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ALLENSPARK, COLORADO

Rocky Mountain Nature Photography: Capturing the Rugged Landscapes

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Program #17546RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Those walking, hiking or participating in activities will experience elevations 8,000 to 11,500 ft.

Equipment Requirements
Digital Camera with plenty of storage and batteries, tripod, laptop with basic photo editing program

Itinerary for Sep 8 — Sep 13, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: The Retreat Center rests on 285 mountain acres. A stone fireplace invites you into the lobby, which provides comfortable seating for visiting with friends. Our dining rooms boast spectacular mountain views, as do most bedrooms

Contact info:
1306 Highway 7 Business Route
P.O. Box 66
Allenspark, CO 80510 USA
phone: 303-747-2888
web: www.highlandscamp.org

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet connection is available free of charge in our dining areas. Lobby phone is free of charge for our guests. Round-the-clock beverage service is available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 08 - Check-in, Orientation
Afternoon: Welcome to beautiful Allenspark! Please give yourself time to arrive and check-in to your room before our required 5:00 PM orientation. We'll have an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: The dining service staff takes pride in preparing nutritious meals for a variety of tastes. The dining hall is shared by everyone on campus. All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages; second helpings are available for most selections. Dinners always include a salad bar.

Evening: This evening is free to allow you time to rest, relax, and prepare for tomorrow.

Lodging: Highlands Retreat Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The Retreat Center rests on 285 mountain acres. A stone fireplace invites you into the lobby, which provides comfortable seating for visiting with friends. Our dining rooms boast spectacular mountain views, as do most bedrooms

Contact info:
1306 Highway 7 Business Route
P.O. Box 66
Allenspark, CO 80510 USA
phone: 303-747-2888
web: www.highlandscamp.org

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet connection is available free of charge in our dining areas. Lobby phone is free of charge for our guests. Round-the-clock beverage service is available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 09 - Photographing Rocky Mountain National Park's "Wil...
Breakfast: The dining service staff takes pride in preparing nutritious meals for a variety of tastes. The dining hall is shared by everyone on campus. All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages; second helpings are available for most selections.

Morning: Optional sunrise photo walk; classroom session to follow on low light photography, photographing water and panoramic images.

Lunch: Lunch is served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages.

Afternoon: After lunch we will take a short van shuttle to hike in Rocky Mountain National Park's "Wild Basin". Wild Basin is a network of scenic trails and waterfalls. We will hike following a scenic stream to photograph Upper and Lower Copeland Falls.

Dinner: Dinner is served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages.

Evening: After dinner there will be an optional presentation by one of your instructors.

Lodging: Highlands Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The Retreat Center rests on 285 mountain acres. A stone fireplace invites you into the lobby, which provides comfortable seating for visiting with friends. Our dining rooms boast spectacular mountain views, as do most bedrooms

Contact info:
1306 Highway 7 Business Route
P.O. Box 66
Allenspark, CO 80510 USA
phone: 303-747-2888
web: www.highlandscamp.org

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet connection is available free of charge in our dining areas. Lobby phone is free of charge for our guests. Round-the-clock beverage service is available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 10 - Field trip into Rocky Mountain National Park
Breakfast: In order to reach our sunrise location in time, today we will pack a box breakfast to eat near beautiful Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Morning: Field trip into Rocky Mountain National Park by van with stops for photo shoots and walks. Locations selected will be determined taking into consideration light and weather considerations.

Lunch: Lunch is served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages.

Afternoon: After lunch instructors are available in the lab for individual assistance. You are welcome to take a further hike on or off campus before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner is served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages.

Evening: After dinner there will be an optional presentation by one of your instructors.

Lodging: Highlands Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The Retreat Center rests on 285 mountain acres. A stone fireplace invites you into the lobby, which provides comfortable seating for visiting with friends. Our dining rooms boast spectacular mountain views, as do most bedrooms

Contact info:
1306 Highway 7 Business Route
P.O. Box 66
Allenspark, CO 80510 USA
phone: 303-747-2888
web: www.highlandscamp.org

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet connection is available free of charge in our dining areas. Lobby phone is free of charge for our guests. Round-the-clock beverage service is available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 11 - Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park's ...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages.

Morning: We will load into vans today for a trip along Trail Ridge Road. Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park's heavily traveled highway to the sky, inspired awe before the first motorist ever traveled it. "It is hard to describe what a sensation this new road is going to make," predicted Horace Albright, director of the National Park Service, in 1931 during the road's construction. "You will have the whole sweep of the Rockies before you in all directions." We will stop for great panoramic views/photos, a short tundra nature walk, Alpine Visitor’s Center, and we will enjoy a box lunch at Lake Irene.

Lunch: Box lunch

Afternoon: We will return over Trail Ridge Road back towards Estes Park.

Dinner: This afternoon there will be time for you to enjoy and independently explore Estes Park for dinner "on your own". We will meet after dinner in Estes Park to photograph the sunset from a hidden historical treasure just steps from downtown.

Evening: Van shuttle to lodging in Allenspark.

Lodging: Highlands Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Conference Center

Description: The Retreat Center rests on 285 mountain acres. A stone fireplace invites you into the lobby, which provides comfortable seating for visiting with friends. Our dining rooms boast spectacular mountain views, as do most bedrooms

Contact info:
1306 Highway 7 Business Route
P.O. Box 66
Allenspark, CO 80510 USA
phone: 303-747-2888
web: www.highlandscamp.org

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet connection is available free of charge in our dining areas. Lobby phone is free of charge for our guests. Round-the-clock beverage service is available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 12 - Sunrise at Lily Lake, MacGregor Ranch, and Group ...
Breakfast: In order to reach our sunrise location in time, today we will pack a box breakfast to eat near beautiful Lily Lake.

Morning: Vans will depart before sunrise to photograph beautiful Lily Lake with dramatic mountain peaks in the background. After breakfast we will continue on to MacGregor Ranch, the last remaining working cattle ranch in Estes Park and one of the few sites operating as both a working ranch and youth education center in the northern Colorado area. It is unique in that its historic collection and structures are original to the 1873 homestead family, and its collection is completely intact. We will have the opportunity to explore the ranch and photograph the unique structures.

Lunch: Lunch is served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages.

Afternoon: After lunch more time is available, with instructor assistance, to prepare your show for this evening. You are also welcome to explore the area on foot to photograph one of the many scenic viewpoints or trails.

Dinner: Tonight we will have a special private dinner at our lodge and then view a presentation of your favorite images from the week!

Evening: Continue participant photo presentation.

Lodging: Highlands Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 13 - Departures after breakfast
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages.

Morning: Independent departures after breakfast

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
9 Hands-on experiences

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