Guided Photography Tours & Private Photo Tours in White Sands

Photographer at sunset - White Sands National Park

Unique White Gypsum Sand Dune Landscapes

Located in southern New Mexico and in the northern Chihuahuan Desert, White Sands became New Mexico’s newest National Park in 2019.

Known for its dramatic landscapes of unique white gypsum sand dunes, the photographic possibilities are endless here. Capture solitary yucca plants surrounded by wind swept white sand for rich texture and patterns, frame your landscape featuring endless mounds of dunes with mountain backdrops, or capture magical sunrise and sunset shots (requires a special permit which we can get with advance notice).

While a popular location, you can get unobstructed views a short distance away from many spots along the road.

Lone flowering yucca on edge of sand dune - White Sands National Park

Isolated yucca plant with mountain views

Lone flowering yucca against alpenglow sky over distant mountains

Yucca against the alpenglow New Mexico sky

View the yucca and texture in the sand - White Sands National Park

Yucca surrounded by wind blown sand patterns

View the yucca and wind patterns in sand at sunset - White Sands National Park

Yucca surrounded by wind blown sand patterns at sunset

Sunset over New Mexico's Organ Mountains - White Sands National Park

Variety of plants grow in the dunes

White Sand Dunes in Southern New Mexico

Expansive view of the White Sands landscape


Exclusive to you or your small group with more individual attention

Tailored to your photo preferences, fitness level and appetite for adventure

Expert logistics, location knowledge, technical and creative guidance

Greater flexibility with dates than a regular workshop

Options to team up with reputable adventure guides for a truly unique photo experience

Led by photography guides based in Taos and with over 15 years experience photographing Taos and Northern New Mexico



Can be up to four participants all from the same party. We do not mix clients from different parties on private tours.

Not all people in your party have to be photographers. We regularly take non-photographer companions and family members.

Start and end times vary depending on time of year and are determined upon booking.

A detailed recommended camera equipment and suggested clothing list and custom itinerary will be sent to registered participants via email shortly after booking.


1. Complete the form found at the “BOOK WHITE SANDS TOUR” button below with your preferred tour dates to verify we have no other conflicts on your desired date(s).

2. As we may be traveling on the road or out on a shoot at the moment, we will be contacting you either by phone or email within 48 hours of receipt of your form to discuss your request.

3. Once an available date is confirmed, a deposit link will be emailed to you so you can reserve your tour date by making a 25% deposit. Payment can be made via credit card through PayPal (no PayPal account required), check, or money order.

4. Final payment is due 60 days prior to your reserved start date.


Fee includes:

Michael as your guide, instructor and motivator

Transportation to and from your lodging in Las Cruces or Albuquerque

Pre-tour logistics

Recommendations for accommodations and tour itinerary

2 hour pre-trip presentation or constructive critique


The Daily Fee does not include:

Your Meals


Personal expenses

Entrance and locations fees

Third-party guide and charter transportation fees

Additional tour logistics, like lodging, third-party guides, and charters, can be, and often are, arranged by us. The costs to secure these amenities will be itemized and added to the total cost of your package.


PAYMENT TERMS: A 25% non-refundable reservation deposit applied towards the total trip cost is due at registration to secure your trip dates. Final payments are due 60 day prior to private tour start date.


Cancellations made prior to 60 days of tour's start date will receive a refund of all amounts paid to date except for the initial 25% non-refundable deposit.

Cancellations made within 60 days of the tour's start date will receive a refund of all amounts paid to date minus the initial 25% non-refundable deposit and any non-refundable deposits made to secure additional venues (such as lodging facilities or charter companies).

In the event you are unable to make your initial date, we will work with you to reschedule without forfeiture of your non-refundable deposit although we understand rescheduling is not always possible due to both parties schedules. Please note that 5% of the non-refundable deposit will not be applied towards a future booking to cover administrative costs.

Active Photo Tours and DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC are not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets or lodging arrangements you made in the event of you or anyone in your group had to cancel. You may want to invest in trip insurance to cover these circumstances. We highly suggest TravelGuard® or similar travel insurance policies to assist you in case of last minute plan changes and emergencies.

Questions about a private photo tour in White Sands? We're happy to help so ask away!


For camera clubs and corporate groups of more than four, please contact us below for custom quotes and packages.


Guided Photography Tours & Private Photo Tours in White Sands

DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC

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