Rocky Mountain National Park in Winter

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There’s nowhere like Rocky Mountain National Park in winter!

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This is absolutely one of the most stunning parks in the National Park Service system, surrounded by 14,000 foot + peaks with lakes and streams in almost every direction! Winter is a great time to visit the park, as it’s officially “the off season” with far fewer crowds than other times of the year. In the words of John Denver, “we’ll walk in quiet solitude, the rivers and the streams, Seeking grace in every step we take, we’ll turn the sights inside ourselves, to try and understand, the serenity of a clear blue mountain lake…we’ll talk to God and listen to the casual reply … Rocky Mountain High, Colorado ….”

Cost: $525 for the 3-day adventure

Fitness Level: Easy

Most photography will take place within several hundred yards to a mile from where we park our vehicles. Terrain is typically level and smooth but can be uneven and the walks up and down hills will have minimal elevation change. We will be doing some meditation and mindfulness exercises in nature, which may require you to be able to sit on the ground and get back up. It’s suggested that you bring “spikes” for your boots as it can be icy around the lakes and trails this time of year. Yes, I’ve slipped a few times here myself!

“Easy” means you are able to:

• Stay out for most of the day, driving, walking, and carrying your gear

• Climb several flights of stairs without difficulty

• Walk on uneven ground without assistance

• Walk on wet, slippery surfaces without assistance

• Step over obstacles (like a log on a trail)

Experience Level:

This adventure is appropriate for all levels of photographers. If you are a beginner, I can offer assistance in the field with your camera and composition, and if you are a more experienced photographer and would like to be left alone to do your own thing, I can do that too! Part of the joy of a weekend adventure like this is the opportunity to spend time with like-minded people. That said, we will be spending time on centering and mindfulness meditations in nature, photographic composition and creative Lightroom techniques to take home some beautiful photographic art. We’ll try to strike that balance between doing and not-doing.

Expected Weather in Rocky in February:

The average daytime temperature in Rocky Mountain National Park in February is 28 degrees and the average overnight temps run in the low teens. Rocky Mountain National Park gets a fair amount of snow in February also, with about half the days registering some precipitation. Brrr! This is definitely a winter wonderland adventure! So, dress in layers. Silk underwear, a snowsuit or pants, a sweater, and a coat is not unreasonable to pack. Don’t forget your cap, scarf and mittens or gloves! I like to wear skin-like black gloves that allow me to shoot while wearing them, and then a pair of mittens with no fingers over them, I’ve been known to break open the hand warmers and foot warmers and insert them in my socks and gloves as well. A thin pair of silk socks with a thicker pair of winter socks is something I sometimes do We’ll be getting up early before sunrise on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, so it will be cold! You can peel as you warm up. Bottom line: It’s cold in the Colorado mountains in winter!


Friday, February 25, 2022: We’ll meet at a location TBD at around 4pm to make introductions and go over some basic photography instruction, including composition and camera settings. We’ll talk about mindfulness and a spirit of contemplation while in nature and do a short centering meditation. We’ll meet for dinner (Dutch Treat) and then break for the evening, resting for our early morning shoot the next day.

Saturday, February 26, 2022: We’ll rise before sunrise and carpool to our sunrise location. After a brief centering meditation in nature, we’ll position ourselves for sunrise. After shooting sunrise and some beautiful winter scenes, we’ll break for breakfast mid-morning and then spend some personal time on our own. We’ll meet up again mid-afternoon for a Lightroom tutorial and then head back out to shoot sunset somewhere in the park. We’ll stop for dinner on the way back.

Sunday, February 27, 2022: Up early again for another sunrise in Rocky Mountain National Park. Today, after breakfast we’ll share photos and do a light group critique.


• Water and snacks will be provided while we are in the field, and during classroom instruction. It’s recommended that you bring your own reusable water bottle so that only one large container will need to be purchased and we can re-fill all water bottles from that. This is more eco-friendly than providing individual plastic water bottles.

• All permits and fees to enter Rocky Mountain National Park

• Meditation and Mindfulness instruction

• Photographic instruction, classroom and in the field

• Image reviews, critiques & post-processing instruction

• Fun! Inspiration! A great time in Rocky Mountain National Park!


• Air transportation to and from Denver, Colorado

• Ground Transportation during the workshop – recommend car rental – we’ll carpool

• Lodging – you’ll want to book right away as lodging fills up in RMNP this time of year!

• Meals

• Medical Evacuation & Travel Insurance (optional but highly recommended – available through Allianz, AAA and other companies)


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