Cockscomb, Candyland, Yellow Rock, Castle Rock, Brigham Plains

Whether you are an amateur or more advanced photographer or just looking for a backcountry adventure, this unique Southern Utah Tour will round out your vacation on the “road less traveled”.


Willis Creek Slot Canyon Photography, Southern Utah Tour, backcountry adventureThe Photographer’s Dream Tour highlights the best the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has to offer in one jam-packed, daytime 4×4 adventure. This backcountry tour begins with a drive up beautiful Johnson Canyon through towering white sandstone cliffs, formed from the massive sand dunes of the Jurassic Period. Here we will see a roadside Rock Art Panel, historic inscriptions, and the Gunsmoke movie set, used for decades by the famous TV show. Then we head over Skutumpah Road to Bull Valley Gorge, take a captivating hike through Willis Creek Slot Canyon, and have a nice customized lunch amongst the hoodoos of Kodachrome Basin State Park.

From there we head down Cottonwood Road, one of the most photogenic trails in Southern Utah. Here we catch the fantastic tilted rocks of Candyland in the perfect afternoon light. We view the majestic sights of Castle Rock and Yellow Rock from atop the breathtaking Brigham Plains Overlook and see where wagons once crossed the majestic Cockscomb. Next a short stop at the fossilized oyster beds of an ancient estuary will transport you in time 100 million years. The finale of the tour is a stop at the Paria Townsite where “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and many other movies were filmed. The multicolor bands of the Chinle formation offer an unparalleled photo opportunity leading up to sunset.

Grosvenor Arch, Grand Staircase Tour, Photographer's Dream Tour, Cottonwood Road

Grand Staircase Photo Gallery

9 hrs.  Adults $210, Children 15 or under $105

Hiking Difficulty 1-10: 4

This Southern Utah Tour is Recommended for all ages and abilities. Some uneven terrain is experienced on hiking portions which can also be omitted if necessary.  Waterproof Boots, Sandals, Water shoes, or a change of shoes are recommended for the hike at Willis Creek Slot Canyon.

****Please do not book online if you are a single unless you have consulted us first. We have a two adult passenger minimum. It works much better if you call us or send us an email to discuss your options and what tours are running during your date window. Please see our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PAGE #4 for more information.****

Check out our recent At Your Leisure video segment about the Photographer’s Dream Tour.