Shootout Durango Summer Itinerary - Branson Reynolds Photography

Summer Shoot-out
Itinerary for July 20-26, 2014

Sunday, July 20
We will meet this evening after everyone has arrived for dinner at Applebee's Restaurant, which is attached to the Durango Downtown Inn (800 Camino Del Rio Durango, CO 81301 (970) 247-5393). We'll have dinner together and plan an early evening so everyone can rest from their travels.As I mention in Lodging information, you are free to choose your own lodging accomodations, though I do recommend the Durango Downtown Inn for convenience.

Monday, July 21
We'll meet for breakfast at 7AM and then photograph the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Train and it heads north from Durango through the Animas Valley. We'll then travel through the spectacular scenery as we head towards Silverton where we'll photograph the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge train as it comes through the narrow gorge into town.

After lunch we'll wander the streets of Silverton, a National Historic District which at one time was known as one of the toughest towns of the west, and is full of "Americana". Then we'll head into Minnihaha Basin for some spectacular wildflower and mountain scenery. We'll be in Silverton tonight and tomorrow night.

Tuesday, July 22
We'll head north this morning along the Million Dollar Highway and over Red Mountain Pass to catch sunrise at Crystal Lake with Red Mountain glowing in the background. Then back through spectacular scenery to Silverton for lunch before heading up Stony Pass for wildflowers and spectacular mountain views. We'll spend the night again in Silverton.

Wednesday, July 23
We'll start the day along South Mineral Creek, then back to Silverton for another shoot of the train coming through the gorge, then we'll slowly shoot our way back to Durango where we'll be for the rest of the week.

Thursday, July 24
After breakfast we'll head towards Mesa Verde and the famous cliff dwellings of Cliff Palace, Spruce Tree House, Balcony House, and others.

Friday, July 25
We'll have a leisure morning wandering the streets of Durango where there are always photo opportunities, and especially since this the week of Fiesta Days. After lunch we'll head west into La Plata Canyon for more summer mountain scenery.

Saturday, July 26

The annual Fiesta Days Parade is at 10 AM this morning, and there are always wonderful opportunities to photograph cowboys on their horses, old stagecoaches, and all the things that go along with an old-time parade. The best shooting is actually prior to the parade so we'll plan to gather around 9AM. The workshop officially ends after the parade.