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This photo workshop focuses on photographing the wildlife, wild horses and birds of three Colorado wildlife regions, the wild Sand Wash Basin, Mount Evans and Rocky Mountain National Park.  The Sand Wash Basin is a remote area that is wonderful for Wild Horse photography and features Mule Deer, Pronghorn and a variety of birds.  Rocky Mountain National Park is excellent for Moose and we should be able to find them with babies this time of year.  It’s also very good for Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Pika and a variety of birds.  This time of year should be particularly good for photographing this year’s young animals.  We will also visit the Rocky Mountain Arsenal near Denver which is good for Bison, Mule Deer, Bald Eagles and other birds.  Mount Evans is probably the best place to photograph Mountain Goats with their kids, it’s also good for alpine birds such as Ptarmigan and Rosy Finches.

Maximum Participants: 5 photographers max.

Cost and Logistics

$4,450 with a $600 single supplement. Cost for a nonphotographer spouse/companion is $3,950.  The deposit to secure your spot is $1,100.  Balance is due 30 days before the trip.  The arrival and departure city is Denver, where we will spend one night on arrival, besides that we will be in small towns and out in wild country so we won’t have a lot of interaction with other people. Cost includes all lodging, transportation during the workshop, instruction, guiding and park fees.  It does not include meals and transportation to and from Denver.  If anyone would like to drive their own vehicle during the workshop they are welcome to. 2025 cost: $4,450 with a $600 single supplement. Cost for a nonphotographer spouse/companion is $3,950.


August 5th – Arrival to Denver, Colorado, Ken will pick you up at the airport or you can meet him at the hotel.  Evening presentation on wildlife photography  A nice hotel near the airport.

August 6th – Morning photography at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refunge followed by transfer to the Craig area, check in to our hotel and then drive to Sand Wash Basin for the afternoon.  This wild area has several herds of wild horses which make great subjects.  Return to the Best Western in Craig. 

August 7th – Full day of photography in the Sand Wash Basin.  In addition to the Wild Horses, other subjects will include Mule Deer, Pronghorn and birds such as Mountain Bluebird and Sage Thrasher.  Hotel: Best Western in Craig.

August 8th – Morning photography with the horses in Sand Wash Basin, followed by transfer to Rocky Mountain National Park area.  In the afternoon we will look for Moose and other wildlife.  Hotel: A nice hotel in Winter Park.  

August 9th – Full day of photography in Rocky Mountain National Park with Moose, Elk, Bighorn Sheep and their young as well as birds such as White-tailed Ptarmigan and Clark’s Nutcracker.  Hotel: A nice hotel in Winter Park. 

August 10th – Morning photography in Rocky Mountain National Park followed by transfer to Mount Evans.  Afternoon photography on the mountain.  A nice hotel nearby. 

August 11th – We spend the full day photographing on Mount Evans.  Our primary targets are the Mountain Goats and their adorable kids and this is the peak time of year to photograph them.  But we will also be on the lookout for other birds and wildlife such as Ptarmigan, Rosy Finches and Pika.  The alpine settings make for good landscape photography as well. A nice hotel nearby

August 12th  – We spend the morning on Mount Evans again and then return to Denver which is only about one hour away.  You can either schedule an afternoon flight home or you can book a room in one of the many hotels near the airport.

Ken Archer

Ken Archer

Ken Archer has been a professional wildlife photographer for the last 25 years. His work is widely published and he is a former first place category winner in Nature’s Best Photo Contest and an overall winner of the Wyoming Wildlife Photo Contest. He has spent a great deal of time photographing wildlife in the American West. Ken uses Canon.

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