Lake Powell

Glen Canyon Field School - 2013 Courses

Lens on the Lake: Gary Ladd's Photography Exploration of Lake Powell Houseboat Trip

Trip One: March 18-24, 2013 (7 days / 6 nights)
Instructor/Trip Leader: Gary Ladd
Fee: $1,895 ($1,750 for Members)

Trip Two: October 20-26, 2013 (7 days / 6 nights)
Instructor/Trip Leader: Gary Ladd
Fee: $1,895 ($1,750 for Members)

Trip Three: October 29 - November 4, 2013 (7 days / 6 nights)
Instructor/Trip Leader: Gary Ladd
Fee: $1,895 ($1,750 for Members)

Over the years, Gary Ladd has demonstrated time after time just how photogenic Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell can be. Here's your opportunity to tag along with this landscape's premier photographer as he visits all his favorite locations at the best time of day for beautiful pictures. Gary has been exploring the lake, its canyons, and the surrounding landscape since 1975 and has been leading photography houseboat trips for Arizona Highways and other groups for over 20 years - so you know he knows where to go and what to shoot! If you have ever thought about exploring this amazing lake that has been so little appreciated for what it offers photographers, this may be just the trip you've been waiting for!

Houseboats are a perfect way to get to Gary's favorite photogenic spots. Travel, dine, and sleep in comfort while experiencing wild Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Between land-based photography sessions you can experience the magnificent scenery from the comfort of a couch in the lounge or from the upper deck but always keep your eyes peeled for unexpected opportunities along shore. We stop for photo-ops!

List of Possible Destinations: (Depending on the exact lake level and weather conditions) Padre Bay, Forest Alcove, Confluence Canyon, Cottonwood Canyon, Cookie Jar & Weathering Pit Ridge, Pool Canyon, Rock Creek Canyon, Gunsight Butte and Canyon, Dominguez Butte, Cathedral in the Desert, Last Chance Canyon, Escalante Canyon.

Paria Canyon Backpack - SOLD OUT!

Trip One: May 26 - June 2, 2013 (8 days / 7 nights)
Instructor/Trip Leader: Christa Sadler
Hiking Difficulty*: Level 3+
Fee: $795 ($770 for Members)

Paria Canyon PackpackNear the historic Lonely Dell Ranch, the Colorado River begins to carve the grandest of canyons. Along its course many streams, creeks and rivers will join erosional forces, and eventually spill into the main river channel-carving splendid side canyons of their own in the process. The !rst of these tributaries is the Paria River, and few are more splendid. Spilling off the Paria Plateau, the Paria has sculpted a series of sinuous canyons in the ancient sandstone. This class will explore the various geologic forces at work in this network of slot canyons, as well as water's role in a delicate desert ecosystem. The prehistoric and pioneer history of the area is equally compelling, and so participants will also hear about humankind's connection to this storied landscape, from the Puebloan peoples to the Mormon pioneers.

After a few days exploring Lees Ferry the class will head to the Paria. The entry point will be dependent on water levels in the river, being either Wire Pass (Buckskin Gulch) or White House. Hiking through this remote tributary will be relatively straightforward, with gentle grades, comfortable daily mileages and plenty of water. Participants will need to be prepared to walk in water with comfortable water shoes.


  • This class is offered in cooperation with Grand Canyon Field Institute.
  • Available slots in this class are extremely limited.
  • Important Travel Note. Please do not make any non-refundable travel plans in association with this class until you hear from us; the overnight camping permit for Paria Canyon may not be in-hand until approximately February 1st, 2013.

Itinerary (subject to change and dependent on water levels in Paria River):

  • Day 1: Meet at Lees' Ferry, set up camp and orientation
  • Day 2: Explore Lees' Ferry
  • Day 3-8: Hike Paria Canyon back to Lees' Ferry

*Hiking Difficulty Level 3:

  • Trail Condition: Unpaved, often steep with loose surfacing in sections, typically 2-3 feet wide, numerous potential trip hazards.
  • Distances: Up to 8 miles per day
  • Pack Carried: Backpack
  • Pack Weight: Between 30-35 lbs
  • Suggested Prior Experience: Advanced physical fitness and exercise regularly; recent hiking a must.
  • Special Note(s): Increase the class Hike Level by 1 between late May and mid September.

Registration is now open for all courses! To register by mail, download the registration packet (PDF). To register by telephone, call (928) 608-6530. All course fees include meals.