With a backdrop of the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this workshop will explore North America’s highest sand dunes in the San Luis Valley at 700 feet above the high elevation floor. South Central Colorado gets very little light pollution and the open terrain and high elevation make the dunes a great location for night photography.
Sunrises and sunsets often produce warm rich colors and textures on the dunes. The wide sweeping views also make this an ideal location for creating stitched panoramas. This workshop is timed to see fall colors of cottonwoods and willows along Medano Creek and other areas nearby.
We will also photograph the 14,000+ foot Crestone Peak and take a 4 wheel drive excursion over Medano Pass to the Wet Mountain Valley. With any luck we will see an early season snowfall on the high peaks of the Sangre de Cristo.
Don’t miss this photographing this intriguing landscape during the Great Sand Dunes photography workshop.
- Photographic instruction & image critiques
- Three nights lodging based on double occupancy
- Roundtrip transportation to and from Colorado Springs
- Entrance fees and park permits
- Water, snacks, two picnic dinners in the field and a farewell dinner
Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Each day we will determine which locations are best based on lighting and weather conditions. We want to give you the best possible photo opportunities.
Day 1 – Thursday, October 10
- Group meets in Colorado Springs for an early am departure to Alamosa.
- Check in and meet in the early afternoon in the conference room in Alamosa for a 2-3 hour orientation, presentation and critique.
- Sunset shoot, dinner break and first night shoot at Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Day 2 – Friday, October 11
- Sunrise shoot at the Dunes.
- Late breakfast and mid-day down time.
- Mid–afternoon we will travel to Sangre de Cristo and Crestone Peak north of the Park for sunset.
Day 3 – Saturday, October 12
- Sunrise and morning shoot to Medano Pass via 4WD road.
- Return to hotel for a mid-afternoon break with group critique and Lightroom session.
- Return to park for panoramic images practice followed by dusk and early evening night photography.
Day 4 – Sunday, October 13
- Last sunrise shoot of the Dunes and highway transfer back to Colorado Springs
- Arrive in Colorado Springs by noon.
- Workshop adjourns.
Strenuous Rating: Moderate
Expect low temperatures to drop well below freezing. Afternoons can be pleasant with highs in the 50’s and even low 60’s with low humidity. Light hiking up to a mile on the dunes is possible. High elevation-dunes are at 8400’. Very Spartan facilities near the park especially during the shoulder season.
The workshop will depart and return to:
Hampton Inn Colorado Springs Airport
2077 Aerotech Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
The workshop will depart from the Colorado Springs Airport Hampton Inn. A courtesy block is available for pre-workshop lodging on October 9th and on post-workshop lodging on the 13th. These reservations must be made directly with the hotel. Please remember to reference you are with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes.
Lodging During the Workshop:
Comfort Inn & Suites
Alamosa, CO 81101
During the workshop we will be based out of the Comfort Inn & Suites in Alamosa. Three nights lodging is included in your workshop fee based on double occupancy. Should you wish a single supplement you must request it during your registration checkout.
- 91 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
- 90 days full payment is due
- 61-90 days your workshop fees will be refunded in the form of an AHPS Store Credit Voucher less $100 administrative fee. Voucher is good for 18 months.
- * 60 days or less until departure – No refund.
* If we are able to fill your seat and the workshop runs at full enrollment we will refund your workshop fees less $100 administrative fee.
NOTE: Workshop bookings including, but not limited to, outfitters, permit agencies, lodging and more are requiring firm financial commitments at 90 days. Therefore, in order to continue to bring you to great destinations we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined above. We recognize cancellations can some time be unavoidable that is why securing a Travel Protection Plan is highly encouraged.
Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS. Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.
PAYMENT TERMS: A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space. Please refer to the specific workshop for the required deposit. Final payments are due 90 days prior to departure. Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.