Workshops and Base Camp Trips

Chuska Mountains, Workshop and Base Camp

May 14–20, 2017

The Four Corners area of the Southwest is one of the most spectacular and interesting regions in the United States. At the common meeting point of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, tributaries of the Colorado River carved intricate canyons through colorful, stratified sandstone. 

Our base camp is located near Cove, Arizona on the east side of the Chuska Mountains and west of Shiprock, at a summer camp owned by the family of Harry Walters. Now semi-retired, Harry was head of the Navaho Studies Department and Director of the Hatathli Museum at the Navaho Community College in Tsaile, Arizona. His family will be our hosts for the week. The Workshop and Base Camp will emphasize native American culture, natural history, and photography. We will spend the week exploring the surrounding desert and mountain canyons and hiking daily from our base camp; throughout the week, we will be learning about Native American prehistory and history, as well as Navaho culture today. 

Instruction will be informal, and the trip will be suitable for anyone interested in Native American culture, natural history, and photography. Good physical condition and an ability to hike in dry and uneven terrain is necessary. 

Springtime is beautiful in the Chuska Mountains.  Be prepared for warm as well as cool temperatures.  Food is provided from Sunday dinner on May the 11th to lunch on the following Saturday.  In addition to myself as leader and photography instructor, the staff includes Harry Walters and our cooks 

The trip cost is $1300 for the week. For a reservation, send in a non-refundable deposit of $300, with the balance due March 1st.  After I receive your deposit, I will send you a departure bulletin with more specific details about the trip including suggestions for equipment and appropriate advance readings. In case of cancellations, refunds will be up to my discretion, depending on my ability to fill your space. I know this will be a popular trip and there will be limited space, so make your reservation soon.  If you have any questions, please write, or phone.  I hope to hear from you soon.

31700 Owl Road
Eugene, Oregon 97405
Phone: (541) 344-3497



Gary at the Chuska Base Camp