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American Basin, Animas Forks + Wildflower Photo Adventure

10/15/2018 @ 12:00 am



American Basin, Animas Forks Ghost Town, and the San Juan Mountains

Please note that this workshop will involve camping. If you do not have your own tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad, we will provide these.

Round trip transportation is included from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

American Photo Treks will provide breakfast and dinner every day!

Important Note: The $150.00 cost mentioned above is just to reserve your spot. The full price of the workshop is $600.00. The $450.00 balance will be billed separately.


Grand vistas, sunrise and sunsets, Colorado wildflowers, 4-wheel drive roads and back country camping, what more could a photographer ask for?

This summer American Photo Treks has revised it’s itinerary in order to provide the best opportunities this area has to offer. APT, will guide you and your camera to a fun and rewarding adventure.

We have expanded our 4-wheel drive routes where we will be camping for three nights under the night sky, along the Alpine Loop and other off-road camp sites. We will begin our route at the grand American Basin where we will be able to capture images of plentiful Colorado wildflowers. In the following days, we will traverse over mountain passes into Colorado’s back country and visit the past at Animas Forks Ghost Town. But the fun doesn’t stop there.

We will also be teaching classes throughout this workshop. Learn how to capture sunrise images with emotion and depth. Learn how to use ND filters to bring out the poetry in a waterfall and learn how to capture beautiful HDR images that jump off the canvas.


Day 1

We will meet at a predetermined location in Colorado Springs, and head out at 6:00 a.m. Our first stop will be in Gunnison, CO, where this may be the best place to gather any last minutes items needed. We will then continue towards Lake City for lunch and shortly after will begin our adventure to American Basin where we will capture the sunset on American Peak.

Day 2

We will pick up where we left off at American Basin and use the morning light to our advantage. We will then travel over Cinnamon Pass where we will stop and take in the bountiful 13,000 to 14,000 ft mountains in all directions. We’ll stop at Animas Forks Ghost Town and visit with the past at this well preserved Historic site. We will establish camp just a few hundred yards away from the ghost town and explore the area as it offers abundant opportunities for picturesque views.

Day 3

Just as you begin to think you can catch your breath, we will traverse further onto the San Juan’s 4×4 roads, where we will explore more photographic opportunities. We will cross the continental Divide and end our day along Stony Pass where we will spend yet another night under the bright stars. In the following morning we will rise early to photograph the sunrise at Kite Lake.

Day 4

After photographing the sunrise at Kite Lake we will eat breakfast and break camp. We’ll be heading out of the San Juan’s via Engineer Pass towards Lake city, there will be several photo opportunities along the way, but the goal is to get to Colorado Springs at a reasonable hour.

Note: We will provide a chemical toilet and private outhouse tent at the primitive camping locations.


• DSLR camera will be required for this workshop

• Day-pack-style camera bag

• Sturdy/lite tripod

• Remote shutter release

• Extra camera batteries (these tend to discharge faster at higher/colder climates)

• Extra storage cards (there will be lots to shoot, so bring plenty!)

• Wide-angle and telephoto lenses. A macro lens is also highly recommended

• Neutral Density filters (highly recommended)


Please note that ANY type of weather can be encountered during this time of year at these elevations and locations, including rain, snow, and wind. Dressing in layers is the best solution since it could be warm during the days, but below freezing at night. Make sure you also have sturdy hiking shoes, and hiking poles are also recommended. Please check back here often since things may be added to this list as we get closer to the workshop dates.

If you chose to bring your own camping gear, here is what we recommend:

• Sleeping bag (Please bring your own sleeping bag, a 15 to 25 deg bag is recommended – I’d rather be too hot than too cold – an extra blanket may be useful)

• A sleeping pad is highly recommended, as we will be sleeping on hard, rocky, mountain ground (Please don’t bring a cot or large items as we are limited to the space in our vehicles)

• A small tent (please DO NOT bring a large family-size tent as campsite space could be limited). – We may have a couple extras for you to use, but they will be in short supply. Please let us know right away if you’ll require one of our tents. Please note that you may need to share the tent with at least one other person


• Sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes/boots with appropriate socks (I love wool or smart wool socks as they help reduce moisture and they dry quicker when airing out to dry)

• A hat and sunglasses. The sun is very stark and unforgiving at these altitudes.

• Sun Block (see above)

• Cold weather jacket (for night time temperatures) and/or light jacket/windbreaker (for day time use)

• Gloves

• A towel or two

• Insect repellent

• Hiking poles (some trails may be a little rocky)

• Lunch Food and snacks (trail mix, nuts, energy bars, protein!, protein!, protein!). Please bring enough to cover you for the 2 days we won’t see any services. Day one and day four we’ll have the opportunity for stopping at stores

• Water (although we will be providing the water, you will need the containers to carry at least 2 quarts with you while hiking)

• Any medications you need

• Plastic garbage bags (for dirty clothes)

• Wildflower guidebooks (for identification)


• Please bring snacks to eat for each day

• We will have coolers to store snacks, please label your items with your name


• All transportation from and back to Colorado Springs, Colorado

• Breakfast and Dinner each day

• Water (including hot water for your dehydrated meals)

• Toilet paper

• Camp stoves

• Lanterns

• Ice Chests

• Cooking utensils and cups

• First aid kits

• Fun, friendship, and a love of photography!

Important, please read!

Please note you will be required to sign a liability waiver, which can be downloaded HERE (http://www.meetup.com/American-Photo-Treks-LLC/files/). All instructors are first-aid trained.


David Soldano
Lars Leber
Ken Childress
David Maynor


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