Capitol Reef Autumn Colors, Canyons & Badlands Workshop - October 23-26, 2023

Classic American Southwest Landscapes and Alien Badlands.

Dates: October 23-26, 2023
Torrey, Utah
Joseph Rossbach


Join me on this 5 day workshop as we explore the magnificent Utah Badlands, capturing its captivating palette of colors from sunrise through to sunset – and beyond! Photograph the dramatic and rugged desert scenery of this martian like location and experience the colorful hues of the many badlands in the region. At this time of the year the Cottonwoods in the canyons and river bottoms will have amazing autumn colors to photograph against the rugged backdrop of canyon walls, buttes and spires!

We will also be doing drone photography on this workshop, so please make sure that you bring your drone or rent one. The aerial photo opportunities are endless in this area.


Day 1: Meet at 2pm at our lodging in Hanksville for a meet and greet. Sunset photo shoot (approx. 3 hours).

Day 2, 3 and 4: Typically, we’ll be out for sunrise, shoot until mid morning and then take a break for a meal and brief rest. We’ll convene for instruction, post processing and critique during the mid-day hours when the light is typically less conducive to photography. We’ll then head back out into the field in the late afternoon and evening, ending our session after sunset.

On Day 4, we conclude the workshop after our sunset shoot. This gives everyone a chance to sleep in the next morning before traveling back home


  • A good understanding of your camera and gear.
  • The ability to fly a drone and take photos from the air.
  • Must be able to hike up to 4 miles a day over uneven desert terrain.
  • The ability to be flexible and go the extra mile to get the best possible images.

Planning your trip:

The closest major airport to Hanksville, Utah is Salt Lake city International Airport. The drive from SLC to Hanksville is approx. 5 hours. You must rent a high clearance (and if possible) 4x4 vehicle for this workshop. We will set up a ride share program over the workshop.

We will send you a detailed list of recommended equipment, gear and clothing 90 days prior to the workshop.

Although it is not required, it is highly recommended to own or rent a drone for the workshop. We will be doing at least 4 drone sessions photographing the alien like badlands in the area.


A deposit of 500.00 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of this workshop. There is no refund after the final payment has been made (unless we can fill your spot).


Images from past workshops.