For this safari we travel to two great locations - Mt. Evans for
Rocky Mountain Goats, Bighorn Sheep, and Pika - and to Rocky Mountain National Park for bighorn
sheep, elk, and black bears. Mt. Evans has the highest paved road leading
to its summit in North America, 14,271 feet. The goats feast on alpine
plants and walk unhindered all around us. There are opportunities to shoot
the Nanny goats with their kids, as well as single Billy goats. The views
are spectacular all around, even distant Denver can be seen from the top.
At this height the wind can be very strong and it can get extremely cold so
layers and a warm outer coat are a must. This safari is timed in late
August so most of the goats have shed their winter coats, and Mt.
Evans can close as early as the beginning of September do to any
If you don't travel with me we meet in Colorado at the chosen hotel,
previously we stayed in Idaho Springs on I-70, and photographed the
goats on Mt. Evans first followed by
photography in Rocky Mountain National Park.
We stay in Grand Lake for that with access just two miles away to the south
entrance to RMNP.
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.
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.
Physical exertion at this elevation can lead to some
dizziness and/or headaches, so come prepared with ibuprofen.
Staying hydrated is important as well. We do some very
limited walking on Mt. Evans. Usually a night at the
hotel in Idaho Springs (8500 ft elevation) gets you
accustomed to the higher elevations. Rocky Mtn
National Park isn't near as high and difficult when walking
After two days shooting Mt. Evans we travel a short distance to
Rocky Mountain National Park and spend the rest of the safari days shooting there. The forests are full
of bull elk and moose preparing for the rut, while the high mountain ridges have
bighorn sheep. In 2019 we really had great battling bull elk encounters
with rutting bull elk. Both these locations give us opportunities for
grand landscape vistas and alpine lakes.