From the unsurpassed beauty of Colorado’s high country wildflowers to the alpine tundra of the San Juan peaks, the Colors of the Colorado Rockies offers you the most spectacular and breath-taking scenery for your summer photo adventure. Nestled in the rugged and towering Rocky Mountains, our home base of Ouray is surrounded by towering peaks rising up to 13,000 feet on three sides. For five days, our group will travel through miles of back-country jeep trails, composing and capturing extraordinary images of wildflowers, meadows, alpine lakes and tree-lined peaks with expert guide and instructor, Jim Steinberg.
Each day, we will be transported by our jeep outfitters to capture scenic vistas from sunrise to sunset. From Black Bear Pass to the seldom-visited Silver Basin, Jim will show you how to capture each scene at its best. Our days will be filled with photo adventures around every corner, from our drive up Corkscrew Gulch and across Hurricane Pass to the historic ghost town of Animas Forks. We will also find ourselves at Porphyry Gulch, which offers stunning photo ops of spectacular wildflowers surrounding a pristine waterfall. And for those with enough stamina for a short high-altitude hike, you’ll get a true “Rocky Mountain High” standing on top of the world with 360° views of the San Juans.
Cool temperatures, pure mountain air, rich history and scenic wilderness make this the perfect summer photo workshop. So if you’ve never seen the Rocky Mountains up close and personal, this workshop gets you there and you will come back with spectacular photographs to help you savor the experience.
- Photographic instruction
- Five nights lodging based on single occupancy*
- Transportation from Montrose, CO**
- Tour, permit, and entrance fees
- Outfitter gratuities
- Water, snacks and a group meal
- Post-workshop critique
*Double occupancy permitted for two participants traveling together. A discount will be provided.
**Group transportation is included in the workshop fee with a maximum of 5 passengers per large SUV. Any participant who has received a COVID-19 vaccine is eligible for transportation. Any participant not vaccinated will be required to carpool, except in the open-air jeep rides. Workshop fees will be adjusted accordingly.
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. We want to give you the best possible photo opportunities.
Day 1 – Thursday, July 22, 2021
- Meet at the Montrose Hampton Inn conference room at 6:00 pm for orientation and presentation by Jim Steinberg.
- Dinner on your own.
Day 2– Friday, July 23, 2021
- Pre-dawn departure for sunrise shoot at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP.
- Return to hotel, check out and depart Montrose noon
- Lunch in Ridgway at the True Grit Café
- Arrive at our hotel and check-in mid-afternoon.
- Depart late afternoon for our sunset shoot.
- Return for dinner.
Day 3 – Saturday, July 24, 2021
- We will depart early for our morning jeep ride with Switzerland of America Jeep Tours to Black Bear Pass where we’ll capture the morning sunrise over the San Juan Mountains illuminating vast fields of wildflowers with the mountains as a backdrop.
- Later we’ll head back down the hill stopping along the way for some other photo ops.
- We’ll spend a bit of time resting and downloading our images before walking downtown for lunch.
- Our afternoon will be spent doing our first critique, looking at images you brought along or that you took earlier in the day.
- After an early dinner, weather permitting, we’ll head down the valley looking for some evening light to end our day.
Day 4 – Sunday, July 25, 2021
- Again we will depart pre-dawn with our jeep outfitter to head up to the seldom-visited Silver Basin. Here we will capture incomparable views of the Uncompahgre Mountains with painted meadows of wildflowers.
- Returning to town late morning, we’ll again take a break to download images before lunch.
- Our afternoon classroom session will focus on editing, workflow, and post-production followed by a critique of your Colorado images.
- A sunset shoot, weather permitting, will follow an early dinner.
Day 5 – Monday, July 26, 2021
- Today we will take an all-day jeep excursion. Going on the Million Dollar Highway through Ironton Park we’ll head up the side of Red Mountain through Corkscrew Gulch. Here we’ll celebrate the sunrise with amazing views of the backside of the Red Mountains.
- Then we’ll continue our journey up in elevation as we climb to the top of Hurricane Pass where we’ll capture 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Como.
- We’ll head over California Pass down the gulch into the National Historic District ghost town of Animas Forks (a mere 11,000′).
- Traveling down from the headwaters of the Animas River, we follow its course to the old mining town of Silverton where we’ll have lunch at Handlebars restaurant, a favorite stop featuring buffalo and elk burgers along with the usual fare and the décor to keep your eyes busy the entire time.
- After lunch well take some time to explore Silverton on your own and then return over Red Mt. Pass to Ouray.
- To end the day we will have a farewell dinner where we can reminisce about our trip and its spectacular photo opportunities.
Day 6 – Tuesday, July 27, 2021
- We’ll enjoy another early jeep ride to Porphyry Gulch where we will capture wildflowers surrounding a picturesque waterfall.
- From here we may take a short walk to Bullion King Lake to capture some high alpine lake images. For the adventurers, and high-altitude seekers, you can take an additional short hike up to the top of the world that will give you 360-degree views that few photographers will ever experience.
- Winding our way back down to town, we’ll stop along the way for photography.
- The remainder of the morning is at leisure before we check out and depart for our journey back to Montrose.
- Workshop adjourns by noon.
Strenuous Rating: Moderate — This workshop will entail some light hiking at high altitudes. Participants must be in moderately good shape to deal with the altitude and moving in and out of our vans and jeeps. The jeep rides can be very bumpy at times and we will be traveling on 4-wheel drive roads only without guard rails.
Equipment Recommendations: Polarizing filters will help reduce sheen on leaves, and will also help reduce hazy skies at this altitude. A reflector can help inject light into dim groves of trees, as appropriate.
The Workshop will Depart from / Return to:
A courtesy block of rooms is available for pre-night (July 21st) as well as post-night (July 27th) lodging. Participants are required to make their own reservations and pay for this date by calling directly to the hotel. Beginning July 22nd, lodging here is included in your workshop fee.
Lodging During the Workshop
Matterhorn Inn Ouray
201 6th Avenue
Ouray, CO 81427
Tel: (970) 325-4938
Four nights lodging, based on single occupancy, is included in your workshop fee at Matterhorn Inn Ouray. Double occupancy permitted for two participants traveling together. A discount will be provided. This hotel does not have an elevator so please advise our office immediately if you would like a first-floor room. We will do our best to secure it.
- 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. The 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 the $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 sometimes be unavoidable that is why securing a Travel Protection Plan is highly encouraged.
Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel or change any workshop if our minimum enrollment is not met or if situations beyond our control arise that may create unsafe or undesirable travel conditions. Any cancelation or postponement as a result of situations beyond our control, AHPS does not promise any refunds or credits. If and when feasible, we will attempt to reschedule the workshop at a later date. Alternatively, we may decide to issue you credit for a future workshop, or issue a refund, less any non-refundable deposits we have paid to workshop providers on your behalf.
Please note that AHPS is not liable for any additional participant 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.