Monday 28th September – Thursday 15th October 2020
Tour Cost £2,750 (Plus flights)
is no doubt that a visit to Yellowstone and the Rocky Mountains
in the autumn is an outstanding experience for any photographer
with a love of the natural world. Yellowstone National Park with
its thermal features, wildlife, rivers and mountain scenery is an
amazing photographic location in the golden colours of the fall.
Couple this with the golden aspen covered hillsides of the Rocky
Mountains and such great locations as Grand Teton and Great Sand
Dunes National Parks makes our Rocky Mountain Gold tour one not
begin our tour in Denver and drive north past the famous Wild West
town of Laramie to Lander, situated close to the famous Oregon Trail.
From here we head through the Wind River Wilderness to Yellowstone.
This giant park is rightly regarded as the finest of the National
Parks found in the United States. It contains more than 10,000 hydrothermal
features, many of which are easily accessible to photographers.
This coupled with the abundance of wildlife, rugged mountain scenery
and a variable weather pattern makes every visit to the park different.
Here at Photoventures
we have been visiting the park for more than 23 years and have made
many visits during that time. This experience puts us in an excellent
position to offer our customers the best advice on when and where
to photograph in this most magnificent of National Parks. We know
how to maximise your visit to enable you to see all the best areas
at the best times for photography. This has been instrumental in
discovering some iconic locations that our customers want to visit.
Our time in Yellowstone will be used to maximise your photography
and if the weather conditions are right we will make early morning
starts to the finest dawn shoots. We will of course also be taking
you to some of the sites that we have put on the photographic map,
such as Tangled Creek. Bathed in autumn light with the changing
colours, this is Yellowstone at its finest. With the weather often
getting down to between minus 10 - 20ºC at this time of year,
Yellowstone also offers magical conditions.
The tour will
be centred around your visit to Yellowstone but will include visits
to many best spots for photography. From Yellowstone, we head south
to visit the breathtaking Grand Teton National Park. Our visit will
include time spent exploring through the park at sites such as Oxbow
Bend, String and Jenny Lakes. We will of course have dawn shoots
at the Moulton Barn and evening at Schwabachers Landing as well
as exploring many other exciting photographic sites in the area.
From here our
tour takes us south into the heart of the Rocky Mountains through
Flaming Gorge and Dinosaur National Parks. We will visit Aspen and
climb the Independence Pass as well as Maroon Bells and Marble Canyon
and McClure Pass all stunning photographic locations. From Montrose
we drive south to Durango a route that offers some spectacular landscapes
that come alive with the golden aspens and the mountain views such
as that from the Dallas Divide. At Silverton you have the option
to join the Durango & Silverton Railroad as it follows the spectacular
valley of the Animas River. If the train is not for you then you
can drive to Durango along the Million Dollar Highway where you
may witness swathes of aspen covered mountainsides as far as the
eye can see. This makes for superb photography. From Durango, we
head to Chama giving you another opportunity to capture images of
the nostalgic steam railroad at the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad
as it climbs through the autumnal New Mexico and Colorado landscape
to Antonito. From here we visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park
to capture these massive Dunes in the evening light. Our tour ends
with a return to Denver; however, we have one more highlight for
you to photograph, the USAF Chapel at Colorado Springs. This magnificent,
modern stainless steel and glass chapel offers fabulous photography
both externally and internally. Its unique design of ribbed steel
interspersed with modern stained glass makes it like no other and
as such it is a must to photograph.
The Rocky Mountain
Gold tour offers an extensive range of photography in some of the
finest locations to be found anywhere. No visit to these areas will
ever disappoint and this tour will leave you with many photographs
and memories of an area that is one of the most sought after of
locations to visit in the autumn.