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Photographer’s Dream Tour

Fully Guided Tour

Photography Paradise!

Interesting Geology!

Single Travelers

Please do not book online if you are a single traveler 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 find out which tours are running during your date window.

We go out of our way to open the wonders of the West to EVERYONE.

We are permitted, licensed, and insured.

Dreamland Safari Tours holds Special Use Permits from the Grand Staircase Escalante National MonumentGrand Canyon National Park, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument/Paria WildernessKanab Bureau of Land Management and Arizona Strip Bureau of Land Management.

All Day Tours are 2 adult minimum. A single passenger must pay for two seats if there is not a scheduled tour. All daytours 50% off for children 15 and under. Some Day Tours are not appropriate for small children.

Tour departure times are chosen at reservation. All daytours are booked on demand with departure options to fit your schedule. Tours do not run on each departure time or everyday. For Sunset or Sunrise at our more remote locations please consider a scheduled or custom built overnight or multi-day tour. We do not provide Sunrise or Sunset Daytours except the Sunset Safari.

All listed tour durations and pickup times are approximate. Please allow 10-20 minutes of pickup time flexibility for unforeseen circumstances and varying pickup logistics. Water and snacks are provided on all tours. A lunch meal is included on all tours of 6+ hours. Vegetarian option available.

We reserve the right to fill all empty seats. Cancellation / Reschedule / Weather policy applies.

Please familiarize yourself with our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS before contacting us.

To contact us with other specific questions or begin Making Reservations click the “Book Now” Button on each tour page or click Contact Us for info on how to give us a call or shoot us an email.

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The Photographer’s Dream Tour highlights the best the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has to offer in one jam-packed, daytime 4×4 adventure.

Price

$210.00 for adults
$105.00 for Children (15 & under)

Tour Length

9 Hours

Departure Times

8am, 9am, 10am

Difficulty (1-10)

4

Recommended abilities

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.
No special permit is required for this tour.

Location

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Attractions

Brigham Plains Overlook, Bull Valley Gorge, Castle Rock, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Johnson Canyon, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Rock Art, Willis Creek Slot Canyon, Yellow Rock

Special Interests

Geology, Rock Art, Photography, Wildlife, Flowers
What is included on your tours?

Daytours include pickup and dropoff from local hotels, off-road transportation, natural history narration, guided hiking, photo advice, snacks, water, and lunch on tours of 6 hours or more. Our multi-day tours include all of this plus camping equipment, camp management, three excellent meals, stargazing, sunsets and sunrises for the photographer, and lots more time outside.

How soon should we book?

This depends on several factors, but our best advice is to book as soon as you finalize your plans. We do fill up, and if you have a limited window of opportunity, you may miss out. The smaller your availability window and the tighter your schedule, the earlier you need to book in order to ensure availability. The larger your group, especially if it involves more than one of our trucks (>7 passengers), the earlier you need to book.

Can it just be my group on the tour?

We reserve the right to fill the truck. There is always a possibility it will just be your group, but it is not guaranteed. Requests to make a partially filled tour private are considered on a case by case basis and are based on buying a flexible number of additional seats. Additional fees will apply. Customers booking standard fares and tours should never expect that the tour will be private. We can and will fill the seats to capacity if possible. The max is 5-8 depending on the truck and destination.

What is your weather policy? What is your cancellation/reschedule policy?

These policies are all found on our Policies Page. PLEASE NOTE: Because of the constantly changing weather, targets moving over the whole region (our trucks), unpredictability of weather forecasts, the complexities of different road surfaces in different areas, the variable nature of storms as far as coverage and volume in this area, and the fact that some of the best photography weather is often on days with a chance of rain, we do not reflexively cancel tours without solid information. However, as your safety is always paramount in situations where incontrovertible evidence leads us to believe that potentially dangerous situations are probable, we will cancel tours if necessary. We will assume tours will run until departure time. We do not cancel tours until departure time as the most relevant information is at hand. Also if we know of a particular area or time that will be a problem we will often consult with all parties on the tour as to how best to go about re-routing, postponement, or cancellation. Trying to manage this on the phone hours before the tour is nearly impossible. If a party decides to cancel prior to departure time for reasons of weather forecasts, the cancellation will be subject to the standard policy. Cancellations made by us at departure will be accompanied by a full refund if no other solution can be reached. Also the information we have at any given time is often incomplete. For example, we do not know if the Wave is covered in snow or if the route is hikeable, whether roads are impassable in a given location etc….as we do not have a webcam at these remote locations. We do try to network to get better information if we can. Sometimes incontrovertible evidence is only found once the tour has begun. Guessing, followed by reflexive cancellations, we have learned, produces more poor results for everyone involved, than the strategy we take. It is very, very complex making these decisions. We are always monitoring the weather and have many years of experience managing the logistics that are affected by weather in this area. Please trust us to act in both our best interests.

What kind of vehicles do we tour in? Do you offer ATV/Jeep Tours?

All of our tours are run in Chevrolet Suburbans or Crew Cab Silverados for comfort and safety. We do not offer ATV or Jeep Tours.

What do I need to bring on a daytour/overnight?

The biggest things you need to remember on a daytour are a small pack to carry your own water (essential especially on tours with more hiking), jacket for warmth and rain (essential), boots or high top sneakers (optional but optimal in sand), any essential medication, and camera. Other items include extra layers when cold, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick, and other typical daytime sundries. For scheduled overnights bring all the same except an extra layer or two. You do not need a change of clothes. For overnights in April or October bring a warm hat and gloves. For custom multi-day trips just add a change of clothes or two. On all tours we provide water and snacks. On daytours of more than 6 hours and multi-days more than 24 hours we provide lunch. On scheduled overnights of 24 hours we do not provide lunch so please eat before you come.

What is the weather like there at various times of year?

You can find average monthly temperatures and precipitation for Kanab HERE and also read our BLOG POST on the topic.

Do you offer sunrise or sunset tours?

Due to the remoteness of many of our tours, there is no practical way for us to offer tours with sunrise photo shoots. If you are interested in a sunrise shoot, we suggest one of our overnight tours, specially designed for photographers. Sunsets can be experienced on our Sunset Safari Tour or can sometimes be accommodated on a case by case basis by request usually during Winter or at locations near Kanab. Remote sunsets in Summer require tours not returning until midnight and remote Sunrises require departures of 3:30am, both of which are impractical.

Is tipping the guide customary?

In the United States tipping is not required, but it is the socially accepted norm. When a service has been provided to you, tipping of the immediate providing individual is customary. Tipping of tour guides is typically around 10% of the tour cost. Tips are never expected, but always greatly appreciated by our guides.

Where do you pick up/meet? Do you pickup in Page, AZ?

We pick up anywhere in Kanab for all tours. WE DO NOT PICK UP IN PAGE. Other meetups or pickup locations are possible depending on tour logistics and are determined on a case by case basis. Pickups, meetup locations, and exceptions are purely at our discretion. If you are staying in Page, and wish to avoid backtracking, and are doing a Wave, White Pocket, or South Coyote Buttes, or a variant of these tours, we often arrange to meet people at the intersection of House Rock Valley Rd and Hwy 89. For those staying in Kanab but travelling on to Page or other AZ destinations that evening, guests sometimes follow in their own cars from Kanab and park them at an appropriate place to avoid backtracking. Many people travelling through or who have just arrived opt to meet us at our location: 4350 E Mountain View Drive Kanab, UT 84741. Parking and Storage are available here.

Guest Experiences on the Photographer’s Dream Tour

We went on two tours. First with Orion on the photographers dream tour and then with Ron on the White Pocket tour. Both were great. We went on roads we could not have driven in the rental car. We saw sites that would have been impossible without the tours. Both guides were very knowledgeable and very friendly and accommodating. Lunch was great, too.

KathySanFrancisco – June 10, 2018
TripAdvisor

In April, my wife and I went on a full day tour with Ron Camp to Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes and White Pocket. Ron was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable in Geology and the history of the area and also had a great sense of humor which made for a very enjoyable trip. Ron’s driving skill on roads of deep sand, was to be admired. This particular tour I would highly recommend for anyone who is interested in the geological beauty of the Coyote Buttes area. Although we were not able to secure a permit for “the Wave”, we found this area to be an area of extraordinary beauty and a photographers dream location. On this tour, we were accompanied by 3 other tourists and this was also interesting to hear of their adventures around the globe. I would highly recommend Ron Camp and the Dreamland Safari Tours.

maloney1969 – May 26, 2017
TripAdvisor

Today is a day to remember. My two adult sons wanted to treat me to a trip of my choice for my 70th birthday.I chose the Photographer’s Dream tour. It certainly lived up to it’s name. Nine hours riding around the Escalante Grand Staircase National Park. It was great to have someone drive us to some of the most beautiful places we have ever seen. Steve was our driver and he was excellent. He is not from the area but he has studied it and knows a lot about it. He told us the geology of the many formations that we saw. We hiked a slot canyon and had a very good lunch that was provided. We would highly recommend Dreamland Safari and Steve.

44TonyS – October 12, 2017
TripAdvisor

Spent the day off-roading on the photographers dream tour with Don as our tour guide. My teenage son and I had a wonderful time. Epic scenery, great lunch included, some nice short hikes and learned a lot about the history and geology of this incredible area of the states. Would recommend this company without any hesitancy.

MezMar – April 7, 2016
TripAdvisor

We had 2 great days with Caitlin and Ron & Caitlin and Brent. Ron improvised a great tour to replace Photographer Dream which wasn’t drive-able because of the weather the day before our tour! We saw the Inch Worm double arches and Peek A Boo slot canyon was amazing plus Dinosaur footprints! It was a wonderful day full of surprises. The next day we went to the most incredible views of the Grand Canyon… so impressive! It was a long drive on really bad roads but worth it! Caitlin was really great! Even brought us coffee the second day!

R8597KHkarent – March 17, 2018
TripAdvisor

Single Travelers

Please do not book online if you are a single traveler 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 find out which tours are running during your date window.

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.”

Photographer's Dream Tour

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.

Fully Guided Tour

Photography Paradise!

Interesting Geology!

We go out of our way to open the wonders of the West to EVERYONE.

We are permitted, licensed, and insured.

Dreamland Safari Tours holds Special Use Permits from the Grand Staircase Escalante National MonumentGrand Canyon National Park, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument/Paria WildernessKanab Bureau of Land Management and Arizona Strip Bureau of Land Management.

All Day Tours are 2 adult minimum. A single passenger must pay for two seats if there is not a scheduled tour. All daytours 50% off for children 15 and under. Some Day Tours are not appropriate for small children.

Tour departure times are chosen at reservation. All daytours are booked on demand with departure options to fit your schedule. Tours do not run on each departure time or everyday. For Sunset or Sunrise at our more remote locations please consider a scheduled or custom built overnight or multi-day tour. We do not provide Sunrise or Sunset Daytours except the Sunset Safari.

All listed tour durations and pickup times are approximate. Please allow 10-20 minutes of pickup time flexibility for unforeseen circumstances and varying pickup logistics. Water and snacks are provided on all tours. A lunch meal is included on all tours of 6+ hours. Vegetarian option available.

We reserve the right to fill all empty seats. Cancellation / Reschedule / Weather policy applies.

Please familiarize yourself with our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS before contacting us.

To contact us with other specific questions or begin Making Reservations click the “Book Now” Button on each tour page or click Contact Us for info on how to give us a call or shoot us an email.

See all tours at a glance with our