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New Mexico / Arizona / Utah / Colorado Trip 2015

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

Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyph National Monument

Sunset 7:46 PM

San Felipe de Neri Church

2005 North Plaza NW
Albuquerque, NM  87104

6001 Unser Blvd. N.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069

8pm  Ghost Tour of Old Town

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

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Sunrise 6:23am  for Albuquerque  Sunset: 7:40pm  for Alamogordo
Twi: 8:06pm
Moonrise: 12:27pm
Moonset: 1:26am

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
sunset 7:41
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
19955 US-70
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 

White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument


Sunset for Sedona  7:07pm
Moonrise: 12:42pm
Moonset: 1:33am

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

Phoenix, Arizona

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

Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon

Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon


Sunrise 5:42 AM for Sedona

Sunset: 7:011pm for Grand Canyon
Moonrise: 1:36pm
Moonset: 2:11am

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

Sunrise: 5:40am
Sunset: 7:12pm
Moonrise: 2:30pm
Moonset: 2:45am

 Meteor Crater

 Meteor Crater, Winslow, AZ

Meteor Crater, Winslow, AZ

Interstate 40, Exit 233

Winslow, AZ 86047 USA
Open 8-5

Leave 10am for Grand Canyon (2.5 hours)

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park


Arrive by 1:00pm

Desert View Watchtower

Desert View

Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

Grandview Point

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
Sunset: 7:12pm
Moonrise: 3:21pm
Moonset: 3:14am

7:30 am Leave for Page, Arizona  (2 hours to Navajo Tribal Park Parking Lot)

Upper Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ

Upper Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ

Navajo Tribal Park Parking lot

LeChee, AZ 86046

36.897061, -111.407436

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.


Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ

Physical address:  

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
Check-In By 02:00PM

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.

Motel 6
37 South Lake Powell Boulevard, Page, AZ

Monument Valley, Utah

Monument Valley, Utah

Thursday April 30th
Sunrise: 6:30am for Monument Valley

Four Corners Monument

Four Corners Monument


Sunset 7:50pm for Great Sand Dunes National Park
Moonrise: 4:51pm
Moonset: 4:20am

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

Shipping Address:

The View Hotel

Indian Route 42 East

Oljato-Monument Valley, UT 84536
GPS Coordinates:

36.981782, -110.112135
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

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park



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

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park

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.


Carlsbad Caverns National Park

White Sands National Monument

Saguaro National Park

Havasu Falls – Helicopter Ride to save me 20 miles round trip of hiking

Meteor Crater

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