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Colorado Fall Colors

Rocky Mountain High With a Camera

TWP MTS1114

The Rocky Mountains vie with New England as America’s most spectacular spot for autumn photography, and nowhere else in the Rockies can one find richer, brighter autumn colors than in southwestern Colorado. The San Juan Mountains, geologically the youngest subrange of the Rocky Mountain chain, boast not only immense virgin stands of quaking aspen—the most colorful trees in the West—but also a photogenic mountain topography of soaring, saw-toothed summits and deep, breathtaking valleys.

We explore this vibrant landscape at the very peak of the season and observe whole mountainsides ablaze with the vivid yellow, orange and red hues of the transformed aspen leaves. Often, at this time of the year, the mountain summits will be dusted with white from the first snowfall, imparting the seasonal drama of the coming cold winter to the panorama of warm autumn tones below. Imagine this scene under the crisp blue of high altitude skies and you will have an idea of the photographic treat in store for us during this weeklong shoot!

As we shift with the advancing color from valley to valley, the constantly changing vistas promise enough photographic variety to fill three or four weeks of shooting—not just one. We capture the scenic panoramas encompassing Ralph Lauren’s Double RL Ranch, the imaginative zigzag patterns of classic western-style aspen bole fences, and pass through a number of well-preserved historic mining towns. Included in our shoot are visits to historic Silverton and the world-famous resort of Telluride. At every turn, we enjoy and photograph one of the finest displays of autumn leaf color in the West.

This Colorado photo tour is an especially good shoot for those wanting or needing individualized photography assistance in the field. Learn the techniques to design some of the best in western landscape photography—plan to join us to capture the exceptional splash of fall colors in the Colorado Rockies!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 (September 29, 2024)
Participants arrive at Montrose airport for the afternoon transfer by group van to our tour hotel in Telluride. (D)

Days 2 - 6
With only one hotel as our base, we spend these five full days photographing aspen forests—framed by rugged mountains or reflected in glassy lakes—all ablaze in backlit glory. We concentrate on locations made famous by a host of contemporary photographers, including the spectacular scenics of Dallas Divide, the superb high country along the Million Dollar Highway, the Uncompahgre Plateau and the back roads of Owl Creek Pass leading to Courthouse Rock—the filming location for two classic John Wayne movies, True Grit and Cimarron. Our daily itinerary and workshop topics will depend upon the weather and on the continually changing altitudinal aspen palette, as we seek out and photograph the shimmering yellows and golds of aspens at their peak of color. (BLD)

Day 7 (October 5)
We drive to the Montrose airport for return flights home. (B)

Tour Details

Sep 29 2024 – Oct 05 2024
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Fee: $5,795 from Montrose, Colorado
Deposit: $1,500
Limit: 7 participants
Activity Level: Easy

Tour Highlights

  • Photograph Colorado’s rugged mountain landscapes during the peak of autumn color—with a chance of snow
  • Stunning scenery, fresh mountain air, historic mining towns—and great food
  • Only one convenient hotel for the entire trip
  • Improve your photography skills while learning about light, color and design on location
  • Trip includes all meals, lodging, ground transportation, entrance fees, photo guide and instruction

Testimonials

The setting was spectacular! I have been to Colorado many times, but none more photogenic than this. Great leadership. The group size was just right. This was my fourth tour and I hope to join another Van Os trip next year.
– Susan L.

The tour leader is a very nice and thoughtful person. He took care everyone in the group. I’m the beginner and he taught me a lot in the field.
– L. J.

Tour Details

Sep 29 2024 – Oct 05 2024
Register Now
Fee: $5,795 from Montrose, Colorado
Deposit: $1,500
Limit: 7 participants
Activity Level: Easy
TWP MTS1114

The Rocky Mountains vie with New England as America’s most spectacular spot for autumn photography, and nowhere else in the Rockies can one find richer, brighter autumn colors than in southwestern Colorado. The San Juan Mountains, geologically the youngest subrange of the Rocky Mountain chain, boast not only immense virgin stands of quaking aspen—the most colorful trees in the West—but also a photogenic mountain topography of soaring, saw-toothed summits and deep, breathtaking valleys.

We explore this vibrant landscape at the very peak of the season and observe whole mountainsides ablaze with the vivid yellow, orange and red hues of the transformed aspen leaves. Often, at this time of the year, the mountain summits will be dusted with white from the first snowfall, imparting the seasonal drama of the coming cold winter to the panorama of warm autumn tones below. Imagine this scene under the crisp blue of high altitude skies and you will have an idea of the photographic treat in store for us during this weeklong shoot!

As we shift with the advancing color from valley to valley, the constantly changing vistas promise enough photographic variety to fill three or four weeks of shooting—not just one. We capture the scenic panoramas encompassing Ralph Lauren’s Double RL Ranch, the imaginative zigzag patterns of classic western-style aspen bole fences, and pass through a number of well-preserved historic mining towns. Included in our shoot are visits to historic Silverton and the world-famous resort of Telluride. At every turn, we enjoy and photograph one of the finest displays of autumn leaf color in the West.

This Colorado photo tour is an especially good shoot for those wanting or needing individualized photography assistance in the field. Learn the techniques to design some of the best in western landscape photography—plan to join us to capture the exceptional splash of fall colors in the Colorado Rockies!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 (September 29, 2024)
Participants arrive at Montrose airport for the afternoon transfer by group van to our tour hotel in Telluride. (D)

Days 2 – 6
With only one hotel as our base, we spend these five full days photographing aspen forests—framed by rugged mountains or reflected in glassy lakes—all ablaze in backlit glory. We concentrate on locations made famous by a host of contemporary photographers, including the spectacular scenics of Dallas Divide, the superb high country along the Million Dollar Highway, the Uncompahgre Plateau and the back roads of Owl Creek Pass leading to Courthouse Rock—the filming location for two classic John Wayne movies, True Grit and Cimarron. Our daily itinerary and workshop topics will depend upon the weather and on the continually changing altitudinal aspen palette, as we seek out and photograph the shimmering yellows and golds of aspens at their peak of color. (BLD)

Day 7 (October 5)
We drive to the Montrose airport for return flights home. (B)

Tour Highlights

  • Photograph Colorado’s rugged mountain landscapes during the peak of autumn color—with a chance of snow
  • Stunning scenery, fresh mountain air, historic mining towns—and great food
  • Only one convenient hotel for the entire trip
  • Improve your photography skills while learning about light, color and design on location
  • Trip includes all meals, lodging, ground transportation, entrance fees, photo guide and instruction

Testimonials

The setting was spectacular! I have been to Colorado many times, but none more photogenic than this. Great leadership. The group size was just right. This was my fourth tour and I hope to join another Van Os trip next year.
– Susan L.

The tour leader is a very nice and thoughtful person. He took care everyone in the group. I’m the beginner and he taught me a lot in the field.
– L. J.

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