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Rocky Mountain Nature Photography: Capturing the Rugged Landscapes

Program Number: 17546RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/13/2013; 8/17/2014 - 8/22/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Allenspark, Colorado
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Photography; National Parks
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Explore the beauty of the Rocky Mountains through digital photography, as expert instructors provide tips for improving your technique and compositional skills before putting you on the path to capture forever the majesty of your surroundings through independent discovery of your choice of sites.




Highlights

• Expert photographers lead photography walks at sunrise while providing instruction on composition and technique.
• Highly independent afternoon sessions allow you to choose from a variety of sites each day to explore and photograph at your own pace.
• Explore and photograph some of the most breathtaking areas on the planet from your base in Summer in Allenspark, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on rocky terrain carrying photo equipment. Elevations from 8,000 to 11,500 feet.




Date Specific Information

9-8-2013

Five-night program based at Highlands Conf. Center in Allenspark, CO. Features nature landscape photography in Rocky Mountains National park. Daily field trips include spectacular mountain, forest, lakes, and stream vistas. Instructed by Mary Lou Frost.



Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.




Allenspark

Founded in 1918, the scenic town of Allenspark sits on the southeast corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. With the craggy, 14,255-foot Longs Peak looming in the background, Allenspark draws fishermen, hikers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts seeking the quintessential Colorado experience.



Accommodations
Comfortable retreat center convenient to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Mary Lou Frost

A retired public school teacher, Mary Lou Frost has been an avid photographer her entire life. For the last 25 years she has focused on worldwide nature photography, with extensive experience in both film and digital photography. She has recently taught beginning instruction on Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. As immediate past president of the Buffalo Museum of Science Camera Club, Mary Lou has also coached photographers at all levels of expertise. Mary Lou has instructed Road Scholar Photo Programs with Mountains and Plains Institute for over five years.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Highlands Retreat Center
  Allens Park, CO 5 nights
 Highlands Retreat Center
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrive and check-in by 4:00 pm. Required orientation at 5:00 pm. You will be staying at Highlands Retreat Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Room check-out is 10:00 am. You will be staying at Highlands Retreat Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Acknowledgement of Risk-Liability Waiver Form
  Parking availability:
Parking is free
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Allens Park, CO
  Nearest city or town:  Estes Park, CO
  Nearest highway: Colorado Highway 7
  Nearest airport:  Denver International (DEN)
  From End of Program
  Location: Allens Park, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Highlands Retreat Center

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Estes Park Shuttle Service
phone: 970-586-5151
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for information
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

   

If you are flying your destination will be DEN (Denver International Airport) in Denver, Colorado. Before arriving you will need to contact Estes Park Shuttle Service, 1-970-586-5151 for transportation to the Highlands Retreat Center, 1306 Business Highway 7, Allenspark Park, CO. We recommend that you make your return flight after 1:00 pm if flying on the last morning of the program due to travel time and possible security delays.

 
Driving Directions
  Allenspark, CO-Highlands Retreat Center From Denver International Airport (1.5-2 hours): Take Pena Blvd to I-70 west, and I-70 to I-270 north, or take E-470 (Toll road, marked “470” on map) north to I-25. Go north on I-25 to exit 243 and turn west on CO Hwy 66 toward Longmont/Lyons. Proceed west on 66 through Lyons to the stop sign and turn left on CO Hwy 7 toward Allenspark. Approximately 18 miles beyond Lyons, watch for signs directing travelers to turn left on the Hwy 7 business route through Allenspark. Turn left on Hwy 7 business route, and proceed about 1/8 mile just past the large rock. The sign marking the entryway to Highlands Retreat Center is on the left. From Estes Park (30 minutes): Take Colo. Hwy 7 south to Allenspark. Turn right at mile marker 16, which is the second turn for Hwy 7 Business Route. Proceed about 1/8 mile just past the large rock. The sign marking the entryway to Highlands Retreat Center is on the left.
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
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in, Orientation
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Highlands Retreat Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Photographing Rocky Mountain National Park's "Wild Basin"
(Monday, September 9)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Highlands Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field trip into Rocky Mountain National Park
(Tuesday, September 10)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Highlands Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park's "Highway to the Sky"
(Wednesday, September 11)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Highlands Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Sunrise at Lily Lake, MacGregor Ranch, and Group Slideshow
(Thursday, September 12)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Highlands Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departures after breakfast
(Friday, September 13)
   
 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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