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Navajo Guided Adventure ~ Night Photography Tour Through The Restricted Regions of Monument Valley ~ May and June 2023

We Have Teamed Up With Monument Valley Safari To Host A Custom 3 Night Photography Tour Through Monument Valley Tribal Park

Join us on this amazing Navajo guided adventure to photograph the night sky including the Milky Way over the restricted regions of Monument Valley and discover for yourself the untouched splendor of Navajo land. 

Recommended for amateur and professional photographers, this Monument Valley journey under the stars offers a variety of ways to improve your photography skills with the guidance of a professional photo instructor to help you get the highest quality images.

Monument Valley is one of the most majestic and impressive places on earth. This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces towering at heights up to 1000 ft. off the desert floor.

The pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas, buttes, arches and windblown sand. The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. 

We will take you to some of the most memorable and breathtaking places in Monument Valley - to capture beautiful sunsets, the Majestic Milky Way and amazing sunrises.

On this 3 night amazing photography journey, we will be teaming up with our favorite local Navajo experts and outfitter from Monument Valley Safari ~ who will fill you in on all the secrets of the area and answer any questions you might have about Monument Valley and Navajo traditions.

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Our First Night's Journey:

Exclusive Journey Through The Monument Valley Floor 


Capturing the sunset and the Milky Way at Monument Valley's Most Iconic Landmarks. 

On tonight's journey we will travel to restricted parts of the valley, from sandstone buttes to famous monuments that could include:  

  • East & West Mitten Buttes
  • The Three Sisters
  • Totem Pole & YeiBiChei spires
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Our Second Night's Journey: 

Photograph Monument Valley’s Secluded Arches

On this night we will be photographing the lesser-known section of Monument Valley, home to sandstone arches and ancient ruins.

Featuring majestic geological formations, Monument Valley offers breathtaking views and some of the darkest skies you have ever been in.

The Monument Valley backcountry is only accessible with a Navajo guide who is eager to share an insider perspective of this iconic area and teach you about Navajo culture and tradition.

We also visit and photograph many breathtaking arches,

  • Big Hogan Arch
  • Ear of the Wind Arch
  • Sun’s Eye Arch

and more all under the brilliant night sky. 


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Our Third Night's Journey: 

Camp Under The Stars in Hunts Mesa and Capture Amazing Photos

With incredible views and breathtaking scenery, the journey to the secluded Hunts Mesa is a MUST for adventurous photographers looking for a rewarding experience.

We will immerse ourselves in the beauty of Hunts Mesa Monument Valley, with this overnight photographic camping tour.

Hunts Mesa is often referred to as the jewel of the Monument Valley, but accessing this remote destination makes for a rough but exciting off-road 4×4 experience over sand dunes and rocks.

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Once we arrive, the majesty of Hunts Mesa overwhelms you, and photo opportunities abound. Views overlook the entire Monument Valley, and there are plenty of amazing spots to set up your camera.

  • We will begin this safari five hours before sundown. The two-hour drive takes you to the scenic Hunts Mesa overlook.
  • At 6,795 feet above sea level, the photo camp overlooks the whole of Monument Valley!
  • We will arrive approximately three hours before the sun begins to set. During that time, our Navajo guide will familiarize us with the area including some of the best places to capture sunset photos. Time to get our cameras ready!
  • Visitors to Hunts Mesa take great pleasure in marveling at its unspoiled beauty; rich, colorful, dramatic and sheer cliffs, and magnificent panoramas.
  • On this photo journey, we will take advantage of the mesa’s many opportunities, you must be willing to “rough it.”
  • While we capture the amazing sunset, our Navajo guide will set up camp and make a cedar-wood fire.
  • After having an amazing Navajo dinner - we will set out for our night shooting under the stars, capturing the Majestic Milky Way over the entire Monument Valley Vista.
  • Our Navajo Guide provides everything for your comfort, including clean sleeping bags, a large spring bar tent, reclining camping chairs, and 2 meals.
  • Dinner and Breakfast - Navajo style dinner and a continental breakfast the next morning.
  • In the morning, we will have plenty of time to explore the area and take once-in-a-lifetime sunrise photos.
  • On our descent from the mesa, we will visit some of the area’s natural arches and Anasazi ruins tucked away in labyrinthine narrow canyons and alcoves. 
  • We will say our goodbyes and wrap up our tour around 12 noon.
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Recommended Camera Equipment To Get The Best Results ~ What To Bring:

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera with non-extended, "native" ISO to at least 12,800 and shutter speeds to at least 30 secs
  • Wide angle lens with a aperture of f/2.8 or larger and a full frame equivalent of 14 - 24 mm
  • A sturdy tripod (long exposures require it to be very stable)
  • Shutter release cord or intervalometer 
  • Extra batteries
  • Headlamp with a red filter
  • Small flashlight

It's a good idea to practice with your camera in the dark before the tour. 

If you have ANY questions about gear or camera equipment, please feel free to contact me (Craig).  Contact 

    Recommended Items ~ What To Bring:

    • Warm layer clothing (as the night gets later it does get much colder)
    • Gloves and hat
    • Hiking Boots
    • Sunscreen
    • Personal toiletries for the camping night
    • Small camping pillow
    • Personal water bottle
    • Snacks and beverages (water) 
    • Folding camping portable chair. We do a lot of standing.

    More Tour Details: 

    Participants: Limit 10

    Experience Level:  Recommended for amateur and professional photographers, who want to hone their photography skills with the guidance of a pro-photographer. 

    Endurance Level:  Moderate -  Light hiking is involved, but nothing too strenuous. Our guide will drive us to each location then hike to the best position. 

    Transportation: We will meet up with our guides and outfitter from Monument Valley Safari who will provide transportation within the park every night.

    Tour Time Information : 

    Day 1: Meet and Greet at 1 PM in the lobby at The View Hotel.

    Please plan on arriving for our mandatory Meet and Greet in the lobby at The View Hotel, Indian Rte 42, Olijato-Monument Valley, AZ at 1 PM on the first day of your tour.

    Night 1:  We will shoot the night sky and the Milky Way for 4 - 5 hours based on when it rises and sets depending on the time of the year.
    We will also spend approximately 2 hours photographing either the sunrise (OR) sunset depending on the time of year.  Total Tour Time: 7 hours 

    Night 2:  We will shoot the Milky Way for 4 - 5 hours based on when it rises and sets depending on the time of the year.
    We will also spend approximately 2 hours photographing either the sunrise (OR) sunset depending on the time of year.  Total Tour Time: 7 hours 

    Hunts Mesa Overnight Camping on Night 3:  Our tour will begin 5 hours before sundown and finish the next day by noon. We will have opportunity for a sunset session, several hours of Milky Way photography as well as a sunrise session in the morning before returning to The View.

    NOTE: We will send out an email with the exact start and end times for each night as we get closer to the tour dates.  Stay Tuned! 

    Meet Up Location:

    We will depart each day from the parking lot of The View Hotel - Indian Rte 42, Olijato-Monument Valley, AZ

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    Milky Way Night Astrophotography Photography Tour Dates:

    Tours Are All Scheduled Around New Moon When Skies Are At The Darkest: 


    Tour 1 Dates:  May 15, 2023 to May 17, 2023 - SOLD OUT

    Departure Date: Noon on May 18, 2023


    Tour 2 Dates:  June 19, 2023 to June 21, 2023 - SOLD OUT

    Departure Date: Noon on June 22, 2023


    More tour dates coming for 2024.



    Price For Astrophotography Photography Tour : 

    $1,995.00 Per Person  

    The cost of this night photography tour DOES includes:

    • 3 Nights of Milky Way / Night photography guiding and assistance by Craig Wennersten. (See Below)
    • 3 Night journey through Monument Valley with 3 Navajo guides.
    • All tours include a sunset (or) sunrise session along with night photography.
    • One night under the stars camping photo journey in Hunts Mesa with our Navajo Outfitter - Monument Valley Safari.
    • 2 Navajo Meals on Hunt's Mesa (dinner and breakfast).
    • Transportation within the park.
    • All permits and park entrance fees.
    • Local tour guide fees and gratuities. 

    This tour DOES NOT included: Transportation to/from Bluff, Utah, flights or car rental, lodging.


    *PLEASE NOTE:  This is NOT a Photography Workshop - this is considered a Photo Tour. 

    A Photography Workshop is designed to teach you new photography and camera gear techniques in and out of the field plus teach you new techniques in the post-production process. 

    A Photo Tour is designed to maximize the photographic opportunities with minimal or casual instruction along the way.


    Hope To See You There!  Keep Looking Up! 

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any help with your gear or equipment. I am happy to help!