11th ANPAT - Zion and Bryce

Discuss this workshop

Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in Utah await us with their amazing rock formations, stone gardens and awe-inspiring canyons.

In the opinion of the best landscape photographers of our time, the greatest landscape photography in the world is the American Southwest.

Full of unique and diverse land forms, they are perfect grounds to hone our skills to capture their powerful majesty.

Join Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) and Mike hagen, Nikonians Academy Director, in this 11th edition of the Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT). The ANPAT is the Nikonians field event of year.

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Saturday October 1st, arrival

Satuday October 8th, departure


Las Vegas McCarran International airport (LAS)


Single ocuppancy: $2,800 USD per person

Double ocuppancy: $2,325 USD per person


All Gold and Platinum Nikonians members

If you are not a Nikonians member yet, the system will guide you through enrollment at checkout when paying your cost contribution. If you are a Basic or Silver member simply upgrade here before booking your seat


For your comfort, we will be driving in 15-seat passenger vans, occupied by a maximum of 8 Nikonians each. We will all stay the first five days in Zion and the surrounding areas, moving out for the last two days at Bryce.

Zion National Park has a unique and wide variety of target rich areas.

Our plan is to tour the following spots:

- Zion Canyon and the Virgin River

- Court of the Patriarchs

- Checkerboard Mesa and surrounding washes

- Towers of the Virgin

- Emerald Pools

- West Temple

- The Watchman

- Riverside Walk

- Much more

Then, we will head out of Bryce Canyon to spend there our last two days.

Major areas we will visit are:

- Bryce amphitheater

- Thor's Hammer

- Natural bridge

- Navajo Loop Trail (1.5 mile trail through the hoodoo formations)

- Lots more

Not only sunrises and sunsets, but daylight photography will present us with myriad of stunning challenges and opportunities. The American SW is a region with no major cities around, so it offers a very dark and pollution-free sky to further challenge us with night astro photography.

Friday October 7th, will culminate with our group dinner and photo presentation, showcasing the best of everyone's photographs during the week.

  • You will learn

    • About the spirit of Nikonians
    • The fun of Group Shooting
    • Van group shooting etiquette
    • Tips and tricks from fellow Nikonians
    • How to make better pictures!
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Enthusiasm
    • Bring two bags only. One bag for camera gear and the other for clothing. Plan to wear layered clothing since early mornings and nights are cold. Daytime will generally be mild though. No extreme weather is expected but it could get windy.
    • A good pair of non-slip hiking shoes or hiking boots.
    • Tripod
    • At least one camera with a lens for landscapes (12mm - 24mm) and another moderate telephoto lens (70-200, 300mm or 400mm)
    • Cable shutter release
    • Filters (polarizer, graduated ND)
  • Optional

    • A backup camera body
    • A macro lens
    • A speedlight
    • A flashlight or headlight (for dawn/dusk photo shoots)
  • What is provided

    • This an all-included field trip:
    • Accommodations for 7 nights
    • Meals and water from the arrival dinner to the farewell dinner
    • Transportation from the airport to the Zion National Park
    • Transportation for 7 days within the Zion and Bryce National Parks
    • Transportation from the Bryce Park lodging back to the Airport
    • National Park fees included
    • Cancellation: An advance notice of at least 45 days before the event is required to consider a possible refund. The re-booking fee is $350
  • Venue Information

      Please check your venue by specific city area location.


If you are an ANPAT Veteran, you well know why you should not miss it. If you are new to our Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trips you must come to learn why Nikonians is not just "a site" but a full rewarding community experience. Don't miss it!


11th ANPAT - Zion and Bryce workshops are provided in the following locations:

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
11th ANPAT - DOUBLE 01-OCT-2011 Mike Hagen $2325 $2355 Sold out
11th ANPAT - SINGLE 01-OCT-2011 Mike Hagen $2800 $2830 Sold out

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.