Dates: April 18 - 25, 2018

States: Colorado & New Mexico

Maximum Trip Capacity: 6 people

The Southern Rockies Photography Workshop

Photography Tour through Colorado & New Mexico


Day 1: Sandia Mountains & Pueblo Revival Architecture

Starting early in the morning, we take a scenic drive to the ridge of the Sandia Mountains. Stop in a historic New Mexican town with traditional architecture. Vineyards along the way.

Day 2: Great Sand Dunes & Taos Ski Valley

Drive into a scenic box canyon, home to a European-style ski resort town. Take sunset photographs of the tallest sand dunes in North America, all framed by the Sangre de Cristo Range in the background. Astrophotography of the Milky Way after dusk.

Day 3: Black Canyon of the Gunnison & Telluride

Witness a dramatic canyon that is known to receive only 30 minutes of light per day. Take a scenic gondola ride to an overlook with spectacular views of an old mining town turned ski resort.

Day 4: Ice Climbers & Silver Mining Town

Heading into the heart of the San Juan Mountains, we visit the most renowned ice climbing venue in the USA. We continue down a mountain road to a historic silver mining town.


Day 5: San Juan Mountains

On this day, the San Juan Mountains become our own personal playground as we shoot from various mountain passes, lakes and half-frozen waterfalls.


Day 6: Hot Springs & Mesa Verde 

We start the day off heading to a photogenic geothermal hot spring (soaking is optional). Photograph the infamous cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park.


Day 7: Bisti Badlands & Shiprock

The workshop is capped off by a drive through the desolate landscape of Northwestern New Mexico as we stop at an infamous "monadnock", the most famous landmark of the region. At sunset, we reach the jumbled sandstone and mudstone formations of the badlands.

Tour Price Includes:

2 Experienced Guides:

• Published Landscape Photography Instructor, Jakub Redziniak

• AHGA Certified Hiking Guide, Olivier Smolinski

•Round-Trip Flight to/from Albuquerque, New Mexico

(departure from cities of US origin)
•7 Nights Luxury Lodging in 4-star accommodations

•Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

•Transportation in Comfortable SUVs

•Very Small Group (max. 6 participants)

•Personal, one-on-one photographic instruction and guidance from Jakub

•Daily evening image review sessions and tips on processing your image files

•DRONE Footage
•All National Park & Other Entrance Fees
•Headlamps (For Tour Use, Before Sunrise or After Sunset)

Tour Price: $3900

Deposit: $1000 required to reserve your spot

Tour Price Does Not Include:

•Snacks & Drinks outside of water and 3 daily meals

•Alcoholic Beverages (1 drink at dinner included)

•International Flights ($200 rebate applied)

•Souvenirs and other Personal Expenses

•Medical Insurance


The trails we will hike vary in difficulty from easy to moderate;  the hardest hike will be 2 miles long round-trip (half of it is uphill, think 1 mile on a treadmill incline), to the top of a sand dune in Great Sand Dunes National Park.


Accepted payment methods are Credit Card, Venmo, QuickPay, PayPal or Cash.

A $1000 deposit is required to lock in your spot, the deposit is non-refundable. The remaining balance is due 1 month before the start of the tour. The remaining balance can be applied to any future photography workshop up until 3 weeks before the start of the tour. If cancelling within 3 weeks of scheduled tour departure, no trip costs can be refunded.

Note on Itinerary:
Although I do my very best to adhere to the tour schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond my control (weather conditions, road/trail closures, etc.).

Ice Climber
Great Sand Dunes
San Juan Mountains
Bisti Badlands
Silverton, Colorado



"Olivier’s Trails is a truly unique travel experience. Olivier's passion for the outdoors and adventure is reflected in his thoughtfully crafted itineraries. From the local culinary experiences, thrill inducing activities, to details such as timing to catch the sunset at some of the most magnificent peaks in the world, Olivier’s attention to detail and overall preparation is reflected in the day to day of his trips... Highly recommend to those looking to experience the world through the lens of the outdoors."


Chelsea, New York

"Upon my return, I was asked... How was your trip? and my response was... An adventure of a lifetime! Olivier is truly dedicated to what he does and his intense enthusiasm shines through. He had planned an adventure-packed, scenic trip that included everything from rock climbing to whitewater rafting and hot spring sunsets in the Pacific Northwest that I will always treasure... Olivier is passionate about what he does and you cannot go wrong joining him on his trails!"


Glendale, New York

"Olivier provided the most unique and adventurous way to enjoy the beauty Costa Rica has to offer. Rather than going on the typical tourist excursions, we were immersed into the local atmosphere in every way possible. From surfing, to rappelling waterfalls, each and everyday was its own extraordinary adventure.

Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful experience. I truly felt I was living my best life in Costa Rica!



Little Neck, New York

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