Epic Southwest and Slot Canyons 2020

Epic Southwest and Slot Canyons 2020


March 14th – 23rd, 2020

Sold Out. Sign up for waitlist

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Announcing our 2020 EPIC Southwest Tour!

We have ADDED even more to the already awesome tour and we have made this a smaller group of 12 photographers

This tour includes 2 days at Bryce National Park AND a special Cultural evening with Navajo Dancers performing for us at sunset at Horseshoe Bend Overlook on their PRIVATE access area! 

Plus we are driven to the exclusive overlook area saving us the mile hike each way! 


 Horseshoe Bend, PRIVATE Slot Canyons, Horseshoe Bend W/Special performing Navajo Dancers, 
Zion National Park. Bryce National Park, Valley of Fire State Park 
Photograph America the Beautiful series!

This tour only allows for a small group without exception. Once again, we are offering new tours with smaller groups! This tour will allow for only 12 photographers with 2 Instructors! This is exciting but also means our tours sell out even quicker now! 

We have gained INCREDIBLE, EXCLUSIVE, access to a Slot Canyon that you will find breathtaking. This is why we have to book this so far in advance in order to guarantee our exclusivity to this amazing slot canyon.

See the info below!

YES, we have amazing incredible EXCLUSIVE access. This is not Antelope and with good reasons.

This is two plus hours of our group freely roaming with MPA teaching and shooting. 

YES, we are the ONLY group during our time. No one is able to do anything like this that we are doing because of our relationship with the slot and the people. Not to mention we are also working on some very special Navajo possibilities culturally. 🙂 

Please do not hesitate to email with ANY questions you may have. We are here to help you make your dream tour a reality and will do what we can from our end to make that happen. All of the details, pricing, and scheduled itinerary are below.

*Hiking- The hikes will be easy and short for the most part. Occasionally, a longer more strenuous hike may be optional and offered. For those that choose not to do such a hike, there is no problem as there will always be two groups and sets of instructors making this a tour almost anyone can do.

Thank you! 
David and Ally McKay


This is truly something you will not be able to do on your own and alone is worth the tour! We have gained EXCLUSIVE access and time to photograph in slot canyons on private Navajo land!

It is important to understand how unique and exclusive this is. Our group, due to our relationship, is given incredible access privately! We will spend approximately
2 hours in the slot canyon. Unlike any typical slot canyon tour where you get just a minute or two plus have to fight the crowds, we get TIME, ACCESS and the ability to use Tripods!

Our group will be taken via private guided 4×4 to the slot canyon. This is approximately a 6 mile backcountry drive that is an awesome photographic opportunity itself. We will also have private guides with us to help and answer any questions about this sacred land that interest you. 

Upon arrival at the slot canyon, you will take an easy nature hike to the narrow and winding slot canyon. The beauty of this Slot Canyon is that you will be in the ONLY group that is there at that time. You can truly avoid the crowds of Antelope Canyon and come experience a photographer’s dream. This Navajo Nation slot canyon has been preserved for those who want to have a quieter slot canyon experience and we have been given the ability to do so privately!


Join us as we explore some of the best the Southwest has to offer! Planned sessions at the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Private access Slot Canyons, Zion and potentially Bryce based on time.  PLUS….some night time star photography!
Due to the immense popularity of our SW tours, this is a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis.  You will then receive an email from David McKay who will be in touch to collect payment.Both tours are SOLD OUT- Please email hello@mckaylive.com to be placed on the wait-list.



  • Price: $2695 (Early Bird Rate SPECIAL $2395 (SAVE $300)  if registered paid in full
  • by April 15, 2019)  
  • Price includes:
    • MPA team personally educating and photographing with you!
    • 15 Photographers Slot Canyon experience and 3 Instructors
    • 12 Photographers 2 Instructors Zion and Bryce
    • Full days of shooting with instruction.
    • Editing Techniques
    • Bonus  -Star trail photography as possible
    • Transportation in areas during tour dates
    • All permits, park entrance fees, and fees for listed set activities
  • Price DOES NOT include:
    • Lodging- Hotel Blocks will be reserved.
    • Travel Insurance – HIGHLY recommended
    • Personal Expenses ( meals, beverages, alcohol, wifi, laundry, etc)
    • Additional Tours or Excursions
    • Tips and Gratuities for guides and MPA team

The trip is not confirmed until the deposit is placed. Due to limited space, there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this and it is on a first come first serve basis. Contact us with any questions.

Refund policies can be found here. 


Tour 1
Mar 14th – Arrive Las Vegas – 7pm Welcome Meeting. Stay overnight
Mar 15th – Leave for Grand Canyon together at meeting point hotel(TBA) Sunset at GC
Mar 16th – Slot Canyons- Page, AZ –  Break –   Evening Session Horseshoe Bend w/Navajo Dancers at Overlook Sunset
Mar 17th  – Morning Session  break then Evening Session in Page, AZ
The Group that Goes on.
Mar 18th –  Drive to Zion – Shoot along the way and Zion  – Sunset
Mar 19th – Zion
Mar 20th –  Zion morning – Drive to Bryce (Sunset session Bryce)
Mar 21st –  Bryce
Mar 22nd – Drive to Vegas Session at Valley of Fire
Mar 23rd –  Depart for home at your leisure. 
TOUR 2  will start on Mar 25th with Arrival and follow same itinerary as above.
Mar 25th – Arrive Las Vegas Stay overnight
Mar 26th – Leave for Grand Canyon together at meeting point hotel(TBA) Sunset at GC
Mar 27th – Slot Canyons- Page, AZ –  Break –   Evening Session Horseshoe Bend w/Navajo Dancers at Overlook Sunset
Mar 28th  – Morning Session  break then Evening Session in Page, AZ
Mar 29th – Drive to Zion – Shoot along the way and Zion  – Sunset
Mar 30th – Zion
Mar 31st –  Zion morning – Drive to Bryce (Sunset session Bryce)
Apr 1st   –  Bryce
Apr 2nd – Drive to Vegas Session at Valley of Fire
Apr 3rd  –  Depart for home
Due to the incredible landscape and opportunities in the region, we will determine based on many factors, choosing various options to go and photograph that may not be listed here. It’s that epic!*Itineraries and times are subject to change based on many factors, but plans are to always be able to photograph the iconic items listed.


  • Toby Gelston (All tours)
  • TBA

Instructors are scheduled, however they are subject to change as needed.

Tour Pack

Please download the Tour Packet from link below.  Much of the information contained in this packet is also available under the Tour Prep page here on the web site. However, this packet will also include some gear specifics for this tour.  Please note that specific flight information, arrival and departure times, accommodations, and other logistical information may not be in this packet. Those items will be emailed to you at various times in the planning process of each tour. 

Southwest Tour 1 Tour Pack