Phillips Photography Tours - Day Tours

Phillips Photography Tours - Day Tours

Phillips Photography Tours - Day Tours
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A photographer’s guide in providing the best photography tours in Monument Valley, Utah and its surrounding areas such as Mystery Valley and Hunt's Mesa Overnight Tour. Monument Valley and Mystery Valley tours consist of photographing Anasazi ruins, arches, petroglyphs and iconic Western movie settings. It is a cultural tour as well sharing with you our Navajo heritage and our connection to our land.
Monument Valley, Utah

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2024

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Roam660984
Saint Louis, MO4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Our group of 3 people all thought the sunset tour of Monument Valley was wonderful. The leader was Carlos and we appreciate that the groups are kept small, if not private as ours was. Plus it was in an enclosed vehicle as opposed to the open air type of vehicle and took roads far back in the park where no public access is allowed. He offered personal knowledge and bits of Navajo culture along with photographic tips to "get the best shot". He followed a path to get the best light on the formations, while explaining them and did not rush us taking photos. We totally enjoyed the experience and recommend this tour, even if you are not a photographer. We wished we could have taken the sunrise tour, but sunset was a great second choice.
Written October 13, 2021
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Joanna P
Naperville, IL75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The Phillips Photography Monument Valley Tours were fantastic, and we will do it again in the future. My husband and I went on the sunrise tour on the first day. Our guide, Carlos was excellent. We departed the View Hotel early morning. The weather was not good, with a lot of clouds, and fog. But Carlos assured us, that the valley looks different. My husband is a great photographer, and I went as a non-photographer. We took night sky photos with the monuments, then we took sunrise beautiful photos at the perfect spot at the perfect time! The next day we had two more tours, again in the morning for the sunrise, this time with Carl and in the afternoon- sunset tour to the Sacred Monument with Carlos. Carl was a great teacher; his guidance was helpful, and he took us to different spots than Carlos. Carl and Carlos told us about the Navajo, their culture, the history of the area, and the geology. Phillips brothers knew all the best photo locations for each time of the morning, the afternoon, or at the night and they took us to some wonderful photo spots that normal tourists can't access without a guide. We stopped to see inside a Hogan and talk with a Navajo woman making a blanket. But the most surprising and amazing moment was listening to Carl singing the chant. We will definitely book another future tour with the Phillips brothers, this time we will add a nighttime tour at a different time of the year. I highly recommend this tour for all levels of photographers. It was all great.
Written November 23, 2021
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kmz88
Plon, Germany390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We took a whole day tour. This included the Monument valley scenic drive, backcountry drives in monument valley and mystery valley tour. Our guide arrived ahead of time, and called us to let us know where he is. The two of us were the only people in the tour. It was a nice and relaxed tour. We saw a lot of amazing places - most of the time, we had the whole place to ourselves, especially after we left the 17 mile scenic drive. Our guide played the traditional flute for us at one of the spots and it was very melodious.
Written December 6, 2021
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OntarioCanuck1
Georgetown, Canada4,135 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I was very disappointed by this photography tour.. guide was friendly, nice guy, and on time at 6 am, had some information and took us to the basic areas and drove well, but this was a sunrise PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR. That is why I booked it and got up before 6 am to see the best photographic sites at sunrise and perhaps get advice on photographing areas! At sunrise we waited at the totem pole for the sun to come up, but we were located was in the wrong place to see it. After setting up and waiting for a long time in the cold (guide was in the truck with heat on) our guide eventually could see the sunrise was not going to be visible where we were he did taken us. He did then take us to see it but was late getting there, although another tour had been there for awhile.
Although the guide is not expected to be an expert on photography he had no suggestions on things photography like how to get a sunstar. Ironically the guide of another group suggested I do it by changing my fstop.
This was an acceptable basic tour of the area but it was advertised as a photographic tour at sunrise, I believe at a higher rate. It was not a photography tour.
Written November 19, 2022
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Jolene K
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Bernard was our guide for the half-day photography tour of Monument Valley. He was fantastic--very patient with our many questions about Navajo culture and traditions. We captured great morning light and saw places we'd never be able to find or access ourselves. He even treated us to a beautiful flute solo under an arch that looks like an amphitheater. We learned so much and had a delightful morning, highly recommend.
Written October 4, 2021
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wwlowe
New Jersey63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Phillips Photography Tour was flexible with rescheduling due to a snow storm and the park being closed. We finally made the tour on our last day and it was worth it. Carlos was our driver and guide and he was knowledgeable about where to photograph to capture the best light.

The tour took place 6:30 to 9:30 am and we rode in a Chevy Suburban. Both car and driver handled the rough roads really well. Carlos was familiar with the terrain and took us to places we would never have known about or want to drive there ourselves. He also stopped whenever we saw something to photograph and gave suggestions on composition etc. Fluent in English and Navajo, he is a valuable resource bridging both cultures. It was a worthwhile experience and we highly recommend for anyone interested in photographing landscapes.

The best way to book a tour is through their website and to call them directly if you have questions. We hope to come back a different time of year (Carlos suggested October for great light) and go with them again.
Written January 9, 2024
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Idaho
Idaho307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Phillips Photography Tours provided me with three great tours: I ran the menu with them doing a sunrise, day, and evening tour over two days. All were excellent and led either by Carl or Carlos.

Carl and Carlos are local to the Monument area, they know the area very, very well. Also, and this is something to think about since you are in a car/jeep, they are both excellent off-road drivers!

Each tour had it's highlights and points of interest that Carl or Carlos pointed out. With Carl we were gifted during the evening tour with some wild horses who trotted into our area.

The guides were respectful in asking what I was looking to photograph as well as providing good conversation during the tour.

I will use their services again. My advice is to try and do the sunrise and evening tours as this is when the lighting is the best. Also do a bit a research on what Monument Valley is and what areas are of interest to you.

P.S. Bring a tripod if you do the sunrise tour.
Written September 26, 2021
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LEE7688
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Carlos was a wonderful guide. I was appreciative of the history and stories that he shared about his life and his culture. He was great about pointing out compositions, but honestly, his stories and the information about the Navajo people and history are what would make me book with them again. It was a beautiful morning and if you are traveling solo I would highly recommend booking with this tour company. Quality over quantity is the impression I got while talking with him, and that makes a world of difference when experiencing a new place. He was also helpful with suggestions of other things to do in the area, which was a nice way to finish my time here.
Written January 30, 2024
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Savannah
La Habra, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
My friend and I booked a trip with Carlos and the experience was incredible! We were actually rather late as we forgot about the time change driving into Utah, so we called to cancel and Carlos completely worked around our schedule and still gave us a tour. He showed us all the great picture spots for sunset and I pestered him about his tribe’s stories and his experiences. Very dynamic and unforgettable experience. Highly recommend booking with him. One of my favorite tour experiences by far.
Written July 28, 2021
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David C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
We traveled to Monument Valley to see the amazing rock formations and incredible skies, night and day. I am an avid photographer and the Phillips Photography tour seemed to be a good fit for our interests. We chose a sunrise tour that actually gave us the opportunity to see the valley during the night pre-sunrise (amazing stars) and the early hours of sunrise and the early morning hours as well. Our guide was Carl Phillips. Both my wife and I can’t say enough positive about this tour and about Carl. Carl was friendly and absolutely perfect for advising where to stand, which direction to look and even what focal length would best capture the view. He was also engaging with my wife, (not a photographer) revealing really interesting facts about the place. Our strongest recommendation would be to go to monument valley and select one of Phillips Photography Tours for an unforgettable experience! Take your camera and tripod with as wide angle a lens as you can get and trust Carl to take absolutely great care of you and show you spectacular sights! If there was a way to give him a higher rating, we would do it.
Written October 16, 2021
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