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Colorado Fall Photography: Historic Trains and Vibrant Landscapes

Explore the dramatic Colorado Rockies and capture them on camera. Learn from expert photographers to improve your skills. Enjoy opportunities for unique, rare and beautiful photographs.
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Program No. 22356RJ
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6 days
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2,099
Colorado

Colorado Fall Photography: Historic Trains and Vibrant Landscapes

Explore the dramatic Colorado Rockies and capture them on camera. Learn from expert photographers to improve your skills. Enjoy opportunities for unique, rare and beautiful photographs.
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6 days
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Program No. 22356 RJ
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On mountain treks and historic trains rides, capture the stunning Colorado Rockies and their brilliant fall foliage. Camera in hand, explore the breathtaking mountains of Southern Colorado to fine-tune your photography skills as you learn expert techniques from professional photographers. From dramatic cliffs to fall forests bursting with color, you couldn’t ask for better source material. Discover the unbelievable beauty of the Rockies firsthand — with the pictures to prove you were there.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Sharpen your photography skills with the help of professional photography instructors.
  • Experience the Durango and Silverton Photo Train, a once-a-year event that lets you photograph a historic freight train steaming through the scenic San Juan National Forest.
  • Explore and photograph the extraordinary wilderness surrounding Ouray, including the dramatic mountains and gorges of the “Million Dollar Highway.”
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Cinders and Smoke: A Mile by Mile Guide for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
by Doris B. Osterwald
By the same author as Ticket to Toltec. Ditto all the above, only about the Durango and Silverton (D&S) Narrow Gauge Railroad, another Denver and Rio Grande (D&RG) successor. Also includes brief histories of the two towns that the D&RG reached in 1881 and 1882. Highly recommended. This book is available at the Colorado Railroad Museum and at shops in Durango and Silverton. It is not available at the D&S gift shop or on the train.
Exploring the Historic San Juan Triangle
by David Smith
Readers are given a grand tour of the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Filled with rare photographs, specially drawn maps, new trips, updated road tours, and information on towns along the way, this is the "Number One" Jeeping Guide to the San Juans.
Colorado Scenic Byways, Taking the Other Road
by Jim Steinberg, Susan Tweit
This two volume set was inspired by those blue highways and a quintessentially American love: the open road. Americans had begun taking to the road such as it was long before the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1925 designated the first numbered cross-country routes. After the interstate highway program was authorized in 1955 as a way to move troops and material around quickly, Americans became obsessed with speed. And forgot the soul of the open road: the freedom to wander, the chance to stop and sniff a wildflower, ramble beside a creek, shape a snowball from a late-summer snowbank, gawk at a long-abandoned mining town, buy a fresh peach from a farm stand, or simply discover a new vista. The Scenic Byway system was born out of a desire to identify roads offering just those kinds of opportunities. It harks back to national routes designated in the 1930s such as the Great River Road tracing the course of the Mississippi and the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Appalachian Mountains. States and federal government agencies began designating scenic and Highways historic byways in the 1980s. Colorado identified its first byways in 1989; now the state has 25 official Scenic and Historic Byways, chosen for their outstanding archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and of course, scenic qualities. Ten have also been selected for the National Scenic Byways Program, begun in 1991.
Scenic Driving Colorado, 3rd (Scenic Routes & Byways)
by Stewart M. Green
This guidebook offers travel and historical information for 30 visually stunning driving routes, from Pawnee National Grassland of the Great Plains to Rocky Mountain National Park, the San Juan Mountains, and the deserts of the Colorado Plateau.
Messages in Stone: Colorado's Colorful Geology
by Vince Mathews and the Colorado Geological Survey
Introduction to the rocks, structures and geologic history of Colorado. Includes discussion of landforms and geologic hazards. Lavishly illustrated with photographs of Colorado sites and maps. Appropriate for geologists and non-geologists.





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