Alstrom Point Astro Photography with Cody York
Fully Guided Tour
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Dreamland Safari Tours holds Special Use Permits from the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Grand Canyon National Park, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument/Paria Wilderness, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Kanab Bureau of Land Management, Kaibab National Forest, and Arizona Strip Bureau of Land Management.
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For sunset or sunrise at our more remote locations, we recommend a scheduled or custom overnight or multi-day tour - and we are happy to work with you to develop an itinerary that meets your needs.
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 on non-private tours. Cancellation / Reschedule / Weather policy applies.
Please familiarize yourself with our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS before contacting us.
This 2-day, one-night astro photography extravanganza at Alstrom Point is a unique foray into the depths of the Utah desert led by pro photographer Cody York.
Tour prices are subject to sales tax & BLM fees. Bookings made via 3rd party providers include 15% base guide gratuity.
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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.
How do I reserve my date(s)?
You are able to book online or by contacting us. We do require a 50% deposit to reserve your daytour date(s) and a 1/3 deposit to reserve a multi-day tour. The remaining balance is due the day of your tour at departure. Your guide can take any method of payment.
Can I pay via cash, Paypal, credit card, check?
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?
We want to do one of your overnight tours, but aren’t able to make any of your scheduled dates. What are our options?
Depending upon our schedule, we may be able to add or shift dates. Please contact us with which tour you are interested in and which dates you are considering. Custom multi-days can be arranged APR-OCT depending on availability.
This 2-day, one-night Alstrom Point workshop includes all the services of our regular overnight Alstrom Point overnight tours, as well as expert instruction from photographer Cody York and a 3hr post-processing session in Kanab.
About Cody York
Cody York is an accomplished, highly respected professional photographer whose commercial, editorial, advertisement, and action sports work has been featured in dozens of internationally recognized publications and ad campaigns. From ESPN to Red Bull and The New York Times – Cody has done it all. Cody’s focus on technical proficiency, creative lighting, and innovative concepts make him the ultimate instructor for a photography workshop at White Pocket. You can see more of Cody’s work at www.codyyorkphotography.com.
About Dreamland’s Alstrom Point Astro Photography Tour
You bring your camera gear, we take care of the logistics. Our Overnight Alstrom Point Astro Photography Tour enables you to focus on getting the best shots while we take care of everything from transport to camp gear and delicious home-cooked meals. All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes to hike in, your clothes, and of course your camera. This is the ultimate Southern Utah Photography Tour.
This tour includes:
- Optimal photographic timing to capture sunset, sunrise, and some of the best night skies in the continental United States
- An intimate, small group setting of no more than 4 participants and photography instructor Cody York to ensure optimal opportunities for 1:1 teaching, plus two guides from Dreamland Safari Tours to ensure your comfort at camp
- Time to enjoy this world class landscape photography venue
- Excellent home-cooked meals for dinner and breakfast;
- Comfortable camp environment with toilet, tables, chairs, campfires when possible, tents, air mattresses, sleeping bags, and down comforters when cold
- Safe, comfortable 4×4 transportation on rough dirt roads
- Wilderness First Responder Guide and satellite messenger in case of emergency
- Workshop also includes 3hr post-processing session in Kanab on the second day of the workshop
If you wish to book this tour click here to get started with online booking or give us a call at 435-644-5506.
2024 Dates with Cody York
May 11-12, 2024
Fully Guided Tour
10:00am – Meet & greet with Cody at Dreamland Safari Tours at 406 E 300 S, Kanab, UT 84741, next door to the Travelodge. Guests may leave cars or extra bags here.
10:30am – Astro technique briefing and gear review for workshop field portion
Noon – break for lunch (not included in workshop cost)
1pm – Begin transfer to Alstrom Point
4pm – Arrive Alstrom Point; orientation, composition scouting & shoot planning
6pm – Dinner al fresco
7:30pm til late – Golden Hour, Sunset, Blue Hour & Milky Way photography
Workshop participants will be able to sleep before or after the prime Milky Way window which, in the spring months, falls roughly between the hours of midnight and 4am. Camp at Alstrom is only a few hundred yards from most photo points allowing for easy access to tents, hot drinks, and more.
Early morning – optional sunrise and golden hour photography (coffee & snacks available)
7am – Full Cowboy Breakfast
8:30am – Depart Alstrom Point
Noon – OPTIONAL editing clinic (lunch provided for those who choose to participate)
Guest Experiences on Cody’s astro workshops
Amazing customer service from beginning to end. The folks at Dreamland and Cody York Photography led an exceptional astrophotography workshop. This is my second experience travelling the area with Dreamland Safari and I can’t recommend it more highly.
Wendy S – April 22, 2023
This truly was a once in a lifetime experience. Everything was first class from the tents to the food. Of course they could have turned the wind down just a bit LOL. Cody York is a world class photographer and yet patient enough to teach even an amateur like me. I learned more than I ever imagined in such a short time. Sunny and Robert were wonderful guides, I really can’t compliment them enough. The experience at White Pocket, was out of this world, literally. It looks like you are on another planet. I haven’t done much tent camping in my life but I’m so glad I did. I thought the ground would be hard but the padding was very comfortable.
Debby H – October 15, 2023
I recently did a 3 day/2 night photography tour with Dreamland and Cody York. The experience was amazing! Sunny, Robert and Orion went over the top to make sure everything went well on the tour. Having someone drive you out to these remote locations, set up your tents and have dinner and breakfast ready in a timely manner is worth every penny. With them taking care of all the logistics it allowed me to really focus on soaking up the beauty and taking photos. Cody York was a great teacher and I learned a lot from him on this tour. He had a lot of patience with us all even though we had different levels of experience. I had little experience shooting the night sky and even with my equipment not being the newest, I still came away with some great photos. I have already booked another tour with Dreamland this fall. Can’t wait to go back!
Mark Butler – May 9, 2022
(…) the third Dreamland Safari Tour I have taken with the company. This particular trip was, yet, another fabulous overnight. This trip, however, was a two night event that featured Cody York teaching us photographic technique in shooting photos of the Milky Way against the White Pockets area in the Vermillion Cliffs. Spectacular adventure for all levels of skills, marvelous hosts and hostess (Sonny) that organized and made things possible. Thanks to Dreamland Safari for the concept of the photo journey and thanks to Cody for the relentless effort in making it all possible.
Peter G – June 13, 2021
Cody York, the instructor, was spectacular, sharing image capture technique among attendees who had a broad swath of camera equipment. Could have not successfully captured product needed for post processing without the instruction. Cody has gift of being able to multi task among attendees competing for his attention.
John V – July 4, 2021
We did a two night trip to White Pocket featuring Cody York teaching astro-photography. This is our third trip with Dreamland to White Pocket, so this speaks volumes about our love for the location and our respect for the company. As before, the service provided by Dreamland was exceptional and making an attempt at astro-photography with the incredibly knowledgeable and patient Cody York was rewarding. The Dreamland team consisted of Cody, another professional photographer, one of the owners, and Robert (an excellent chef and willing photo model). The team worked very well together and made the overall experience very memorable. Kudos to Robert for making delicious dinners of chicken, steak and salmon. We had one night of unseasonably cold weather, and we appreciated having our water bottles filled with hot water to tuck in our sleeping bags. We love this area and Dreamland is superb. We’re scheduled for trip #4 with Dreamland in October!
Jann01 – April 30, 2023
About Alstrom Point
Located high above Lake Powell with jaw-dropping scenery, Alstrom Point is a well known and sought-after spot among photographers. Remoteness paired with rugged roads and big rock steps make Alstrom Point hard to access – yet with the right vehicle and guide it is possible to drive straight up to the cliff-edge and set camp within an easy walk of Alstrom’s singular Lake Powell overlook. Sheer cliffs mean that there is no lake access at Alstrom Point, yet it is a breathtaking location for sunrise and sunset photography. For astro photography aficionados Alstrom Point also offers terrific options for spring-time Milky Way panoramas.
Alstrom Point is a desert photographer’s paradise: sought-after yet hard to access with expansive views of Lake Powell, Gunsight Butte, and the magnificent landscape of Glen Canyon.
While Alstrom Point is technically accessible year-round (barring major storms that wash out the road), fall and spring are the best seasons for this Lake Powell photography overnight adventure. Alstrom Point offers minimal shade and is often subject to extreme heat during the summer months, making summer visits not advisable. During the winter, night-time temperatures can dip below freezing. Yet from March through May and late September through early November, pleasantly warm day-time temperatures are usually complemented by cool but enjoyable nighttime conditions.