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James Kay


3-DAY VERSION - Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument & Hole-in-the-Rock Road, Utah   April 23-27, 2019



" We want to thank you guys for ANOTHER incredible workshop; this time along Hole-in-the-Rock Road. We've traveled to many places around the world but the locations you took us to were just unbelievable. This workshop should be on every photographer's bucket list!"    Wayne & Heidi Inkpen - Edmonton, Alberta  See all testimonials


This is our shorter, 3-Day, less-physically-demanding version of our popular 5-Day Hole-in-the-Rock workshop where we'll explore and photograph some of the same spectacular landscapes and formations. If you're somewhat intimidated by the longer hikes on the 5-Day version, this is the workshop for you. When most people think of the visual wonders of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, this is the region they're dreaming about. The Escalante River and its tributaries have carved a 2,000 square-mile network of deep, narrow, well-watered canyons into the thick layers of sandstone which blanket this region in south-central Utah. Join us to discover hidden canyons with waterfalls; arches; luminous slots; cottonwood-lined streams; and soaring natural bridgesThe gems of the Escalante do not give up their secrets easily. It requires legwork to access and photograph the most beautiful locations in the remote corners of its watershed. From sunrise to sunset, we'll maximize our time in the field for 3 full days. With more than 25 years of experience  photographing this remarkable region, few know these canyons as well as Jim. 

$2,375.00 - Single Occupancy
$2,175.00 - Double Occupancy
Includes 4 nights accommodations in Escalante's extraordinary Entrada Lodge plus 3 full days of photography instruction in the field.


Dates: April 23-27, 2019
Based in: Escalante, Utah
Maximum Number of Participants: 8
Accommodations: Included in the price of this workshop - We'll use the very comfortable Entrada Lodge as our base. This new accommodation is truly a diamond in the rough and offers a high level of sophistication & comfort, unlike anything Escalante has seen before. It was designed and built by our friend Mark Austin; the designer/builder of the renowned Boulder Mountain Lodge located in the nearby village of Boulder, Utah. We provide single-occupancy accommodations for our guests but offer a double-occupancy discount to couples or other guests who have found another person willing to share a room with them. As with all our workshops, we've reserved the most desirable rooms in the lodge.
Meals: We'll have our meals both in town and in the field during our excursions. We will handle all meal reservations and we'll dine together as a group. All meals in the field included in the price; restaurant meals will be the responsibility of each participant.
Ground Transportation: You are responsible for your travel arrangements to the town of Escalante, Utah. Once on location, we will share vehicles and carpool to our various locations. High-clearance 4WD or AWD vehicles are highly recommended.  
Photography Skill Level: Novice to advanced - Jim will work closely with each participant based on his/her individual skill level.
Physical Difficulty: MODERATE   Each day will involve moderate hikes with round-trip distances of 3-5 miles with elevation gains of 300-500 feet. For additional details on each day's hike, see the itinerary below.



As a field workshop, we'll maximize our time out in the canyons for 3 full days capturing images in a wide diversity of locations throughout the region. We will likely need to adjust this itinerary to accommodate weather and field conditions. 
Tuesday April 23, 2019
5:30pm - Meet at the Entrada Lodge in Escalante for our opening-night reception.
6:45pm - Dinner

Wednesday April 24, 2019
5:30am - We’ll rise early and depart our lodge to capture sunrise from the rim of a deep canyon. This will involve an easy, short hike from our vehicles with minor elevation change.
7:30 – Breakfast
8:45 – Depart for our day of photography in two of the most beautiful slot canyons in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Accessing these locations will involve a moderate 4-mile round-trip hike with approximately 300 feet of elevation gain and some easy scrambling through short sections of narrows.
3:30 - Arrive back in Escalante.
4:30 - Early dinner
6:00 - Depart Escalante to capture last light on a beautiful assortment of wind and water-sculpted sandstone formations. This will involve a short walk from our vehicles with little elevation change.
9:00 - Arrive back at our lodge.
Thursday April 25, 2019
5:30am - Depart our lodge for our sunrise photo session. This will involve an easy, short hike from our vehicles with minor elevation change.
7:30am – Breakfast
8:30 - Depart for our morning photo session in a deep, narrow canyon in the heart of Grand Staircase. This will involve an easy stroll from our vehicles.
11:30 - Lunch at a remote cafe in the heart of the monument.
1:00 – After lunch, we'll begin our hike to one of the most impressive waterfalls on the Colorado Plateau. Plunging 150 feet into a deep pool from the lip of a narrow canyon, this beautiful waterfall nourishes a kaleidoscope-colored garden of mosses, plants, and ferns. We'll spend several hours photographing the area around the waterfall before beginning the hike back to our vehicles. Accessing this location will involve hiking along a well-maintained trail with a total round-trip distance of 5.5 miles and an elevation change of 500 feet.
6:30 - Arrive back at our lodge.
7:30 - Dinner

Friday April 26, 2019
7:00am - Breakfast
8:00 - We'll have two options today. The first would involve an easy hike of 5 round-trip miles, with minor elevation change, into a remote region of swirling sandstone formations and slot canyons; the second would involve a moderate hike of 5 round-trip miles into a deep, spectacular canyon with a 500-foot elevation change. Both locations offer amazing, photographic opportunities.
10:00 – Arrive back at our lodge.
Saturday April 27, 2019
7:30am - Breakfast. End of workshop.



"Now that we're back home we would like to thank you guys for ANOTHER incredible workshop. We've traveled to many places around the world but the locations you took us to were just unbelievable. This workshop should be on every photographer's bucket list!" Wayne & Heidi Inkpen - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
"Hole-in-the-Rock was my second workshop with you and it will not be my last! You set a very high standard on the first workshop I took with you and my expectations on this one were exceeded. As usual, the trip was well organized and the photographic opportunities from sunrise to sunset were exceptional. Your web page promises a lot and you and Susie deliver on your word. You both work very hard to ensure that the entire workshop, beginning with the introduction dinner on the first night and ending with the after-dark dinner on the last night is the best possible experience. I can't imagine a better workshop and look forward to joining you and Susie on another."  Ted Truex - Valencia, CA
"Thank you so much for a truly outstanding adventure. I had a blast. The Escalante is one of my favorite places, and I loved exploring, photographing, and learning about it with you. Thank you so much for all the instruction and support -- I definitely could not have made my way out of those canyons otherwise! I will highly recommend you to anyone who is looking for a top-notch workshop. Thank you for some great photography and memories."   Deanna Peters - Sykesville, MD
"I want to thank you both again for a fantastic week in Escalante. I had an amazing time, learned a ton, got 500+ amazing pictures, and had a blast. It was a life-changing week; I feel re-invigorated with my photography and have taken it to the next level with your help. I promise you will see me again on a future workshop. I just don't know if it will be possible to top this one though!"  Jason Van Ark - Plain City, Utah
"Thank you for a terrific week!! Susie, I wouldn't have made it into Zebra without your coaching and assists over those narrow and high places!!! Jim, as always, thanks for your expert compositional support in the field. You both make these workshops a delight of fun, friendship, learning, and challenge!!"   Lynda Holman - Marietta, GA
"This was one of the most memorable trips I've experienced and I look forward to joining you again in the future. Thanks for sharing your impressive knowledge of both landscape photography and the landscape itself. Your down-to-earth humor and warmth, together with the collegiality of our entire group, made for a very special week."  Alan Aviles - New York, NY

"Thank you both for running such a fantastic workshop and bringing us to such fabulous places. This trip was one of the best photography experiences I've ever had, bar none."   Josh Trudell - San Antonio, TX


"I had a great time last week! What a wonderful bunch of people to spend the week with. Once again, you did a superb job of coordinating an amazing experience for all of us. I've only just started editing, but I definitely got some great images. Thanks again!Judy Wright - Colorado Springs, CO

"Thank you once again for a memorable and enjoyable week! Your hospitality and professionalism were truly exceptional and I can definitely say that the entire workshop experience was first class. I look forward to joining you on future workshops!"  Andrew Steptowe - Houston, TX
"I had a great time last week. As always, you and Susie exceeded all expectations. Common thoughts throughout the week were "I can't believe we're doing this" and "this is incredibly beautiful". I really enjoy shooting with you and appreciate your help in the field. I've taken workshops with other photographers but you and Susie are simply the best and it's not even close!  John Morrison - San Diego, CA
"I first visited Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 2007 and always wanted to go back. After a little research, I decided to sign up for Jim's Hole-in-the-Rock workshop. This turned out to be a great decision. In addition to being an outstanding photographer with a long list of published work to his credit, Jim is an expert outdoorsman, geology and meteorology buff, and one of the world's nicest guys. His talented and beautiful wife Susie shares his love of nature and does an amazing job of making all the photographers on the workshop feel like part of their extended family."   Dr. Mark Laussade - Las Vegas, NV
"I had a fabulous time on your Hole-in-the-Rock workshop. I loved the format and you were both amazingly gracious hosts. I will indeed be back. Love your work!"  Michael Blanchette - Bedford, NH



Jim is a regular contributor to Outdoor Photographer Magazine and has served as one of their professional advisors for more than 25 years. His work has been featured in the Nikon Legends Collection and his photographs have been published in a wide variety of magazines including Nikon World; Los Angeles Times; Arizona Highways; Sunset; National Geographic Adventure; and Time. A short list of his commercial clients would include The New Zealand Tourism Board; VF Corp; American Express; Sundance Institute; Nikon USA; Visa; and The Nature Conservancy. His landscape photographs have been displayed in the Utah Museum of Art & History; the Natural History Museum of Utah; and in the US Capitol Rotunda in an exhibit advocating wilderness protection for Utah's Colorado Plateau region. His recent book, Resurrection Glen Canyon, published by Mountaineers Books, showcases his ongoing project to document the legendary canyons of Glen Canyon as they have emerged from the waters of Lake Powell due to the ongoing drought in the American Southwest. See his full biography.



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Photographer James Kay hosts photography workshops in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument based in the town of Escalante in southern Utah during the month of May. Join us for this photography workshop where we will use Hole in the Rock Road to photograph Calf Creek Falls, Metate Arch, Devils Garden, slot canyons and other narrow canyons in the Escalante Canyons region of Utah. This photography Workshop in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah is open to photographers of all skill levels.