A Camper Jeep Road Trip of Classics Through the Lenses

French photographer Eric LeGo is an African Savanna aficionado with a portfolio that will make you apply for a Kenyan visa within the hour. But the American West also has its aura and reputation for being photogenic. Invited by his friend Julien, a Utah transplant, they set off for two weeks on a Jeep Safari, chasing the some of the most grandiose sceneries and pittoresque encounters.

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Salt Lake City is a direct flight from Paris, Heathrow and Amsterdam allowing our European friends to maximize their trip.

After a good first night in Salt Lake City, Eric was on the road the next morning and in Yellowstone National Park that same afternoon, eager to see his first American National Park. Yellowstone and Grand Teton are worth several days of exploration, especially for photographers working optimally with morning and late afternoon daylight. Your subjects will go from mountain to unique and renowned geyser sceneries to impressive wildlife. Outside the parks, to the north, you can admire manmade infrastructure and get a glimpse of the history of the region by taking the Beartooth Highway scenic drive, one of the top 10 scenic drives in the Northern Rockies, and visiting Red Lodge, Montana where you can relive the past by walking the streets and reading about the history of many original buildings.

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 6.35.44 PMThe other set of classics being in Southern Utah, Eric and Julien came back to Salt Lake City for a mid-trip urban treat, on their way to trading granite mountains for infamous red rock. Utah is home to 5 National Parks all located within a day’s drive and as if it weren’t enough, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon can easily be added to a road trip loop. These destinations can get very popular in the summer but with a Jeep, you can literally get off the beaten path, avoid the summer crowds and get your own unique photographic memories.

Eric wanted to sample everything so they went for the big loop in a week. It was a bit too quick to get all the classic shots but they were able to get some like the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands. The biggest challenge of such a trip is to stick to the itinerary and timeline. Because these sites are close enough to each other, it’s tempting to combine them in a single trip, but you don’t have to; they are each worth multiple trips.

Eric will be back, he’s already planning on it.

There are a lot of online resources related to this itinerary. We’d also be happy to help you create your itinerary. You can email us at info@canyonrecreation.com