your future endeavors.
  • And of course discover beautiful scenes and create unique images.

Markagunt Plateau Photo Workshop – Utah Fall Colors Adventure

$1600 per Person

Skill leveL

Beginner – Expert



group size

4 People Max

Full moon rising on the markagunt Plateau with aspens.

Markagunt Plateau: 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.
  • Tripod
  • Extra Batteries/charger. USB ports available in vehicle for charging.
  • Circular Polarizer*
  • Graduated Neutral Density filters*
  • Extra memory cards
  • Hiking shoes/boots. We don’t recommend sandals or flip flops due to the rugged terrain.
  • Sunscreen/water/snacks
  • Extra layers. It can be cold at sunrise and sunset, even in the summer!
  • * optional items

Logistics: Food & Lodging

  • Workshop based in Cedar City, UT. We recommend staying in Cedar City and can make custom arrangements with you if you’re staying nearby.
  • Transportation is included throughout the workshop from Cedar City to all locations throughout the day.
  • Lodging is not included with this workshop. There are many lodging options in Cedar City and we’ll pick you up in the morning.
  • All meals are included throughout the workshop. We’ll be eating lunch in Duck Creek Village or nearby. Dinners will be in Cedar City upon returning to town. Breakfast will be after sunrise at Duck Creek Village or possibly a light breakfast in the field.
  • 3 1/2 days. Ends Wednesday at 10:00 to check out of hotel by 11. Breakfast will not be on the itinerary this day as we’ll be in Cedar City at 10:00AM.
  • Please plan on staying in Cedar City Saturday 9/25 – Wednesday 9/29 (4 Nights).
Lava fields on the Markagunt Plateau.

Sample itinerary

  • The itinerary will be flexible based upon conditions and light on each given day. Some locations require dry conditions due to mud and other locations are fine no matter the conditions.
  • Leave hotel approximately 90 minutes before sunrise. Drive 45 minutes to our first location.
  • Sunrise is early at 10,000 ft on the plateau with the morning glow starting well before sunrise.
  • Shoot Sunrise and morning light
  • Break for late breakfast at Duck Creek Village.
  • Shoot remaining morning light
  • Lunch break 12-2PM Explore afternoon and sunset location
  • Return to cedar city Hotel (45 Minutes)
  • Dinner as group in Cedar City.
  • Locations may include a wild overlook with hoodoos and layers for as far as you can see, aspen forests with streams, ponds with reflections, lava fields with colorful aspens, massive vistas from 11,000 feet and maybe a top secret location:)
  • Final day (9/29) ends at 10:00 AM before hotel check out time.

Markagunt Plateau Photography Workshop pricing

  • $1600 per Photographer
  • Limited to 4 people total
  • Deposit of 50% due at booking
  • Remaining 50% will be charged 90 days prior to workshop start date
  • Deposit includes $200 which is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation. See below.

Markagunt Plateau Photography Workshop – Fall Colors Adventure

Get off the beaten path, escape the crowds, discover a new landscape of Southern Utah.


  • 90 days or more from the workshop date will receive a full refund minus a $200 non-refundable deposit
  • 30-81 days from the workshop date will be receive a 75% refund.
  • Within 29 days of the workshop date are non-refundable. You may apply paid monies towards a different workshop or tour, based upon availability. Custom and Private Workshops are available so we’ll work with you in the event you need to cancel within the 90 days of a workshop date.
  • Please note “days” are full calendar days.

Please contact us to sign up for this Utah Photography Workshop

Markagunt Plateau Gallery