Joshua Tree National Park 2021

June 12th – 15th, 2021

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This is a PERFECT tour for all levels. With hands-on instruction, no matter your skill level, we will have you getting awesome images, AND learning along the way!

Sunsets, Milky Way, Starry Nights and Painting with Light! 

Part of the MPA “Photograph America the Beautiful” Tours! 
A tour for a specific purpose! 

3 FULL NIGHTS DEDICATED to the sunsets, stars and learning how to photograph the nighttime skies and paint with light in one of the top places in the world to do so!

PLUS – Learning to edit your images including how to
star-stack for circles of stars!

Join us as we capture amazing images, and truly learn many of the secrets of astral photography and painting with light!

PLUS-A bonus day of learning to edit using Lightroom and Photoshop and how to star stack images to get the effects of the image above!

Joshua Tree National Park has long been considered by many as the best place in the United States to photograph the night skies due to such low light “pollution”. This tour is specifically set up for the dates when the dark skies should be at their best. This is an OPTIMUM time of year to do this.

You do NOT NEED night time photography experience to do this tour! This tour is for you to learn and we are right there with you in a  small group setting!

*Hiking difficulty – There is very little hiking on this tour. Almost everything we photograph is within a VERY short walk to our vehicles and many times, just right outside of our vehicles! If you have any concerns or special circumstances, please do not hesitate to reach out with your questions.


  • Dates: RESCHEDULED  June 12th – 15th 2021
  • Price: $1295
    • Early Bird Rate Available $1095 until June 30th! We expect this to be sold out within a few days.
  • Itinerary:
    • Saturday, June 12th
      • Arrive
      • Group Meeting at 7 pm
      • 1st Nighttime Photography Session
    • Sunday, June 13th
      • Sunset & Nighttime Photography Session
    • Monday, June 14th
      • Afternoon Image Review & Editing Workshop
      • Sunset & Nighttime Photography Session
    • Tuesday, June 15th
      • Depart at Your Leisure

Included During Tour Dates:

  • Instruction with MPA Team
  • Transportation each day from our group hotel to/from shooting locations
  • National Park Permits and Entrance Fees
  • Photography-Travel-Friendship-Adventure! The McKay Motto!

**Instructors are scheduled but may change without notice. You will always have a top MPA instructor team!

NOT Included:

  • Travel to Group Hotel – Located just outside of Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms, CA
  • Accommodations – Group Hotel Block to be arranged
  • Personal Expenses such as meals, beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
  • Trip Insurance (Highly Recommend)

Location, Travel & Lodging

  • Travel:
    • Palm Springs International Airport – PSP
      • Hotel direction: 49 miles NE
    • LA/Ontario International Airport – ONT
      • Hotel direction: 104 miles NE
    • Los Angeles International Airport – LAX
      • Hotel direction: 215 miles NE
    • Twentynine Palms Airport – TNP
      • Hotel direction: 11 miles W
  • Accommodations:
    • Fairfield Inn & Suites Twentynine Palms-Joshua Tree National Park
      • 6333 Encelia Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
      • Room Block Booking Link to be Shared
    • We can assist with finding roommates.


  • Toby Gelston
  • Steve Scurich

Instructors are scheduled, however, they are subject to change based on needs.

Tour Pack

Please download the Tour Packet from the 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. 

Joshua Tree 2021 Tour Packet

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