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2018 PSA Pre-Conference Photo Tours and Descriptions



Select a tour to see (or hide) its information or choose "Show All" to reveal all tours and their descriptions. Tours are offered Sunday, September 30 through Friday, October 5. Please see details of specific tour to find out when it is offered.


Please note that tours that do not meet the minimum requirements may be subject to cancellation - refunds will be issued.


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  • Tour # 01 - Antelope Island State Park Tour, Sunday, September 30, 2018

    Vehicle Boards at Hotel: 1:45 pm
    Vehicle Departs from Hotel: 2:00 pm promptly
    Vehicle Returns to Hotel: 9:00pm
    Required Minimum Participation: 35 persons
    Tour Limited to: 50 persons 
    Price of Tour:  $50 per person (dinner is included)

    Antelope Island, with an area of 42 square miles (109 km2), is the largest of 10 islands located within the Great Salt Lake, Utah, United States. The island lies in the southeastern portion of the lake, near Salt Lake City and Davis County, and becomes a peninsula when the lake is at extremely low levels. 

    Antelope Island has natural scenic beauty and holds populations of pronghorn, bighorn sheep, American bison, porcupine, badger, coyote, bobcat, mule deer, and millions of waterfowl. The bison were introduced to the island in 1893, and Antelope Island Bison Herd has proven to be a valuable genetic pool for bison breeding and conservation purposes. The bison do well because much of the island is covered by dry, native grassland.   Millions of birds congregate along the shores surrounding the island, offering unparalleled opportunities for birding. Year-round Interpretive opportunities round out the Antelope Island experience.  The Antelope Island is a great place to view the Great Salt Lake and will provide a variety of great photo opportunities. 

    This tour includes a full dinner that will be provided by Famous Dave’s catering for you to enjoy while on the Island.


  • SOLD OUT! - Tour # 02 - Wild Horses Sunrise Tour, Sunday, September 30, 2018 T

    SO SORRY - THIS TOUR HAS BEEN SOLD OUT.


  • Tour # 03 - Temple Square and Choir Tour, Sunday, September 30, 2018

    Vehicle Boards at Hotel: 8:15 am
    Vehicle Departs from Hotel: 8:30 am promptly
    Vehicle Returns to Hotel: 12:00pm
    Required Minimum Participation: 20 persons
    Tour Limited to: 40 persons 
    Price of Tour:  $10 per person

    The Temple is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located on Temple Square. Dedicated in 1893, it is the sixth temple completed by the church, requiring 40 years to complete, and the fourth temple built since the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1846.  At 253,015 square feet, it is the largest LDS temple by floor area. For more than a century, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has given voice to the hopes, joys, trials, and triumphs of people around the world.   The area is full of beauty and great architecture that you will want to capture! 

    Contained within the Temple Square are the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake Tabernacle, Salt Lake Assembly Hall, the Seagull Monument, and two visitors' centers.  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be performing a rehearsal on Sunday morning at the Salt Lake City Tabernacle. You will be able to watch a rehearsal on this tour!  You will be able to go directly to a rehearsal as soon as you arrive!  There are no tickets required and the doors open to the public at 8:30 am and guests should be seated by 9:15 am when the doors are closed.  The broadcast is 30 minutes in length and ends at 10:00 am.  Photographs are allowed before and after the rehearsal but are prohibited during the 30 minute rehearsal.    For more information about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir you can go to https://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/.


  • Tour # 04 - State Capital Afternoon, Sunday, September 30, 2018

    Vehicle Boards at Hotel: 2:45 pm
    Vehicle Departs from Hotel: 3:00 pm promptly
    Vehicle Returns to Hotel: 6:30 pm
    Required Minimum Participation: 20 persons
    Tour Limited to: 40 persons 
    Price of Tour:  $10 per person

    The State Capitol has been a landmark of Utah for over a century.  The Capitol was designed by a local architect Richard K.A. Kletting and has been home to state government since 1916.   The Utah State Capitol underwent a historical preservation project in 2004 to 2008 to restore it to the original beauty and artwork of the Capitol. You will want to take this tour for its historic significance and marvelous surroundings.   The Capitol and around its grounds hosts a variety of original artwork, treasured artifacts and historical monuments.

    On the Capital grounds is Memory Grove Park, 8.7 acres of beautifully landscaped nature lie just down the staircase on East Capitol Boulevard.  You will find trails, a river, picnic tables and monuments- the perfect place for photographs!

    Council Hall, located directly across the street from the Capitol South steps, served as the Salt Lake City Hall and meeting space for the Utah Territorial Government from 1866-1894.  It was originally located in downtown Salt Lake City and was moved-brick by brick-to Capital Hill in 1960.    For more information about the State Capitol you can go to https://utahstatecapitol.utah.gov/.


  • Tour # 05 - Silver Lake, Monday, October 1, 2018

    Vehicle Boards at Hotel: 6:15 am
    Vehicle Departs from Hotel: 6:30 am promptly
    Vehicle Returns to Hotel: 12:00 pm
    Required Minimum Participation: 30 persons
    Tour Limited to: 50 persons 
    Price of Tour:  $35 per person (includes breakfast)

    Located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon is the beautiful Silver Lake. The lake is encompassed by a boardwalk making it accessible to the young, old and those with disabilities. The boardwalk is less than a mile long and offers benches, picnic tables and a dock area for fishing. The lake is a popular hiking destination in the spring, summer and fall. In the winter months the lake is covered in feet of snow and becomes part of the Solitude Nordic Center system of cross-country ski trails.  The trailhead has a one-mile loop trail that wraps around the lake.  

    Silver Lake is a great location to get out of the valley, view the beautiful scenery and possibly the Moose that frequent the lake.  Enjoy this unique area of the Uinta-Wasatach-Cache National Forest as well as learn about the environment.  This tour will load prior to the opening of the hotel restaurant so a sack breakfast will be provided for your convenience.  You may research more information at http://www.utahoutdooractivities.com/silverlake.html.


  • Tour # 06 - Utah's Hogle Zoo, Monday, October 1, 2018

    Vehicle Boards at Hotel: 8:15 am
    Vehicle Departs from Hotel: 8:30 am promptly
    Vehicle Returns to Hotel: 12:30 pm
    Required Minimum Participation: 20 persons
    Tour Limited to: 30 persons 
    Price of Tour:  $40 per person  (lunch not included)

    Utah’s Hogle Zoo dates from 1931 and is located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. Its natural terrain covers 42 acres where you can view over 800 animals.   The Zoo has an African Savanna which is a 4+ acre exhibit featuring the giraffe, zebra, nyala and ostrich mixing and mingling.  The Zoofari Express train is handicap accessible and will take you through the Savanna.

    The African Savanna exhibit opened in 2014 and totally reconfigured the east end of the Zoo, moving the giraffes to the front of the zoo and putting them with zebra, ostrich and Guinea fowl in a 4 acre mixed species exhibit with expansive views over the entire area from a new viewing area called Twiga Terrace. African Savanna also features African lions in a large exhibit overlooking the mixed species area

    Rocky Shores is an extensive multi-animal habitat featuring bears, sea lions, seals and otters. You will see up-close, underwater viewing of the animals as they swim through crystal blue water, as well as unprecedented views from ground level in a habitat depicting the physical, cultural and social landscape of the western shores of North America

    Asian Highlands opened to much fanfare in 2006 after massive renovations to the existing Cat Building. The exhibit features cats from highland regions of northeastern Asia, including, Amur tigers, Snow leopards ,Amur leopards, Siberian lynx and Pallas' cats.

    Elephant Encounter brings a part of the Serengeti to Salt Lake City in the re-creation of an African plain featuring African elephants and white rhinoceros.

    Wheelchairs and Electronic Convenience Vehicles are available for rent on a first come- first serve basis.   For more information you can go to https://www.hoglezoo.org/.


  • Tour # 07 - Heritage Park, Monday, October 1, 2018

    Vehicle Boards at Hotel: 1:15 pm
    Vehicle Departs from Hotel: 1:30 pm promptly
    Vehicle Returns to Hotel: 5:30 pm
    Required Minimum Participation: 20 persons
    Tour Limited to: 30 persons 
    Price of Tour:  $40 per person 

    You will be able to step back in time on a tour of Heritage Park.  This will give you a glimpse of how the West was in the early settlement of Utah. Ride one of three trains, the Jupiter, Blackhawk or the 119, as they tour around the Park. Or enjoy a ride around the pond on the Mini Train. 

    You will want to go to the Native American Village which has Authentic Navajo Hogan’s and Shoshone teepees that stand on the hillside.  You can view the grinding of corn or making of arrowhead necklaces.  Interact with a blacksmith, tinsmith, and saddle maker and try your hand at some old-fashioned pioneer chores, or at spinning and carding wool. 

    The Park also hosts the Mormon Battalion Museum, The Stoddard Gallery and see the iconic Monument that was erected under the supervision of a committee composed of Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Protestant, Jewish and Latter-day Saint representatives.

    Visit the Walk of Pioneer Faiths honoring early religious groups and leaders who contributed to the religious diversity of our great community.  There are also over 50 historic homes and structures to visit.  For more information you can go to https://www.thisistheplace.org/.


  • SOLD OUT!! - Tour # 08 - Wild Horses Sunset Dinner, Monday, October 1, 2018

    SO SORRY - THIS TOUR HAS BEEN SOLD OUT!


  • Tour # 09 - Heber Valley Train- Provo Canyon, Tuesday, October 2, 2018

    Vehicle Boards at Hotel: 7:45 am
    Vehicle Departs from Hotel: 8:00 am promptly
    Vehicle Returns to Hotel: 5:00pm
    Required Minimum Participation: 35 persons
    Tour Limited to: 50 persons 
    Price of Tour:  $80 per person (Includes lunch on the train)

    Climb aboard a train for an all-day adventure on the Heber Valley Train-Provo Canyon!   The Provo Canyon Limited departs from the Heber Valley Railroad Station in Heber City, Utah and winds around the shores of Deer Creek Reservoir, and then travels along the banks of the beautiful Provo River to Vivian Park.  One of the views on this tour will be Mt. Timpanogos which is the second highest mountain in Utah’s Wasatch Region.  There will also be spectacular views of the glacier-carved landscape of the Provo Canyon.

    Mount Timpanogos, sometimes informally referred to as Timp, is the second highest mountain in Utah's Wasatch Range. Timpanogos rises to an elevation of 11,752 ft (3,582 m) above sea level in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. With 5,270 feet of topographic prominence, Timpanogos is the 47th-most prominent mountain in the contiguous United States.  The mountain towers about 7,000 feet over Utah Valley, including the cities of Lehi, Provo, Orem, Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Lindon and others. The exposed portion of the mountain is made up entirely of limestone and dolomite from the Pennsylvanian period, and is about 300 million years old. 

    This all-day tour includes the train ride, transportation and lunch on the train.


  • Tour # 10 - State Capital Morning, Tuesday, October 2, 2018

    Vehicle Boards at Hotel: 6:15 am
    Vehicle Departs from Hotel: 6:30 am promptly
    Vehicle Returns to Hotel: 12:00 pm
    Required Minimum Participation: 20 persons
    Tour Limited to: 40 persons 
    Price of Tour:  $20 per person (includes breakfast)

    The State Capital has been a landmark of Utah for over a century.  The Capitol was designed by a local architect Richard K.A. Kletting and has been home to state government since 1916.   The Utah State Capitol underwent a historical preservation project in 2004 to 2008 to restore it to the original beauty and artwork of the Capitol. You will want to take this tour for its historic significance and marvelous surroundings.   The Capitol and around its grounds hosts a variety of original artwork, treasured artifacts and historical monuments.

    On the Capital grounds is Memory Grove Park, 8.7 acres of beautifully landscaped nature lie just down the staircase on East Capitol Boulevard.  You will find trails, a river, picnic tables and monuments- the perfect place for photographs!

    Council Hall, located directly across the street from the Capitol South steps, served as the Salt Lake City Hall and meeting space for the Utah Territorial Government from 1866-1894.  It was originally located in downtown Salt Lake City and was moved-brick by brick-to Capital Hill in 1960.   This tour will load prior to the opening of the hotel restaurant so a sack breakfast will be provided for your convenience.   For more information about the State Capitol you can go to https://utahstatecapitol.utah.gov/


  • Tour # 11 - Red Butte Garden, Tuesday, October 2, 2018

    Vehicle Boards at Hotel: 1:15 pm
    Vehicle Departs from Hotel: 1:30 pm promptly
    Vehicle Returns to Hotel: 5:30 pm
    Required Minimum Participation: 35 persons
    Tour Limited to: 50 persons 
    Price of Tour:  $35 per person

    Red Butte Garden, located on 100 acres in the foothills on the eastern edge of the University of Utah, is an official arboretum of the state of Utah. The Garden has welcomed guests since 1985 and is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West with over 21 acres of developed gardens and five miles of hiking trails winding through an extensive Natural Area. The Garden; which is community-funded; is renowned for its numerous plant collections, display gardens, 450,000 springtime blooming bulbs; including a vast collection of daffodils; world-class outdoor summer concert series, and award-winning horticulture-based educational programs.

    The Garden is one of the largest botanical gardens in the West.  The Garden hosts an ornamental grass, rose and conifer collections and is known for its numerous display gardens.  Red Butte Garden buildings, amphitheatre, and some other outdoor areas are handicap accessible. 

    The Natural Garden is a natural habitat for many wild animals such as deer, coyotes, bobcats, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, snakes, and birds. For your safety and theirs, do not approach wildlife in the Garden, please respect them from a distance.

    Photographers and videographers who conduct portrait photography at Red Butte Garden are required to purchase a Portrait Photography Permit which is available at either a daily or yearly rate.   For more information go to https://www.redbuttegarden.org/.


  • SOLD OUT!!! - Tour # 12 - Wild Horses Sunrise Tour, Thursday, October 4, 2018

    SO SORRY - THIS TOUR HAS BEEN SOLD OUT!


  • Tour # 13 - Knolls and the Night Sky Tour, Friday, October 5, 2018

    Vehicle Boards at Hotel: 8:45 pm
    Vehicle Departs from Hotel: 9:00 pm promptly
    Vehicle Returns to Hotel: 2:00 am approximate
    Required Minimum Participation: 35 persons
    Tour Limited to: 50 persons 
    Price of Tour:  $35 per person

    Are you ready to do something completely new?  First-time-ever Nightscape Photography Tour at the Salt Lake City Conference!   Royce Bair, who will be a featured speaker on Wednesday night, has agreed to do a ride-along for this tour. Royce Bair, a magazine photographer for over two decades is well-known for his Nightscape Photography and The Milky Way.  Royce has already made the scientific analysis that puts the moon cycle and conditions perfect for this night and location for Nightscape Photography.  Please note that he is not a guide for this tour.

    The ideal location is the Knolls recreation area which is located just off of I-80 in Utah's west desert.  The bus will depart from the hotel directly after the Friday Featured Speaker and travel 80 miles to the selected location where you will be able to do Nightscape Photography at its finest!  You will then have well over an hour to photograph the Night Sky so be sure and have all your equipment packed and ready to go.   The bus will then return to the hotel which is estimated to be around 2:00 am.