Meet the Photographer

Mike Buchheit is a landscape photographer, veteran travel writer, and outdoor educator. His unique images of Grand Canyon and the greater Southwest enjoy popularity worldwide. Mike’s work was juried into the art exhibit, Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography, which was selected for inclusion in the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Series.

Raised beside the Mississippi River in his native Iowa, Mike relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona, in the late 80s. His passion for the Grand Canyon backcountry was forged as a counterbalance to the hectic pace of corporate life in the Valley of the Sun.

Mike relocated to Grand Canyon National Park where he has been the director of the Grand Canyon Field Institute since 1997. In addition to overseeing this leading outdoor education program, Mike serves in a fundraising capacity for the Grand Canyon Association. The images in his portfolio reflect an intimacy with the world’s most famous chasm that only a full-time resident, two-thousand-mile backpacker, and frequent river runner could enjoy. Mike’s hope is that his photographs will inspire in others a deeper appreciation for the majestic Grand Canyon, and foster a sense of stewardship for public lands.