Bisti/De-Na-Zin Photography Workshop - June 2024

      Bisti/De-Na-Zin, New Mexico

      3 reviews
      Jun 2 - 4, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 10
      Bisti/De-Na-Zin Photography Workshop - June 2024
      Bisti/De-Na-Zin, New Mexico

      3 reviews

      Jun 2 - 4, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 10

      About this trip

      Join Erica and Armando from Tamron Americas, alongside guide Kialo Winters of Navajo Tours USA, on an amazing photography workshop in the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness. Located in the San Juan Basin in northwest New Mexico, the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is home to incredible rock formations made of sandstone, coal, shale, and silt. Through weathering, the rock landscape became sculpted into the beautiful formations we seek out to photograph.  During this workshop we will be guided through remote locations of the Bisti Badlands to photograph highlights such as the Valley of Dreams, the Giant Mushroom, the Egg Hatchery, and more, during sunsets, blue hours, sunrises, and dark night skies.

      Traveling with Navajo Tours USA, we are invited to learn indigenous history, and share in a human experience. We stress here how important it is to be respectful of both our guides and the land we are being shown. We will tread with safety, and practice "leave no trace".

      Your Tamron Staff:

      Erica Robinson  (Technical Representative) has 13 years of photography experience and a degree in the Arts. Erica has worked as a wedding photographer in Boston, a cruise-line photographer, and provided technical knowledge through a local camera store. Becoming a proficient world traveler, she focuses on travel photography and storytelling, providing education through workshops and inspiring others to accomplish their photography goals. Her photos can be found at Erica Robinson Photo

      Armando Flores (Technical Representative) interests in photography started back in high school, with a 35mm film camera. He studied photojournalism in college and worked at a camera store to support his photo habit. Photography enabled him to travel while attending large media events where he met many interesting people. He photographed professional sports for over 17 years and loves being at the forefront of new technology. He is passionate about lending a hand to the aspiring photographer.

      Your Guides:

      Kialo Winters 

      Kialo is Diné and Zia. He lives on the Navajo reservation with his wife and three children. He worked as a classroom teacher for 15 years. He spends his free time with friends and family. He enjoys photography, biking and running. He has a Bachelor's degree in Education. More details about, Kialo,  and his team at, Navajo Tours USA, can be found here

      Gilbert Tsinnajinnie

      Gilbert Tsinnajinnie is Diné and Zia. He has extensive experience in community agricultural planning. He works as a consultant to community agricultural groups throughout the Navajo reservation. He has an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Central New Mexico college.

      Physical Activity

      This workshop has a higher level of required physical activity than others. Although hiking experience is not required, we will be walking anywhere from 2-5 miles per day on rocky terrain, carrying our own personal camera equipment, and at a higher-than-average elevation. You know yourself best, so please come prepared for an active event! Below you will see the daily activity details:

      Day 1: 2.5 Miles ; 6,198’ elevation ; 193’ elevation gain

      Day 2: 5 miles ; 5,771' elevation ; 65’ elevation gain

      Day 3: TBD miles ; 5,492’ elevation ; 93’ elevation gain 

      Points of Interest


      If arriving early into the Farmington area or staying past the workshop dates, we hope you enjoy all there is to explore in the area! Please be sure to research rules, restrictions, costs, permits if applicable and driving details. See suggestions listed below: 

      • Aztec Ruins National Monument (22 minutes from host hotel) 

      • Cox Canyon Arch (47 minutes from host hotel) 

      • Octopus Arch (40 minutes from host hotel) 

      • Navajo Lake State Park (40 minutes from host hotel) 

      • Aztec UFO Crash Site (40 minutes from host hotel) 

      • Salmon Ruins Museum (10 minutes from host hotel) 

      • Chaco Culture National Historic Park ( 1 hour 20 minutes from host hotel) 

      • Angel Peak Badlands Overlook (30 minutes from host hotel) 

      Weather and Safety



      Your enjoyment is our priority on this workshop which also means your safety is of the utmost importance to us. During this workshop we will be exploring some of the most beautiful areas in Navajo Nation, and to access these areas requires a higher physical fitness level. Each day of this workshop we will be on our feet for multiple hours, walking and hiking at an elevation potentially different than your homes natural altitude. At times there will be uneven terrain. Please see below: 

      Day 1: 2.5 Miles ; 6,198’ elevation ; 193’ elevation gain 

      Day 2: 5 miles ; 5,771 elevation’ ; 65’ elevation gain 

      Day 3: TBD miles ; 5,492’ elevation ; 93’ elevation gain 

      During photo sessions in low light and dark sky hours, please stay with the group and keep an eye on one another. You must notify one of the workshop leaders if you venture away from the group. Our wilderness tours will be lead by Kialo Winters of Navajo Tours USA. During the entirety of these tours we will be following “Leave-No-Trace” practices, leaving the land exactly how we visited. You must leave all ruins, rock art, and artifacts the way they were found. Please be advised there is little cell phone service in the hiking areas. 


      The average daily temperatures in New Mexico during the month of June vary from daytime highs of 85° (or higher) to nighttime lows of 60° (or lower). While rain is unlikely, weather can be unpredictable anywhere. Please be prepared for both rain and shine. *See Packing List on next page. 

      Packing List

      Equipment (*required):


      • *DSLR/Mirrorless Camera body with multiple batteries 

      • *Lenses : All focal lengths recommended - wide angle, normal, and telephoto. Tamron will be providing loaner lenses. For specific lens requests, please reach out to staff. 

      • *Tripod 

      • *Memory Cards 

      • *Flashlight and/or Headlamp 

      • *Sturdy, close-toed walking shoes 

      • *Daypack or easy-to-carry camera bag 

      • *Laptop to download and backup images 

      • Sensor cleaner 

      • Circular Polarizer and/or neutral density filters 

      • Wired or wireless remote shutter release 


      Dress for cool nights. Recommended: Rain jacket/shell, wind resistant layer, thick “Smartwool” style socks, thermal base layers, light gloves, light hat, “Buff” style neck warmer. 

      • Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen 


      During the workshop dates, transportation will be provided to and from our home base hotel location to all photography locations. We do not provide transportation to and from the airport, and do not provide transportation outside of the designated workshop dates. Should you choose to travel to the destination early or stay past the allotted workshop dates, you will be responsible for those accommodations and transportations. Contact the host hotel directly to add additional requests to your stay.

      Host Hotel:

      Home2 Suites by Hilton Farmington/ Bloomfield

      Address: 777 S.Browning Pkwy, Farmington, NM 87401

      Phone: (505) 325-1500


      Albuquerque International Sunport ABQ - ( Approx. 3 hour drive from Farmington NM) 

      Santa Fe Regional Airport SAF - (Approx. 3 hours and 10 minutes from Farmington NM) 

      Cancellation Policy

      We understand that schedules change and we hope to be as flexible as possible. Should you need to cancel your workshop please see details below for financial obligation:

      If cancelled 60 days or more prior to workshop start date - full refund

      If cancelled between 31 and 59 days prior to workshop start date - 50% refund

      If cancelled 30 days or less prior to the workshop start date - no refund

      All cancellations are subject to a $100 change fee. Should Tamron be able to fill your spot, change fee will be applied to a future workshop. Change fee cannot be transferred to another participant.

      What’s included

      • Welcome Dinner
        Our first collective meetup will be a welcome meal. This is a great opportunity to put faces to names, loan lenses, and ask questions.
      • Photography Instruction
        Erica and Armando will be available throughout the event for all photography related discussions.
      • Professional Guide
        On-location field guidance will be provided by Navajo Tours USA, Kialo Winters, and his team.
      • Loaner Lenses
        Each participant will have the opportunity to borrow Tamron lenses throughout the event. Please keep in mid that equipment is to be shared amongst the group.
      • Park Admission Fees
        Any fees required to enter Navajo Tribal Parks will be included.
      • Accommodations
        Hotel accommodations during the workshop dates are included.
      • Transportation
        Transportation to and from photography field locations are included. Please see further transportation details below.
      • Airfare
        Airfare is not included. Closest Airports: Albuquerque International Sunport ABQ and Santa Fe Regional Airport SAF.
      • Airport Transportation
        Participants are expected to provide their own transportation to and from host hotel at the beginning and end of workshop.
      • Alcoholic Beverages
        Tamron Americas does not provide alcoholic beverages.

      Available Packages

      Single Occupancy
      Available until April 2, 20248 left

      This booking is for a single occupancy registration.  Single occupancy registration is for individuals traveling and rooming alone.

      Deposit: $700
      Double Occupancy
      Available until May 3, 2024only 2 left

      This booking is for a two-person registration. Double occupancy registration is for those traveling as a pair, paying together, and sharing accommodations. If you must make payments separately, the second person's payment must be made through the "contributions" tab.

      PLEASE NOTE: When choosing this booking, you MUST select "2" as the amount in order for this booking to be processed correctly. Selecting "1" will result in an invalid number of registrations and only one of your two person registrations will be recorded.

      Deposit: $600


      Day 1 - June 2
      Welcome to the Bisti Badlands

      Welcome to the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness!

      Today, you will check in to the host hotel, we will meet for an early dinner to discuss the days ahead and loan lenses, and from there we will be guided into our first sunset, blue hour, and night skies photography session.  Please see below:

      3:00: Hotel check-in

      3:30: Meet & Greet Dinner (Location: Hotel conference room)

      Approx.  5:00: Leave for Blue hour & night skies photo sessions (50 

      Approx.  5:30PM-12:00AM: Blue hour & night skies photo sessions: Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness - Valley of Dreams, Alien Throne, Giant Mushroom, Sentinel 

      Host Hotel:

      Home2 Suites by Hilton Farmington/ Bloomfield

      Address: 777 S.Browning Pkwy, Farmington, NM 87401

      Phone: (505) 325-1500

      *Please note, itinerary times are subject to change due to weather and lighting conditions. Flexibility is important in order to photograph during the best opportunities. 

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      Such a good time meeting like-minded photographers and making new friends. The itinerary, organization, presentations and accommodations were all top notch. Thank you to everyone on the Tamron VIP Summit team!
      By Albert S for Tamron 2023 VIP Summit on Nov 04, 2023
      The Tamron staff were very gracious hosts. They generously shared their time and expertise. They organized the event in a way that encouraged the other participants to interact and get well acquainted. Food and accommodations throughout the event were excellent. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. The drivers on the various field trips were great. All in all this was a tremendous event. Tamron's hospitality and expression of appreciation for their loyal customers is unsurpassed.
      By John C for Tamron 2023 VIP Summit on Nov 03, 2023
      This was the most informative and fun I have ever had with a group of people that were freindly with the same interests as everyone else. The opertunities we all had were top notch and the accommodations were the best with great attention to detail in the entire time of our stay. All aspects of the VIP Summit could not have been better.
      By Edward K for Tamron 2023 VIP Summit on Oct 30, 2023