Mike Buchheit, O’Neill butte Rainbow, print on metal, taken 1998/ printed 2016  Mike Buchheit, Pima Point Sunset, print on metal, taken 1998/ printed 2016  Mike Buchheit, Mohave Point Sunset, print on metal, taken 1998/ printed 2016  Mike Buchheit, Yaki Point Sunrise, print on metal, taken 1998/ printed 2016Mike Buchheit, Crown of Clouds, print on metal, taken 1998/ printed 2016                             

Mike Buchheit 


Buchheit is a top-selling landscape photographer, veteran travel writer, and outdoor educator. His unique images of Grand Canyon and the American Southwest enjoy popularity worldwide. Mike’s work was juried into the landmark exhibit ‘Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography’, which toured the country as part of the 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 life in the Valley of the Sun. Mike relocated to Grand Canyon National Park in 1994 and has served as the director of the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute for over two decades. He teaches landscape photography for the Field Institute, the Udall Foundation’s Parks in Focus program (a collaboration with the National Park Service), and the nonprofit Grand Canyon Youth. Mike was an active supporter for the Grand Canyon’s Artist in Residence program, and has served as a juror for the Joshua Tree National Park Association’s Art Festival.  

Though his interests are many, it is in his capacity as a photographer that Mike has found the greatest artistic freedom in conveying his connection to Grand Canyon. 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 everywhere.