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Death Valley National Park with Michael E. Gordon (Travel Workshop)

  • March 22, 2023
    12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • March 23, 2023
    5:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • March 24, 2023
    5:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • March 25, 2023
    5:30 am - 12:00 pm

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© Photo by Michael E. Gordon


March 22-25, 2023 – SOLD OUT


IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration is REQUIRED by February 8, 2023 to guarantee lodging at Stovepipe Wells Village. In-Park lodging availability cannot be guaranteed after February 8, 2023. Camping is an option if rooms are sold out. Additional lodging/camping details will be provided upon request and/or registration.

Death Valley National Park is a desert wonderland of immense scale, beauty and power. Its 3.3 million acres, the vast majority of which are roadless wilderness, encompass a staggering array of landscapes, unique geologic formations and colorful vistas. The largest National Park in the contiguous United States, Death Valley is both beautiful to behold and rich in history, mood and mystique. Its towering sand dunes, seasonally snow-capped mountains, warm springs and vast empty valleys offer endless opportunity for exploration and ample subject matter for the creative artist. There’s no place on Earth quite like it.

Internationally acclaimed landscape photographer Michael E. Gordon has carefully selected some of the park’s most photogenic locations for this workshop, where outstanding photographic opportunities will be joined with inspirational, creative, and technical discussions. Michael works individually with all students to address their technical and creative challenges. This will be an intensive adventure! Expect pre-dawn starts, late finishes, outstanding locations, and great fun and camaraderie.


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March 22-25, 2023. We will meet for orientation at 12 pm the afternoon of Wednesday, March 22, in Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley. Our first full workshop day is Thursday, March 23, and we will conclude around midday Saturday, March 25. (Please note exact meeting times may vary.)


$845 tuition; $100 deposit (The balance is due six weeks prior to the start date. Please call 323-464-0909 to pay the balance.)


A $100 deposit is required to reserve space in the workshop. The balance is due six weeks prior to the start date. Refund requests arriving six weeks or greater before the start date will result in loss of deposit. Refund requests arriving four to six weeks prior to the start date will result in a 50% loss of the workshop fee. No refunds will be provided for requests arriving less than four weeks prior to the start date. All refund requests must be submitted in writing via email to


All instruction and location guiding. A trip checklist to assist with preparations will be sent before the workshop begins. The workshop is provided under a Commercial Use Authorization from Death Valley National Park.


Nation Park entrance fee ($15-$55 per person depending on mode:, airfare, lodging, car rentals, camping gear (if camping), camera gear, and meals are not included, nor are any items of a personal nature. Participants will be required to transport themselves to and from our meeting location at Stovepipe Wells, California (in Death Valley National Park).


Limited to 11 participants


This workshop is designed to accommodate all camera formats and all skill levels. Our goal is to introduce you to the beauty and diversity of Death Valley and to help you advance your photography through creative personal expression.


Participants must provide their own transportation and camera equipment. A suggested gear list and other workshops details are provided after registration. Participants should be in good physical condition and should be able to comfortably walk 4+ miles each day on uneven terrain (short but steep sand hills, rocky washes, and occasional natural rock steps which may require the use of hands for balance). An SUV or other rugged high-clearance vehicle is recommended (we will be driving dirt and gravel roads) and carpooling to our locations within the Park is required and will be orchestrated daily by Michael.


December and March can be quite pleasant in Death Valley National Park. While the floor or Death Valley may see daytime temperatures in the mid to high 80’s, higher elevations are 15-20 degrees cooler. Sunny skies are the norm in Death Valley, but storms can bring cloud cover and rain. Wind is common in the desert and dust storms can suddenly blow up with approaching cold fronts.

Layered clothing is recommended to more easily adapt to the temperature extremes we may encounter. Good outdoor walking shoes are required, and please bring a range of outdoor-worthy clothing that will keep you comfortable in temperatures of low 40’s to mid-80’s. Be sure to bring a good hat with wide brim and lots of sunscreen!


Our lodging is at Stovepipe Wells Village ( Rooms have been blocked for this workshop, but you are responsible for registration and payment. You will be provided full lodging details upon workshop registration. Camping is also available for those who prefer this option:


Anticipate a 4-5 hour travel time (about 250-275 miles) to Stovepipe Wells from the greater Los Angeles area and a 3 hour travel time from Las Vegas.


You are responsible for all your own meals/snacks during the trip. A recommended food and gear list will be provided to all workshop participants. Anticipate breakfast and lunch on-the-go and optional group dinners at the Tollroad Restaurant in Stovepipe Wells Village (open 7am-9pm). Stovepipe Wells also has a small General Store with food, beverages, gifts, and gasoline.


We take the risk of COVID-19 very seriously. Death Valley National Park remains open to visitors and photography workshops are permitted to proceed. In order to ensure everyone safety, we follow C.D.C. guidelines and require that a face mask be worn during all indoor workshop activities and anytime you are within six feet of another person. Practically speaking, this means that masks will be required during our indoor session on the first day, and when in the field, we will advise you of appropriate safety measures given the nature of the place, the nature of the activity, and the prevailing conditions (e.g. whether in an enclosed canyon or out in the open air). If you wish to enjoy mask-free shooting or walking, we urge that you maintain a safe distance from fellow participants and any other park visitors. As we sometimes gather around in the field for various purposes, we ask that you have a mask with you during all field sessions and that you wear it when instructed. Bottled hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be on hand for your safety. For your ultimate protection, we recommend that you carry your own virus safety kit and keep it with you at all times.


Please contact Michael Gordon by email – – or telephone (562) 201-0856.


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Originally aired in Japan in April 2015, Michael is one of four Death Valley experts featured in the NHK Great Nature (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) “Death Valley” feature-length documentary film ( Stay tuned to the NHK World website ( for the U.S. airing.

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