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Photographing the Southwest Vol.1 Southern Utah 3rd Edition Updates

The list of contributors has an incorrect entry for John Stottlemyer's web site. The correct url is

On page 202 in the directions for the Rochester Panel, "Milepost 18" should read Milepost 16...

On page 199, the image of the Head of Sinbad pictograph was accidentally flipped horizontally. The correct orientation of the pictograph can be seen of the image at the bottom of page 205.

On page 237 "From its junction with UT-95 about 6.3 miles EAST of US 191" should be WEST of US 191...

On page 259, Directions for the Horse Panel should read: Turn on Navajo Twins Road, continue one quarter mile past the Twin Rocks Café and turn on Calf Canyon Road (signed). Follow it for one half mile to the car park.

On page 293 though 295, "Around Monitor & Merrimack" section, UT-313 is incorrectly (and repeatedly) spelled UT-331.

Near the bottom of page 350 in the directions for the Beef Basin, the waypoint is incorrect. It should read 37°54'21" 109°47'27".

Photographing the Southwest Vol.2 Arizona 3rd Edition Updates

General: Intro pages as well as chapters 1, 19, 21, 22, ratings and Index are incorrectly labeled "Vol. 1" on to.

Photographing California Vol.2 South Updates

On page 5, title in red box on top of page should read 'Introduction' instead of 'Table of Contents'. The Table of Contents was merged with the Ratings on page 308.

On page 128 in the 'Getting There' section for Panamint Dry Lake, the travel direction from Panamint Springs should be east, instead of west.

On page 306 in the 'Getting There' section, the Sunrise Highway is incorrectly called Sunset Highway.

Photographing the Southwest Vol.2 Arizona 2nd Edition Updates

General: The "America the Beautiful" Pass supersedes the previous National Park Pass.

Little Colorado River: A small fee is now charged to enter.

Toroweap: The track deteriorates badly for the 5 miles past the Tuweep ranger station and the last two miles are on very rough slickrock, with some moderate steps in places. From here on, high-clearance is required and 4WD is recommended.

Grand Canyon West: As of this writing, you’ll have to pay a fee of $49 to see the viewpoints and the Skywalk. Walking on the Skywalk proper will cost you an additional $25. The Skywalk is not extending over the canyon as far as the brochures would lead you to believe and the view is over a side canyon. Photography is strictly prohibited on the Skywalk (you will even be searched prior to entering). Cameras must be checked in lockers, for a fee!

Sedona: If you have an "America the Beautiful" Interagency Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass or Volunteer Pass from the National Park or U.S. Forest Service, you do not have to purchase a Red Rock Pass for many, but not all, sites of Red Rock Country. Just place one of these cards in view on your windshield. The three exceptions are: Call O' The Canyon (West Fork trailhead), Crescent Moon, and Grasshopper Point.

Sedona/Call O' The Canyon (West Fork trailhead), Crescent Moon, and Grasshopper Point: Your Red Rock Pass is not valid for these three areas. A new pass, called the “Big Three Pass,” is now being offered for $18, giving you free access for one week to these three locations. Daily passes continue to be available for each individual location. Admission has been reduced to $9 and remains at $8 for Grasshopper.

Sedona/Munds Mountain: The beginning of the Schnebly Hill Road is paved for about a mile, but the remaining section to the Vista is no longer graded; it has become very rocky and hard on the tires and it is no longer suitable to passenger cars.

Sedona/Fay Canyon: To reach Fay Canyon from Boynton Canyon, drive back about 0.2 mile to the last junction leading to the resort and continue southwest on FR 152C aka Boynton Pass Road for about 0.5 mile. This road is now paved and accessible to passenger cars. Park on the left side for the trailhead to Fay Canyon (# 53).

Sedona/Doe & Bear Mountain: Back on FR 152C, continue southwest on the paved road for 0.7 mile and park to the left at the car park serving both Doe Mountain Trail and Bear Mountain Trail, just before the road becomes unpaved.

Palatki: Officially, Palatki must be seen by reservation, but you may show up at the site and you'll get in if there is room.

Petrified Forest: Page 153 4th paragraph, read Chinde Point instead of Chinle Point in the Painted Desert description.

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park: New hours of operation are from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Park is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Hope Arch: A reader found an easier way. Go .9 miles north on US 191 from the traffic light in Chinle. Make a left turn on to Indian Route 8090 (the second road on the left after the shopping center), and follow it for 9 miles until you get to the power lines. From there, turn right onto the two-track trail along the power lines, until you get to another trail that crosses the trail and turn left. Go due west for 1 mile, stopping at the slick rock at the end of the trail. Monument Valley: As of this writing, the self-guided Scenic Drive opens at 7 AM in summer (i.e. from May to September) and at 8 AM during the other months. It closes at 8:30 PM in summer (4:30 PM during the other months).

Antelope Canyon: To access the site, leave Page southeast via Coppermine Road (and not Copperhead as erroneously written).

Antelope Canyon: The $6 backcountry permit fee is deductible from the Lower Antelope Canyon fee. At the gate, you may also purchase a permit for Water Holes Canyon.

Antelope Canyon/Upper: A 2-hour limit is now imposed on photography tours at Upper Antelope Canyon.

Antelope Canyon/Lower: A 4-hour limit is officially in effect. However, it is not enforced in wintertime.

Water Holes Canyon: For a fee of $5 as of this writing, you can purchase a Navajo backcountry permit at the gate of the Antelope Canyon tribal park to visit nearby Water Holes Canyon.

Water Holes Canyon: Access to the lower part of the canyon is currently off-limits.

Coyote Buttes North: The web site for permits to the Wave is currently:

Coyote Buttes North/New rules: As of this writing, you can enter the lottery three months in advance to obtain a permit for some of the ten slots available online each day. For a $5 fee, you can apply for up to three entry dates for any given month. If you are planning a trip less than three months in advance, begin by checking the calendar on the permit page to see if some slots are still available. This is more likely to happen during the winter months.
If you couldn’t reserve a date on the Internet and are vacationing in the area, there is still a glimmer of hope: you can try to obtain a walk-in permit. The total number of permits varies by group size, but there is a total of twenty slots per day, ten permits being issued online as previously described and the other ten being issued as walk-in permits. Traveling as a group—a maximum of six per group is allowed—further diminishes your chances of finding your date of choice. Be ready to make some major scheduling concessions.
You can obtain a walk-in permit at the Paria Ranger Station from mid-March to mid-November, seven days a week. The station is located on US 89, about 30 miles from Page and 43 miles from Kanab, near milepost 21. From mid-November to mid-March, permits can be obtained at the BLM Kanab Field Office (see Resources in Appendix), five days a week. In both cases, you need to be there at 9AM MST (or 9AM DST in summer), but the drawing is not first come, first served. If there are ten persons or less seeking permits, you will be issued one for the next day; however; if all ten permits were not issued the previous day, a same day permit may be available. Competition is fierce during the warmer months and it is not unusual to see fifty bodies vying for the highly-prized permits. Someone reported counting 80 people on a recent June 08 day. If you’ve been lucky enough to obtain a walk-in permit, you may not participate in the drawing for another two weeks. Permits cost $5 per person as of this writing.

Coyote Buttes South: Permits can be reserved on the web at the same URL as for Coyote Buttes North (see above link). An additional 10 slots are also available as walk-in permits from the Paria Ranger Station on US 89 or fron the BLM office in Kanab, depending on the season.

White Pocket: There is no longer a windmill at Poverty Flats. The BLM seems intent on removing the ranch there, for reasons yet unknow.

Photographing the Southwest Vol.3 Colorado/New Mexico Updates

Garden of the Gods, CO: page116; If you take the Dakota trail to the north, the top of the hogback to your left is separated from the trail by a fence which has a dozen no trespassing signs hanging on it. So, the viewpoint is no longer available.

Photographing Oregon Updates

Extremely dry conditions in the Pacific Northwest coupled with seasonal lightning strikes have caused numerous wildfires all across the state this summer.  When making travel and shooting plans, be sure to check the websites of the respective government agencies for updates on conditions and road closures. The latest wildfire information is available at

The Toketee Falls Trail in Umpqua National Forest has been repaired and is now open again. (Chapter 6 pg 116-117).

The Portland Classical Chinese Garden has been "rebranded Lan Su Chinese Garden. They now offer a $150 annual photography membership offering special privileges. See for details.

Directions to Larwood Bridge, page 127. The last sentence should say "Turn right...".

pg 44-45 - Multiple landslides have taken out the trail that goes out to Ecola Point. It is still possible to capture the classic sweep from Crescent Beach to Haystack Rock, and a new viewing platform has been constructed near the point where the trail washed away.

pg. 45 - Gary's Service Station no longer sells gasoline. The only place gas is available in the immediate area is Cannon Beach RV Park, on the east side of Hwy 101 at the south end of town.

pages 153-155: In December, 2016, a series of slides along the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge have caused major changes on this popular hike. A bridge washout has closed the trail above Punchbowl Falls, meaning Tunnel Falls is currently inaccessible. It will likely be late summer 2017 at the earliest before repairs are made. More significantly to most photographers, the entire viewpoint for Metlako Falls now rests at the bottom of the canyon, and there is now no place to get a decent photo of this iconic waterfall. Let’s hope that Mount Hood National Forest prioritizes repairs for this location.

The index lists Newberry NVM to be on pages 232-234. It’s actually on 230–232.

Photographing Washington Updates

Extremely dry conditions in the Pacific Northwest coupled with seasonal lightning strikes have caused numerous wildfires all across the state this summer.  When making travel and shooting plans, be sure to check the websites of the respective government agencies for updates on conditions and road closures. The latest wildfire information is available at

Page 28, second paragraph: the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center is no longer open year-round. It is open daily in summer, Friday thru Sunday in the off-season and closed January/February. Hours vary according to the season. More info can be found at

Page 34, first paragraph: the Wilderness Information Center is in Port Angeles, not Port Townsend

Page 74, Van Lierop's Bulb Farm, mentioned as a Nearby Location, is no longer growing flowers and the owner is trying to sell the property to a developer. Too bad, as this site provided a very nice view of Mount Rainier.

Page 87, third paragraph says: "No reservations are available on the San Juan Island routes". However, it is now possible to make reservations for ferry travel between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands.

Page 167, third paragraph: the lakes are sparkling, not sparking.

Page 220, second paragraph: The first sentence should begin "Climbing steadily in the first mile or so, it is mind boggling trying to imagine the power of the eruption…"

Page 227 - the mountain in the background on David M. Cobb's photo of Goat Rocks is Mt. Rainier, not Mt. Adams.

Pages 234-236, as of 8/15/15, a fire burning on the southern flanks of Mt. Adams is likely to wipe out Bird Creek Meadows

Page 243, last paragraph: there should be a period between "…unusual segmented waterfall" and "Look carefully…"

Page 285, The Palouse: The barn on the east side of Glendale Road collapsed sometime in the past couple of years. Two really nice barns to add: one two miles east of the town of Colfax on Highway 272 (morning light is best) and one on Shawnee Road at Highway 195 south of Colfax (afternoon light).

Photographing the Southwest Vol.1 Southern Utah 2nd Edition Updates

Arches Nat'l Park: Wall Arch is no more. It collapsed sometime during the night of August 5 to 6, 2008.

Coyote Gulch: The distance from Redwell trailhead to the river is about 13 miles and 12 miles from the Hurricane trailhead. The roundtrip hike is 24-25 miles, depending on the trailhead selected. A previous print run incorrectly listed 23 and 50 miles, respectively, as the distances.

Canyonlands Nat'l Park, Island in the Sky District, Aztec Butte: Part of the wall of the granary in the main Aztec Butte Ruin has collapsed and it is not nearly as photogenic as before. Judging by the footprints, it is believed that someone had tried to enter the opening and perhaps got stuck or just used the wall for leverage. The Park Service policy is not to rebuild once a structure collapses.

Wahweap Hoodoos: The alternate route (BLM 431) getting you within less than a mile from the hoodoos is permanently closed. The only way to the Wahweap Hoodoos is now the long (but easy) slug from the Big Water area.Wahweap Hoodoos: .

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