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Rocky Mountain National Park at Night II

09/07/2018 @ 5:30 pm - 09/08/2018 @ 2:00 am


We had a great time on the first one, so lets do it again!!!

Rocky Mountain National Park is right in our back yard.  We invite you to spend a night with us exploring the park under the stars.

We’ll start the evening by meeting at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at 5:30 pm.  From there, we’ll drive up Trail Ridge Road towards the Alpine Visitor Center for sunset.  We’ll photograph the sunset from a scenic location on this majestic mountain road.

After sunset, we’ll photograph the Milky Way from several locations on Trail Ridge Road, including a beautiful alpine lake.  We’ll work our way down Trail Ridge Road making a few stops along the way to capture the Milky Way over Longs Peak.  By the time sun rises, you will have filled your memory card with some spectacular night sky images.

What you need:

  • Camera (capable of ISO 3200+)
  • Fast lens (f/2.8 or faster), wide angle ideal
  • Tripod
  • Shutter release
  • Dress warmly in layers


Friday night / Saturday morning September 7-8, 2018.

Saturday night / Sunday morning September 8-9, 2018 will be a backup in case the conditions are such that we need to postpone a night.


  • Please understand the weather can be somewhat unpredictable. We will make our best judgement by noon on Thursday before the workshop to determine if the conditions will be favorable for night photography during the workshop.
  • If we have to cancel the Meetup due to weather, the workshop will be rescheduled and you will have the option to request a refund, or be automatically RSVP’d for the rescheduled Meetup.
  • It is suggested that carpooling be done if possible. This will be a late night, so company while driving increases safety. We are not organizing transportation for this outing.
  • We will be assisting with composition, exposure, etc. to help ensure that you return with Milky Way photographs you’ll be happy with. We are familiar with Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras. It is assumed that you know the basics of your camera operation.
  • We will be sending out recommended shooting settings prior to the workshop. Please test them on your camera and lens prior to the workshop.
  • After the workshop, a link to a short processing video will be sent to all attendees to give you a starting point for processing your images from the night.

Cancellation Policy:

A full refund will be given if cancellation is made by 9:00 pm, Tuesday, September 4th, 2018. After that, no refunds will be given unless your spot is filled. If your spot can be filled, a full refund will be given.

The weather in Colorado can be unpredictable. We will be watching the conditions closely the day prior and day of the workshop. Please be watching your email for updates earlier in the day prior to the workshop time.

If we make the decision to proceed with the workshop, it is because we expect conditions to be favorable for photographing the Milky Way. In some cases, there may be cloud cover when the workshop starts. If this is the case, it is because we expect conditions to clear. It may take a couple of hours for this to occur. If you leave early due to conditions and the conditions improve, no refunds or other consideration will be given.

Liability Waivers:

You will be required to read, sign, and return an Acknowledgement of Risks form. 

Please email completed form to workshops@americanphototreks.com. Please include a contact phone number so that we can reach you in the event of any last minute changes.


  1. Alison

    Anyone interested in carpooling from the Westminster/Broomfield area?

    • DJ12640

      I am interested in car pooling and willing to pay gas for anyone willing to drive. Coming from COS and willing to meet along the way or at the meet up site.

      • DJ12640

        If anyone wants to car pool, I would be happy to and would pay for gas. Coming from COS but willing to meet along the way. Feel free to text me at(201) 741-3980.

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09/07/2018 @ 5:30 pm
09/08/2018 @ 2:00 am
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Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
1000 US-36
Estes Park, CO 80517 United States
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David Maynor
David Soldano
Ken Childress
Lars Leber


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