4381
Colorado Rocky Mountains
Nature Photography in the Colorado Rockies
Sunlight bathes a 12,000-foot mountain peak. An eagle soars over a valley meadow. In the Colorado Rockies, experts bring your digital camera skills to new heights in the great outdoors.
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Program No. 4381RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Orientation
Allens Park, CO
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Highlands Retreat Center

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.

DAY
2
Photographing Rocky Mountain National Park's Lily Lake, Highlands Nature Trail, Class Time
Allens Park, CO
B,L,D
Highlands Retreat Center

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages.

Morning: Optional sunrise photo walk; travel to Lily Lake for photo opportunities..

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

Afternoon: After lunch we will take a photo hike on the Highlands Nature Trail followed by classroom session on sunrise and waterfall techniques.

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.

DAY
3
Field trip to Bear Lake, Alberta Falls, MacGregor Ranch
Allens Park, CO
B,L,D
Highlands Retreat Center

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages.

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

Lunch: Box Lunch at Alberta Falls

Afternoon: After lunch 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.

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.

DAY
4
Sunrise at Sprague Lake, Beaver Meadows, Estes Park
Allens Park, CO
B,L
Highlands Retreat Center

Breakfast: In order to reach our sunrise location in time, today we will pack a box breakfast to eat near beautiful Sprague Lake.

Morning: Vans will depart before sunrise to photograph beautiful SpragueLake with dramatic mountain peaks in the background. After breakfast we will continue on to select locations in Rocky Mountain National Park including a Visitor Center.

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: This evening 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 the historic Stanley Hotel.

Evening: Free time

DAY
5
Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park's "Highway to the Sky"
Allens Park, CO
B,L,D
Highlands Retreat Center

Breakfast: We eat breakfast early to get started on our full day adventure.

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 at Lake Irene

Afternoon: We will return over Trail Ridge Road back towards Estes Park returning in time to select and prepare images for our evening show.

Dinner: Tonight we will have a special private dinner at our lodge.

Evening: View a presentation of your favorite images from the week!

DAY
6
Departures after breakfast
Allens Park, CO
B

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages.

Morning: Independent departures after breakfast