Moab and Monument Valley

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August 10th- 15th, 2023




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A word from Toby-
My original caption is below – it started to get unwieldy.. so I will just say I love photographing the stars, especially with beautiful moonlit landscapes. We had lots of fun photographing stars in the Moab area a few weeks ago and have decided to return in mid-august for a short workshop focused on astrophotography. Stars, star trails, Milkyway, moonlit landscapes – all will be possible.The MPA team returned from an epic tour to Moab! Many of you have seen some of the images. While there, and being awestruck, they knew it was time to create a specific tour to photograph at night within Arches National Park and the surrounding area. Moab, UT is truly full of wonder.  Moab is extraordinary, from over 2000 arches in the area to some of the deepest canyons in the world!
Join us as we return and help you create spectacular astrophotography photos in and around Arches National Park.Our sessions will start with sunset at iconic locations. Then we will go into the night to photograph the wonders under the Stars and Milky Way!  We have set up this tour specifically to work during a time when the moon and Milky Way conditions should be prime! We will explore and photograph iconic Arches and Canyonlands National Parks at night and in some surrounding areas.  In the past, we have had limited time to spend on the nighttime images due to the daytime tours and early morning wake-up calls.  
With this new tour, we will have plenty of time to see and photograph MUCH MORE and spend time during the optimum hours and with NO TOURISTS! PLUS – A special add-on to Monument Valley!  

ALL levels of photographers are welcome!

New and beginning photographers will love the personal instruction and fun atmosphere. There is no reason to feel intimated on a McKay Tour! We love new photography enthusiasts! 
Seasoned photographers will love the camaraderie and ability to continue on their learning journey with two awesome educators! 

Additional information

Registration Type

Photographer – Pay in Full, Photographer – Payment Plan


  • Price: $2195 –
  • Early Bird Pay in Full $1895 saves $300! 
  • Price includes:
    • The MPA team personally educates and photographs with you!
    • Sunset and Nights of shooting with instruction. 
    • All tour planning/Guiding
    • Park Permits
    • Snacks and Water. 
    • Transportation on tour
  • Price DOES NOT include:
    • Transportation to and from Moab, UT (United serves Moab. Grand Junction and Salt Lake City are other closest airports) 
    • Hotel or RV/Camp or accommodations.
    •  Each location is set, and you will be given a list of who to contact to reserve your Hotel, RV site, or Tent/ Cabin if you prefer. 
    • Recommended Trip Insurance
    • Personal Expenses
      • Such as meals, room service, alcohol, or beverages

Base itinerary

Moab with Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

August 10th –  Arrive – 6 pm Welcome Meeting, and then first night session!  
August 11th – Sunset and Stars session 
August 12th – Sunset and Stars session

 Monument Valley

August 13th  –  Travel and Sunset Session
August 14th –   Sunrise/ Break/Sunset and Stars
August 15th  –  Depart back to Moab

*Each day will present various photographic opportunities. Based on several factors, each day will be flexible to where we go and what we photograph. This keeps everything fresh and exciting! Depending on time, light, weather etc, we also try to work in an editing and image review session! 


We will send out information on the hotel we will be using as a base. 


  • Toby Gelston
  • Steve Scurich

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

Tour Pack

Please download the Tour Packet from the link below when it becomes available.  Much of the information contained in this packet is also available under the Tour Prep page here on the website. However, this packet will also include some gear and other specifics for this tour. 

Moab 2023 Tour Pack


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