July 15 ~ 19, 2018
San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Colorado Wildflowers Photo Tour with Jeff Parker
The wildflower-filled mountain basins above timberline in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado produce the most beautiful landscapes that I’ve ever seen. During my “Colorado Wildflowers Photo Tour ~ 2018” we will base out of Silverton, Colorado and head out daily on the unpaved roads that lead to these mountain gems.

Limited to six (6) travelers ~  FIVE (5) spots available.

The trails range from smooth, graded county roads to fairly technical jeep trails. BUT…the locations I have scouted for the tour are all accessible via easy trails.

Four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive are handy but not really necessary for the locations we will visit. You will need some clearance such as offered by a pickup or SUV. If you don’t own a vehicle with clearance there are places to rent Jeeps in the area. I recommend ride sharing so we don’t have too long of a convoy heading up the trail. If you can get to Colorado, but are concerned about the dirt roads during photo shoots, email me.

The photography will feature mind-blowing landscapes, but a macro lens will also come in handy. I enjoy getting into the details of the flowers as much as I do imbibing on this region’s grand landscapes.

This all-inclusive tour includes lodging in a very large house we’ve reserved just for our group. *Please note: you’ll need to navigate stairs for all bedrooms.

During our time together, we’ll enjoy several delicious Mary O Meals & snacks (& pampering). If you’ve ever attended a workshop at Red Belly Ranch you know what a treat that’ll be! Mary O will also be offering a cooking class (included) for those interested in learning how to make one of her favorite meals.


• Macro techniques for capturing intimate wildflower images
• How to shoot unique flower “portraits”
• What to look for when incorporating wildflowers in landscape images
• How to master manual exposure
• What to do when it’s windy
• How to get that silky look with flowing water
• How to manipulate light for macro flower photography
• 4×4 driving tips for those interested (don’t worry, we’ll keep it tame :))
• How to make one of Mary O’s favorite dishes (for those interested in a cooking lesson)


PLEASE NOTE: This is an estimated schedule and we’ll do our best to stick to this itinerary, but certain conditions may necessitate changes. Good photographic experiences will be our goals at all times.

  • Sunday, July 15: Arrive between 3:00 & 6:00 pm. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the comfort of our own private residence, which includes only the guests joining us for this photo tour.
  • Monday, July 16: A simple breakfast (so you don’t have to get up any earlier). Then, head out long before dawn for your first photo shoot. Jeff will lead you up into the gorgeous San Juan Mountains for a landscape shoot (& any other type of photography that catches the eye along the way). Return to our lodge for a Mary O. lunch, nap, downloading, image review, etc. Then, come afternoon, we head back out to the “hills” for some more photography. Upon your return to our lodge, Mary O. will serve a delicious, homemade dinner & dessert.
  • Tuesday, July 17:  After breakfast, we’ll head out once more before dawn so we can nestle into our shot location in the San Juan’s in time for first light. We’ll return to our lodging for a yummy lunch. Then, some down time & image reviews. Head out again to create dramatic landscapes in the golden light of the setting sun. Return to a wonderful Mary O. meal & tasty dessert.
  • Wednesday, July 18: We’ll grab a quick breakfast then head out for a full day of photography fun. We’ll break for a boxed lunch in the field & shoot until our light leaves us. Upon our return, Mary O. will have our Farewell Dinner waiting. Dessert, laughs, & a good night’s sleep follow.
  • Thursday, July 19: Awake your final morn in your own room in our Silverton, Colorado house. Depart after a simple continental breakfast served with juice & hand-ground coffee. Checkout is at 10:00 am.


Single-occupancy (including your own bathroom) accommodations for four (4) nights. Of course paid couples can share a room! ~ just let us know so we can plan room assignments accordingly. *Please note: you’ll need to navigate stairs for all bedrooms.

Snacks, meals, & non-alcoholic drinks from dinner the evening of July 15th through breakfast on July 19th.

Bring laundry soap if you think you’ll need to do laundry as our lodging includes use of two washers & dryers.


Any other lodging that’s not included in the itinerary. Transportation to Silverton & transportation to shoot sites. Alcoholic beverages, medical expenses, and any other personal items.

Colorado Wildflowers Photo Tour with Jeff Parker


We’ll drive to all shot locations and the amount of walking you desire to do once we get there will be up to you. None of the shot locations I have in mind will necessitate serious walks or hikes. You’ll need to be comfortable with being in a vehicle on dirt roads. In addition, you’ll need to navigate stairs for all bedrooms.

The closest airports are Durango & Montrose.

The Durago-La Plata County Airport is 63 miles south (about 1 1/4 hours) of the town of Silverton. The Montrose Regional Airport is about 64 miles north of Silverton.

Please plan to arrive at our Silverton, Colorado lodge between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

We’ll send out more info, including packing lists, as your photo tour grows closer.

In the meantime, wondering what sort of photography equipment you might need for this tour? Check out the EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST for COLORADO WILDFLOWERS (PDF).

NOTE: You do not have to own everything on the checklist to get good shots of these amazing landscapes! It’s a list of recommended equipment. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!


DATES: Sunday evening, July 15 ~ Thursday morning, July 19, 2018
PRICE: $1,795
SPACE FOR: Six (6)  ~ FIVE (5) spots left ~

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Colorado Wildflowers Photo Tour with Jeff Parker