Northwest New Mexico Photo Tour
This photo tour focuses on the northwestern corner of New Mexico. The entire area is largely made up of high desert with geologic features such as Shiprock, Angel’s Peak and an extensive area of badlands such as Bisti and Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah. This vast area has a rich history of ancient Puebloan civilizations dating between 850 and 1250 A.D with Chaco Canyon being the major political, ceremonial and trading hub.
We will start and end our adventure in Albuquerque, NM. If you are flying in I will pick you up at the airport at arrival and drop up you off at the airport at the end of our tour.
This tour requires good health and physical condition. Be prepared for daily hikes and camping in the wilderness.
The photo tour is suited for beginners, advanced and semi-pro photographers. Participants must have a working knowledge of their camera.
Date: November 11-15, 2020
Schedule: On our first day I will pick you up at your hotel or I will meet you at a predetermined spot in Albuquerque at 8 am. After loading all gear onto my car we will depart to the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness. The drive is about 3 hours and we will in sequence explore and photograph this vast badland through sunset.
We will than drive to our overnight spot, prepare our dinner, set up our tents and go to sleep.
Day two starts with a very early wake up and a hike to a very specific geologic formation which defies gravitational law. After the sunrise shooting we return to our car for breakfast and taking down our tents. We drive now to the Valley of Dreams. A ¾ mile hike will take us to a very specific collection of hoodoo formations. We will have enough time to explore it and craft our images until sunset. If weather allows we will stay now at the hoodoos, have a simple dinner and wait for the darkness to embark than in night photography.
Once back to our base camp we get into our tents and sleeping bags for a well deserved sleep.
The third day starts slowly as we got a busy night. After fixing our breakfast and taking down all the tents we move on to Bisti Badlands. A spot called the “Cracked Eggs” is waiting for us to photograph it until sunset.
This night we will not stay in out tents. We need some civilization, comfort beds and a shower. We will drive for this purpose to Farmington and have also some dinner at a restaurant.
Day four is again an early wake up day. We drive to Shiprock to be there before dawn and sunrise. The remaining day will be for leisure (maybe looking and sorting your new images on your laptop and first post-processing attempts). At afternoon we will be at Angel’s Peak
On our fifth day we will catch Angel’s Peak in the morning light. After breakfast and putting our camping gear away we will drive back to Albuquerque and conclude the photo tour.
Strenuous rating: Moderate. As a mainly camping based workshop participants should become prepared for an outdoor experience. I have a restroom shelter and potable water at the campsite. Drinking water is available all time. The restroom shelter can also be used for a hot water shower. Individual tents can be provided. You will have to bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping pad.
Tour price: US$ 1,280
– driving, guiding and coaching
– highly equipped high-clearance, 4-wheel car + off road trailer (including stove, refrigerator, kitchen utensils, hot shower, toilet, chairs, table)
– all camping gear, with exception of sleeping bag, mattress and pillow
It does NOT include:
Fifty percent is to be paid in advance (non-refundable, unless in the unlikely happening of the tour being cancelled). The remaining 50% is due 30 days before the trip.
Payments may be made with Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Upon payment of your deposit, I will send you an information packet including suggestions for camera equipment, computer and software, clothing and travel.
No refunds will be given for unused portions of our photo tour. I highly recommend an independent travel insurance. Knowing you have 100% trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason.
This is a three participants only tour!
Do you have any questions? Please do not hesitate and contact me.
Any trips I organize or organize with another photographer are private and non-business. I am a physician by trade and I take people along with me on my trips because I enjoy the company and the opportunity to help people get to know and photograph the Southwest. I do not make a business out of it. My goal is to have a pleasant, safe trip with artistic value photography as a result. We share expenses, gear, ideas, and experiences. We do nothing that would require me or a co-host to be a concessionaire or CUA holder in any federal or state lands we may visit or photograph. We will not be going anyplace on public lands that are not generally open to the public. No photographs you take on public lands may be used to promote the sale or use of a product or service. We will not do any “commercial filming” as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations nor will we do any “still photography” that would require a permit from any agency administering any public land which we photograph.
We will respect nature, leave only footprints where we are allowed to leave footprints, and take only our images, memories, and friendships home with us.