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Colorado Rocky Mountain Photography Tours

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Availability : Year Round
Start: Your Hotel
End: Your Hotel
Min Age : 12+ with parent.
Max People : 8
Tour Overview


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.
Single Day or Multi-Day
Spend as long as you like exploring and photographing.
  • Single Day ToursThis tour is suitable for a single day tour.
  • Multi-day ToursThis tour is also suitable for multi-day tours and can be combined with many of our other options.
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Pickup from: Your Hotel 
(Meet in Golden, CO for up to 1hr. extra time at the destinations).

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.
  • Travel InsuranceAlways a good idea for travelers.
  • MealsWe will stop for meals during the trip when requested.
  • Lodging (applicable only for multi-day tours)
  • Room Service Fees (applicable only to multi-day tours)Incidental fees you add to your room (i.e.: room service or phone calls).

Activity Requirements

  • Little to no walking
  • 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).
Tour Itinerary
Each day is another adventure!

Day 1:Itinerary Title

Itinerary Description and Details.

Transportation: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Overnight: xxxxxxxxx


General Q&A


  • Can I rent photography equipment through Big Sun Photography?

    Yes you can.  Big Sun offers Nikon full frame cameras including lenses (appropriate for the destination), tripod, camera strap, camera bag and cleaning supplies. (see pricing page)

    If you need something we don’t have we recommend using www.BorrowLenses.com . Using the link on this page will usually get you a discount.  You won’t beat the prices (even locally), you can get insurance coverage on your rentals and it is all done quick and easy via UPS.

  • Do I have to purchase travel insurance?

    No, but it’s never a bad idea, especially if you are planning a long multi-day trip with us.  Should anything go wrong (medical, injury, delays, breakdown) at least you will be covered for your losses.

  • Do I need to be an expert at photography?

    NO no no,,, you will receive professional instruction throughout the tour.  Your instructor will be available at all times at each location.  So come, enjoy AND learn.

  • What kind of clothing should I bring?

    Please remember that Colorado weather is quite variable.  Even when it’s warm in Denver it can easily be 40 F colder at the top of the mountains.  Snow and rain come and go with little warning.  So please make sure you are suitably prepared for the season.  If you are not sure what to bring please just give me a call.

  • What if I have specific food needs?

    If you have any specific food requirements please be sure to let me know now so that I can attempt to accommodate a suitable place to eat along the way. (no guarantees however, the mountains are limited in the type of food establishments available).

  • Will I get altitude sickness?

    Some people (very few) do get altitude sickness during my tours.  This is best combated by staying as hydrated as possible.  If you get overly nauseous or dizzy, then please let me know ASAP so we can drop altitude (sooner the better).

  • Will I get motion sickness?

    We will likely be traveling on curvy roads and/or bumpy trails.  If you are prone to motion sickness please take appropriate pre-cautions (most people find Dramamine to be relatively effective).

  • I have a fear of heights, what should I do?

    Colorado mountains are big and steep.  As such we will be on roads or locations with steep cliffs.  If this is going to be an issue for your, please make certain you bring this to our attention BEFORE you book your tour.  That way we can make suggestions for destinations that are appropriate.


Since all tours are customized for the client, so too are the accommodations.  You let us know what level of hotel you wish to stay at (and what you are willing to spend), then we will find and book the hotels best suited for our destinations.  

It is important to note that some destinations may not have what you want.  

  • You may want a budget hotel, but such rooms may not be available at the location we are visiting.  (Moab is a good example)
  • You may want a 5 star hotel, but accommodations are simple and limited at our destination (Grand Lake is an example)


Below are some example hotels that we often use.  

High End hotels and accommodationsHyatt Place Hotel  [visit website]
Fancy Pants (high end)

These hotels will have all the amenities that you may want usually with pools, spas, weight rooms and room service.



Mid Level accomodations for photography tour clients

Comfort Suites Dillon [visit website]

These hotels are pleasant, clean and comfortable but may lake any special features.




Budget hotels for photography tour clients

Argo Inn Idaho Springs [visit website]

Colorado is full of budget friendly hotels that are still very pleasant, clean and get the job done.  After all, in most destinations the hotel is not the attraction, it’s the nature around it.



*This list should be considered a guide only.


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