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Autumn in Rocky Mountain
National Park
Trip Overview
The Rocky Mountains of Colorado and more specifically Rocky Mountain National Park feature some of the most awe inspiring mountain scenery on the continent. Fall is a great time to photograph the Rocky Mountains as the Aspen Trees turn from Green to Gold and finally a brilliant red. Photographing the mountainous landscape of Rocky Mountain National park with turning Aspen Trees is a photographers paradise. The colors add amazing depth and contrast to your photographs and the whole region is awash in natural beauty.

In this remote corner of Colorado, rivers twist and plunge through granite canyons, waterfalls roar through forests of pine and spruce while mountain peaks soar to elevations above 14,000 feet. Rocky Mountain National Park is also home to wildlife such a Bighorn Sheep, Moose, Bears, Elk, Marmot and Bald Eagles.

Wildlife tend to be more active during the Autumn months as they begin their preparations for the long snowy winters that abound in the Rocky Mountains. We specifically time this Tour / Workshop to coincide with the Autumn Leaf change of Aspen Trees in the high Rocky Mountains. Not only is the landscape photography superb but so is the temperature and the summer crowds have all but disappeared.

You will be hiking, photographing and learning from a photography instructor who spent seven years exploring the mountains of Colorado and that has a wealth of knowledge about the flora, fauna, weather patterns and trails of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll have expert instruction out on the trail and be in good hands out in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Each day we make it a point to hike early and get to our photo “sweet spots” before the magic hour begins. Often we’ll hike in the dark to end at a beautiful mountain lake, such as Emerald Lake before sunrise. After our magic-hour session we’ll look for wildlife such as Moose, Elk or Big Horn Sheep before positioning our group for an evening session of photography.

You’ll leave this workshop with a plethora of mountain images to add to your portfolio. Rocky Mountain National Park is a photogenic wonderland – so you’ll end up with waterfalls, galore, wildlife shots, big mountain panoramas and maybe some interesting night sky shots with Long’s Peak in the foreground.

Join Backcountry Journeys this Fall for a great time, come create some images and experience the Rockies!

Autumn in Rocky Mountain National Park

6 Days / 5 Nights

Price: from $
3495 double occupancy
+$550 single occupancy


Deposit: $1000

Fitness Level: Level 2-3

Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 5 nights lodging

Start/End: Estes Park, Colorado
For more information on this trip, please give us a call Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm Mountain Time: 928-478-1521.
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Trip Details
Physical Requirements
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to walk 1-4 miles roundtrip with camera equipment and essential hiking gear. For example, tripod, camera, lenses, water, snacks, and extra layers (if necessary).

Group Size
We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide/instructor.

Accommodation
We will be staying in cozy lodges in Estes Park and Grand Lake, Colorado.


Meals
Most meals are included during the trip dates and we typically eat at park lodges in the evening as well as a hand picked local restaurants. We often do snacks on the trail and then return for a late breakfast during photography trips as we are often out early to capture the morning light. One meal will be on your own.

Weather

Expect warm pleasant days and chilly nights. The weather can be unpredictable in the Rocky Mountains. One can encounter snow, hail, thunderstorms as well as beautiful sunny days. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.

Price Includes
Most meals, ground transportation, accommodation during the trip dates from the evening of Day One through the morning of Day Six, professional photography instruction, park entrance fees, and medically certified wilderness guides.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, souvenirs, one meal on your own, & trip leader gratuities.

Travel Details
Departure city is Estes Park, Colorado.

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  • Peak Fall Colors!
Photograph dramatic & colorful Aspen Trees as they prepare for winter, alpine meadows, glacial rivers, waterfalls, and so much more! 
  • Stunning hikes!
The trails above 8000 feet are exhilibrating in the fall.
  • Learn from a pro!
Get hands on 1:1 instruction from a professional photographer while shooting some of the most spectacular views in the Colorado Rockies!
  • Timed to coincide with the Elk Rut
An annual spectacle not to be missed as the Bull Elk battle for dominance!
  • Small Groups

We limit our groups to maximize 1:1 time with your instructor.

  • Awesome Meals & Lodging Included
Ask our past guests – one of the best parts about our trips is the food!
  • The BEST Trip Leaders
Our Trip Leaders are photography pros who have been exploring, guiding & photographing for years – you won’t find better trip leaders or instructors anywhere else.
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  • The trip guides. They did an outstanding job. The accommodations for lodging, transportation as well as meals. The pre trip support was outstanding. Answers to questions were fast and helpful.

    Would recommend this company to anyone who is serious about nature photography. Great for landscape as well as wildlife photography.

    Just booked another trip!



  • I recently completed my first trip with Backcountry Journeys. It was the Night Skies Of Joshua Tree trip. Our guide Ben was very professional and happy to help each of us to get the photos we were looking for. He also held a class on how to get the best out of our photos in Lightroom & Photoshop. It was a fun trip with folks eager to get out and see our beautiful world in the dark of night. The sky was truly beautiful. Seeing the milky way and so many stars was a very memorable time for me. I look forward to my next trip with Backcountry Journeys! I also want to thank Kelley for all of her help making arrangements. So easy to work with!


  • We did their canyons of Utah, Arches and Canyonlands National parks with Backcountry in October of 2021. Our guide, Kenton, was outstanding, and even my wife who takes pictures with her iPhone got a lot out of the trip. Primarily this is for serious photographers as you get up early to catch the sunrise, but on this trip we also got some great hiking in as well. Photo instruction was superb and the small group size (5) made for great personalization. Highly recommend if you match this target audience.

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BACKCOUNTRY JOURNEYS
"Backcountry Journeys offers guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens. We run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tours, Workshops & Safaris to incredible locales such as Yosemite, Alaska, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Hawaii, Utah as well as Botswana & Costa Rica."

- Russ Nordstrand, Backcountry Journeys Founder & Director
All Images & Content are property of Backcountry Journeys - Copyright 2021
CONTACT US
Monday-Friday
8am to 4pm Mountain Time
928-487-1521
adventure@backcountryjourneys.com

TRIP CATALOG

Download our Trip Catalog for detailed information on our many destinations for photography tours, workshops, and safaris.

BACKCOUNTRY JOURNEYS
"Backcountry Journeys offers guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens. We run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tours, Workshops & Safaris to incredible locales such as Yosemite, Alaska, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Hawaii, Utah as well as Botswana & Costa Rica."

- Russ Nordstrand, Backcountry Journeys Founder & Director
All Images & Content are property of Backcountry Journeys - Copyright 2021
CONTACT US
Monday-Friday
8am to 4pm Mountain Time
928-487-1521
adventure@backcountryjourneys.com

TRIP CATALOG

Download our Trip Catalog for detailed information on our many destinations for photography tours, workshops, and safaris.

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