Colorado Wild Horses Photo Tour

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2+ Days
Availability : Year Round
Incl. up to 4 persons.
Min Age : 12+ with parent.
Max People : 4

Colorado Wild Horses



ild horses exist in many areas of the United States; however the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range is one of only three ranges in the USA set aside specifically to protect wild horse herds.  Its borders include over 36,000 acres of rugged canyons and plateaus providing a beautiful backdrop where the horses can be viewed and photographed. The range is home for 90-150 wild horses who roam the sagebrush and half dried stream beds that wind through the canyons.

Most of the mustangs which we will find are descendants of horses who escaped from ranchers and farmers as the west was being settled.  Smaller numbers have ancestor traced back Indian ponies.

About the Tour:

The Little Book Cliffs area is near the city of Grand Junction located on the far Western side of Colorado.  Due to the long distance from the Denver area, the tour requires a minimum of two days, while three+ days is recommended (4-5 hours of travel time is required each direction).  We usually will stay the night in the small towns of De Beque or Parachute providing the fastest access early in the morning (or late night returns).  Since the horses will tend to move during early and late hours we will tend to leave pre-dawn and/or return after dark.

Hiking or Driving? –  Many areas of the range are accessible with a 4×4 vehicle and require no hiking for us to find and view the horses, BUT that is limiting.  The horses roam where they may and if we want to increase our odds of find a herd hiking a few miles will help a lot.  Hiking into the canyons also provides more environmental variety to your final images.  The choice of whether to hike or not is totally up to you.

Is finding horses guaranteed?  Sorry, I’m a photographer, not a horse whisperer.  These horses are wild and as with any wild animal encounter there are no guarantees.  For this reason I recommend that a horse tour be integrated with some landscape options (see below) which are far more predictable.

Additional destinations:  There are several exceptional locations that can easily be integrated into our route to/from the Little Book location.  These include (depending on time of year) Mount EvansRocky Mountain National Park, Black Canyon, Colorado National Monument and many more.

Camera Equipment Rental:

Note that you will need a minimum of 300 mm lens to capture these horses properly. It is recommended that you bring as long a focal length as you can. If you wish to rent equipment for this tour we recommend using

Private Tours
We only offer private custom tours.
  • No group tours with us.We do not offer group tours. Your tour with Big Sun Photography is private for individuals or small private groups (up to 4 persons).
  • Customized for you.Even our "day trip" tours are customized for your physical needs and particular interests.
  • Flexible start and stop times.Morning, noon and night. Your tour is scheduled for the times you need. If you do not have a schedule to keep, then your guide will advise you on the best times for the destinations you have booked.
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Pickup from: Your Hotel in the Denver area.
Drop-off: Same location.

Pickup and Drop-off Times

Pickup and Drop-off times vary depending on the client’s scheduling needs and the destination.  This will be decided during the booking process with the help of your guide.

Price Includes

  • Professional Photography InstructionFrom a professional photographer and experienced instructor.
  • Transportation Jeep Wrangler Rubicon off-road vehicle.
  • Entrance FeesAll entrance fees are included.

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses.
  • Meals
  • Lodging for Clients & Guide.

Activity Requirements

  • Moderate walkingUp to 1 mile on relatively flat ground.
  • Easy hikingShort distances ( < 1/4 mile) with moderate to steep grade.
  • Moderate hikingUp to 1 mile with moderate to steep grade.
  • Difficult hiking1+ miles of steep grade.


  • Photography training notes (if requested).
  • Photos of participants during the tour (candids).
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