The Grand Canyon River Trip

The Colorado River winds through massive canyon walls in one of the most scenic wonders of our world, The Grand Canyon.
Join Muench Workshops pros Marc Muench and Michael Strickland for this photography workshop and expedition. The workshop will begin in Flagstaff, two days before the expedition, where you will be given lessons on composition, technique and image making in the field. Then, Arizona Raft Adventures will guide us on this eight-day expedition, rafting on the Colorado River. Following our eight days on the river, Marc and Michael will conduct a full day of image reviews, combined with post processing lessons, all with the images just captured on the expedition. This will be held in a private meeting space in our hotel, with classroom-style seating so that everyone can participate,  processing with their own laptops. 

A motorized raft offers a great way to experience the Colorado River. Safe and comfortable, with plenty of room for the camera equipment, it allows for more time to explore and photograph. Our river guides will share canyon geology, early river running history, river ecology, and many other facts and river lore. When you embark on this journey, everything needed for the entire expedition is carried on the raft. Arizona Raft Adventures pioneered the use of quiet engines and they are just big enough to steer our 32–34 foot long rafts. Their custom designed boat is comfortable, yet still offers excitement through the rapids. Our group size is nice and small allowing for everyone to spend time photographing in all the amazing locations. You will see 225 miles of the river from “put in” at Lee's Ferry to “take-out” at Diamond Creek. Daily itinerary includes rafting, camping, hiking, swimming, and, of course, photography.

This will be a great opportunity to float through the deepest canyon on earth, and capture images of beautiful caverns, waterfalls, streams, and so much more. We’ll experience a full moon during our trip, which will offer many great opportunities for moonlit landscapes deep within the canyon. We will eat like royalty at every camp, where the guides will prepare amazing meals with fresh local meats, vegetables and herbs. All camping equipment will be provided.

You will come away with a much deeper knowledge of landscape photography, having spent an intense ten days around many like-minded aspiring photographers in a spectacular location. 

Guests of all levels of rafting experience are welcome on the motorized raft trip. Non-photographer spouses, family members, friends are welcome!






Aug 19–30, 2018

Fitness Level:

Easy to difficult. Uneven
surfaces on walks and hikes in the canyon


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Thank you for a fantastic workshop! I learned a ton, captured great shots with your coaching and location knowledge, and am inspired to do more. The pace of the workshop was perfect. You kept us busy, but not hurried. I really appreciated your attention to the logistics details.
— Kent Cameron, Arches '13, Santa Barbara Outback '14, New Zealand '16


August 19, 2018: Meet and greet at 5:00 PM in hotel followed by group dinner.

August 20, 2018: Photography in the field at Sunset Crater NM. This will be a great time to learn landscape techniques before you begin your journey down the Colorado river. Lunch in town, then back out again to take advantage of the afternoon light and sunset. Dinner followed by 7:00 PM orientation meeting with Arizona Raft Adventures guides.

August 21, 2018: Early breakfast and board the bus to Lees Fairy (2 hrs), where we embark on our private raft for the expedition. After a few hours on the river we’ll stop and camp for our first night of sleeping under the stars in the Grand Canyon. 

August 21–28, 2018: For seven nights you’ll be sleeping under the stars, in one of the most dramatic locations in the world. Each day our guides and leaders will discuss locations, logistics and plans. Be prepared to enjoy the cool waters of the river, amazing side canyons with streams, waterfalls and pools, and hot afternoons with cool refreshments. Everyone gets tents for sleeping if they choose, portable showers are available and portable toilets are provided. All cooking and food will be prepared and handled by our guides. 

August 28, 2018: The last morning on the river, breakfast then bus ride back to our hotel in Flagstaff. Shower time, then dinner to be enjoyed on our first dinner table in 7 nights!

August 29, 2018: Breakfast at hotel, 10:00 AM class begins. You'll be asked to share samples of your images from the expedition and receive valuable critique from your pros. Bring your laptop as there will be tables and power to follow along during the post processing lessons. Learn how to make simple yet powerful edits to your images, crop and set the white point to reveal all the colors of the Grand Canyon. 4:00 PM break for day followed by final group dinner and goodbyes. This nights stay at the Little America Hotel is included!


What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)
  • Ground and water transportation to and from the river
  • Waterproof dry bags (not for your camera gear), sleeping bag and liner, sleeping pad, tarp, tent, camp chair, mug, Colorado River Guide Book, life jacket and eating utensils.
  • All meals, snacks, and soft drinks during the workshop
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
  • Full day seminar pre and post river trip. Technical photography lessons, Image reviews, critiques, and post-processing instruction
  • Fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Air transportation to/from Flagstaff Arizona. Alcoholic beverages. Items of a personal nature. Trip and cancellation insurance. Gratuities for river guides. Anything not listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $2,500 will hold your space in this workshop. A second payment of $3,000 is due by Jan 31, 2018. The balance of $1,995 is due May 1, 2018. After January 1, 2018 all payments are non-refundable. All of our other standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

Got questions? We're always here for you. Ready to join us? Click the ”Sign Me Up!” button below and we'll see you in on the Colorado!

The National Park Service requires all Photography Workshops to list the outfitters cost as well as the additional "Photo" component of the workshop. AZRA cost = $3067/per, Muench Workshops photo-workshop cost = $4428/per