Safari Information Reservations Guide: Brent Paull
Wow.  The San Juan Mountains in Colorado are amazing.  We begin the first morning by shooting Maroon Bells, before traveling to the Crystal Mill, then southwest to the San Juan Mountains around Telluride, Ouray, and Durango. We spend time exploring many of the well-maintained dirt roads into the San Juan National Forest as well as shooting the iconic Red Mountain Mining District between Ouray and Silverton. 

We finish the final day in Mesa Verde National Park, photographing the Cliff Palace and other Indian Ruins, and hopefully the huge mule deer bucks and wild horses in the park.  This safari is limited to 5 photographers and you are welcome to drive your own vehicle.  It is one breathtaking landscape after another, with wildlife surprising us somewhere on every trip.

For those not traveling with me we usually meetup in Glenwood Springs, Colorado along Interstate 70. If you intend to fly-in to the safari or back from it, I would suggest Grand Junction, CO as the arrival/departure airport, both for the airfare price and car rentals. Weather is usually cool, but can change suddenly, so I suggest typical fall high elevation clothing: gloves, knit hat, all-weather coat, boots, etc.   

The deposit is 50% via check, Paypal, or credit card, and the balance is due halfway between the deposit date and the safari date unless you are booking within 3 months, then full payment is due.  Check the main safari page for other information.  Spouses can ride along at no charge, but you must have your own vehicle.  Link 

This safari is 5 days long.

I've spent my 38-year wildlife photography career shooting in the American West.  The first 23 years shooting out of Utah, the past 15 years out of California.  With 1500 published photo credits, dozens of magazine covers and article, and a lifetime wandering the roads of the west, the photo safaris that I lead are all to the best locations, at the best times, during peak wildlife activity periods.  What a rush it has been.
Difficulty Level Dates

Easy  -  Some walking, little hiking. Wednesday, October 4-8    $1750
It's hard to describe just how beautiful this mountain range is, even photos don't do the totality of it justice.  We literally are shooting all day and have to force ourselves to stop for meals, it is that good.  The light is never bad, and if you get tired of the color, then there are the mining ruins that are everywhere, from the Red Mtn Mining District to Silverton, but no road is without cool looking mining relics of a history long past. I've never had a bad weather day on this safari, but I'm looking forward to it when it finally comes.  Snow is the icing on the landscape cake, and with striking colors throughout the San Juan's, setting up dazzling visual images would be pretty easy.  There are whole mining communities lost in time to photograph - Yankee Girl Mine, Alta Lakes, Silver Ledge Mine, and the Congress Mine to name just a few.
Bonus Safari Discount Participants - maximum of 5 photographers. Information Links
Participating in four 1-day safaris  (or 4 cumulative safari days) earns you 1 free safari day that can be applied to any future safari. Image Galleries:   San Juan Mtns    Mesa Verde NP Safari Checklist - Link
Published Tearsheets - Link
Brent's Biography - Link  
 

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