4 Corners Trip
April 24th to May 1st
Standard Car at Hertz
|Pick-Up /Drop Off:||Albuquerque Intl Sunport Airport (ABQ)
3400 University Se, Albuquerque, NM 87106
|Pick-Up Date & Time:||Friday, April 24 2015 – 12:00 PM|
|Drop-Off Date & Time:||Friday, May 01 2015 – 3:00 PM|
Friday April 24th
Sunset 7:46 PM
San Felipe de Neri Church
2005 North Plaza NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
PETROGLYPH NATIONAL MONUMENT (close at 4:30)
6001 Unser Blvd. N.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
8pm Ghost Tour of Old Town http://www.toursofoldtown.com/
Please have your entire party together and check in at our Ticket Window in Old Town’s Plaza Don Luis no later 7:50pm. (303 Romero St. NW – Albuquerque, NM 87104.) We are across the street west of the historic San Felipe Church, near the Visitor Information Center, next to the public restrooms. You should be able to find free parking around the Old Town Plaza.
Howard Johnson Express Albuquerque
7630 Pan American North East, Albuquerque, NM
Saturday April 25th
Sunrise 6:23am for Albuquerque Sunset: 7:40pm for Alamogordo
Leave Albuquerque 7:00 am for Roswell, NM (3 hours)
Leave 11:00 for Carlsbad Caverns park’s visitor center (2 hours)
Kings palace tour leaves at 1:30
727 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Carlsbad, NM, 88220
GPS coordinates to Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Longitude: 104.445855° W Latitude: 32.174212° N
Leave 4pm for White Sands (3.5 hours drive)
White Sands National Monument
April 18 to May 17 – The monument may be entered from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visitors must exit by 8:30 p.m.
White Sands Visitor’s Center
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Sunset Tours one hour before sunset
Super 8 Alamogoro
3204 North White Sands, Alamogordo, NM
Sunday April 26th
Sunrise for Alamogordo, NM 6:22am
Sunset for Sedona 7:07pm
Leave White Sands 9am for Saguaro (5 hours)
Stop by Tombstone, AZ
Saguaro National Park
2700 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona 85743
Leave 3:00 for Phoenix (2 hours)
Skyline shot of Phoenix
7069 N 23rd Pl
2 hours to Sedona prefer to reach Sedona by 6pm
Red Planet Diner
1655 State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
Whitehouse Inn Sedona
2986 West State Route 89A Sedona, AZ 86336
Monday April 27th
Sunrise 5:42 AM for Sedona
Sunset: 7:011pm for Grand Canyon
Leave 8am for Havasu Falls (4.5 hours) 36.159735, -112.709350
Need to arrive by 1:00 Airwest Helicopters is the contracted provider of regular helicopter service to Supai from Haulapai Hilltop.
Helicopter Service – $85 per person / one way*
. It would be best to check with Airwest Helicopters at 1-623-516-2790 to confirm any day in question.
Hualapai Hilltop can be reached at the end of Indian Road 18 which is 65 miles north of Route 66.
Baymont Inn & Suites Flagstaff
2005 South Milton Road Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Tuesday April 28th
Interstate 40, Exit 233
Winslow, AZ 86047 USA
Leave 10am for Grand Canyon (2.5 hours)
Arrive by 1:00pm
Desert View Watchtower
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
3:30pm South Rim Airplane Tour at 4:00
Plan to arrive at the Grand Canyon South airport 30 minutes prior to your flight departure for check-in.
All passengers are required to reconfirm their tour with our reservations center at least 24 hours in advance at (702) 638-3296. When calling, please have your reservation number available. Our specialists are available daily from 5:00am to 11:00pm (Pacific Time). Reservations not reconfirmed are subject to rescheduling or cancellation.
|Flight Duration||40 – 45 minutes|
|Check-In||Clients should arrive at Grand Canyon South airport 30 minutes prior to departure for check-in|
|Flight||Clients board Airplane. Round trip aerial flight time is approximately 40 – 45 minutes. Once in the air, you’ll have picture perfect viewing of the Zuni Corridor, Imperial Point, Confluence of the Colorado, Little Colorado River, Kaibab National Forest and Kaibab Plateau.|
Leave Grand Canyon after night shots
Grand Canyon Inn 317 South State Route 64, Valle, AZ
Wednesday April 29th
Sunrise: 5:39am for Grand Canyon
7:30 am Leave for Page, Arizona (2 hours to Navajo Tribal Park Parking Lot)
Navajo Tribal Park Parking lot
LeChee, AZ 86046
Photography Tour of Upper Antelope Canyon (Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours) for April 28, 2015 at 11:00am MST
Must arrive by 10:00 1 hr early or earlier for the prime-time tours (10am, 11am, 12noon Tours & PHOTO TOUR (11am-1pm)) due to over-crowding at that time frame.
Headed North from Flagstaff on highway 89
Turn right onto highway 98 and head east 5.8 miles. The parking lot will be on your right. Look for the lifted blue trucks that transport visitors to the site.
*Due to heavy construction on highway 89, northbound traffic is detoured to highway 98 near Tuba City which actually passes directly by the Navajo Tribal Park parking lot near Page.
Headed South from Page on highway 89
Turn left on highway 98 and head east 5.8 miles. The parking lot will be on your right. Look for the lifted blue trucks that transport visitors to the site.
Navajo Tribal Park Parking Lot
Highway 98, LeChee, AZ (Between mile marker 299 & 300)
Guided Photo Tour of Lower Antelope Canyon
|Tour Date||29 APR 2015 Wednesday|
|Tour Time||02:30PM Mountain Daylight Time|
We are located 2 miles east of Page, Arizona. From the traffic light at Coppermine Road, travel 2 miles east on US 98. Turn left (north) onto Antelope Point Road (Navajo Route N22B). Go North for 1/4 mile, Ken’s Tours is located on the left (west) side of the road. You will see the only permanent building in the area and our sign that reads “Ken’s Tours”.
You may also find our location by entering the following Latitude/Longitude coordinates into your GPS, Google Earth, or smartphone map: 36.9026N 111.4112W
Please confirm your reservation by email or calling 1 day prior. Any reservation not paid-in-full that is not reconfirmed 1 day prior, WILL be canceled.
Leave Page at 5:30 for Horseshoe Bend and wait for Sunset
It has its own parking area on the west side of US 89 about 4 miles south of Page, Arizona. The GPS coordinates are: 36.876246,-111.502788.
37 South Lake Powell Boulevard, Page, AZ
Thursday April 30th
Sunrise: 6:30am for Monument Valley
Sunset 7:50pm for Great Sand Dunes National Park
Leave 2:30AM from Page hotel (2 hours drive to Monument Valley but they are 1 hour ahead)
Meet at 5:45am in the lobby of the View Hotel for Sunrise tour of Monument Valley
The View Hotel
Indian Route 42 East
Oljato-Monument Valley, UT 84536
The tour starts one hour before sunrise so it will be still fairly dark when we get to the sunrise photo location. We suggest you bring a tripod. After sunrise, you wont need a tripod.
Note that the entire Navajo Nation observes Mountain Daylight Savings Time from April through October, putting it one hour ahead of the time in other Arizona locations, or the same time as
Leave 10am for Four Corners Monument (1.5 hours)
4 Corners Road, Teec Nos Pos, NM 86514
(November 01- April 30) 8:00am – 5:00pm
Leave 12:30 for Mesa Verde National Park (1 hour away)
Cliff Palace from Chapin Mesa Top Loop Road
Leave 2:30 for Great Sand Dunes National Park (5 hour drive)
Valley Motel 2051 Main Street, Alamosa, CO
Friday May 1th
6:07 Sunrise for Great Sand Dunes National Park
9:30-10am leave for Albuquerque Airport (4 hour drive)
Stop for an hour in Santa Fe
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
131 Cathedral Pl
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Drop off Car by 3:45 and be at airport to head to Denver.
Photo Settings for Antelope Canyon:
- Turn off image stabilization for the ability to change focal points
- Consider shooting in the manual mode – RAW. F-stop should be F-11 to F-18.
- Shutter should remain open for 2-6 seconds
- Check your red histogram to make sure it is not over saturated and try for a display of 4 histograms
- If your camera has a mirror lock up feature, enable it
- Set the ISO higher than usual, between 200-400
- Don’t use live view – you won’t have time – instead, practice with manual settings ahead of time
I visited the following parks in this order.
PETROGLYPH NATIONAL MONUMENT
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
White Sands National Monument
Saguaro National Park
Havasu Falls – Helicopter Ride to save me 20 miles round trip of hiking
Grand Canyon Air Plane Tour, plan on doing astrophotography as well as sunset/sunrise
Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon – Photo tours for each
Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon
Monument Valley Sunrise Tour
Four Corners Monument
Mesa Verde National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park – plan on doing astrophotography as well as sunset/sunrise
Cities I was in
Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Tucson, Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff, Denver and Houston