Preserve Colorado Experiences via Photographic memory

Everyone is taking pictures and videos and all the social media sites love pictures!  We have become a visual society.  The journey is beautiful; be sure to capture the photos for your memories.  What Kodak and Polaroid “started” has been consumed by all of  “I” tools from Apple.  Who would have thought that the iPhone would surpass typical cameras in the volume of photos taken?

Well, here in the 4 Corners  there are fantastic, very special photo opportunities.   Mesa Verde National Park, a World Heritage Site,  coaches visitors ahead of their arrival by including information on the park website which points out that afternoon is best at most sites.

But for those  who are serious about their photos,  fall hands-on seminars are the way to go.

A great photographers’ event is the special ride on the Durango Silverton Train on Sept. 28 and 29.  Bob Scott from Sundance Bear Lodge packed up his new Cannon Power Shot and  rode the train on the 2012 excursion, and is still exclaiming a year later  about what a grand experience it was!  The train photos and video on the Sundance Bear web site  ( were the product of  last fall’s excursion.

Amateur or professional photographer it doesn’t matter – the thrill is incredible to take photos or video as the train steams past in the Animas River high mountain gorge.  Multiple times during the trip the photographers disembark to set up for the next series of photos.  In 2014 the train will include some of the special, premium cars  with their distinctive Tuscan-red paint scheme. The following coaches are available for the Fall Photo Train:

Presidential Class Nomad — Originally built in 1878, is being brought out for this special train. First Class Knight Sky –Built in 2012, has a glass roof allowing for overhead viewing! The sides are open to the weather.    First Class Tall Timber — One of the cars built recently to transport the Soaring Treetop Adventures.   Deluxe Class Rio GrandeRelax in a roomier, adult atmosphere aboard this open-air observation gondola. This class features comfortable and larger overstuffed seats with more expansive viewing windows.  Deluxe Class San Juan with classroom workshop. A ‘rolling’ workshop with renowned landscape photographer Branson Reynolds on board to assist and instruct .

The D&SNG have thought of everything for this photo experience.  Call 888-872-4607 to reserve a seat.

Why sign up for a workshop?  Participants at Mesa Verde National Park will visit sites around the park at times designed to capture ideal lighting conditions, and at hours when they’re closed to the general public!  The Mesa Verde Association  has a three-day  photography workshop led by well known photographer and Northern Arizona University Professor Emeritus Dr. Gene Balzer. For further information or to register  call 800-305-6053. Don’t dilly dally; this workshop will be sold out.

The 2013 dates are  October 11-13 ( limited to 13 participants)  to ensure plenty of personalized coaching. Tuition includes three days of instruction,  all meals and the highlight is two dinners at the famed Metate Room Restaurant.  Visitors are typically stunned at how good this restaurant is!

Even  if you are unable to schedule one of these special photographer events, there is enormous beauty to capture everywhere you turn during fall in the San Juan Mountains.  Hike, horseback ride, bicycle or more and you’ll soon be in the midst of breath-taking beauty.  Colorado quaking aspen are the iconic photos. When was the last time you were awed by Mother Nature’s displays? In Colorado it happens every day!

Use Sundance Bear Lodge just outside of Mancos as your base camp while you photograph Mesa Verde or the beauty of the San Juan Skyway. Day trips in the national forest provide different photo opportunities at each elevation from 7000 to 9000 or higher. This world is worth exploring and photographing! Have you made Fall travel  plans yet?

The family can kick off their shoes, rest and enjoy the comforts of Sundance Bear while the photographer is gone for a day.  By the way, the wildlife photos hanging at Sundance Bear are the work of internationally recognized professional Thomas Mangelson.  Sundance Bear Lodge  accommodates up to 20 guests in three buildings.  The Lodge is B&B service; the Log Cabin  has a B&B option; Forest Edge guest house is self cater. Hot tub and sauna on site.  Two dogs and 2 cats to play with in case you left furry friends at home.

Contact Susan Scott 866-529-2480

Sundance Bear Lodge, Mancos, CO

Sundance Bear Lodge
Willowtail Springs