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Fri, Apr 19


Organ Mountains

Southern New Mexico: Organs and White Sands 2019

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Southern New Mexico: Organs and White Sands 2019
Southern New Mexico: Organs and White Sands 2019

Time & Location

Apr 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – Apr 21, 2019, 12:00 PM

Organ Mountains, Organ Mountains, New Mexico 88011, USA

About The Event

Hi All! I hope you'll join me exploring the Organ Mountains and southwest area this spring. We will spend three days working the eastern and western sides of these incredible mountains based on light and weather reading light aiming for our best shot. Being situated in Las Cruces allows us the best opportunity for these conditions and also being so close to White Sands National Park we will be able to navigate and really work this area to its fullest potential. This trip will really be one where we focus on light, clouds, conditions, composition and head wherever we need to capture the images we are looking for. We may spend a night in Alamogordo to allow easier access to White Sands as well for sunrise. Below is a tentative shooting itinerary which is subject to change based on weather and light.

Note: Optional for Thursday evening, April 18: Driving to Las Cruces can be a bit long and I recommend staying in Santa Fe Thursday evening to break up the drive. This will make Friday's few hours much more comfortable and you'll be ready to get out and explore our first evening there, Friday, April 19th. There is a great inn I love that's close to I25 as well, the Pecos Trail Inn, 2239 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe NM 87505. They also have a great restaurant on-site with really tasty New Mexican fare. Rates are about $80 per night and it's a rarity in being one of the remaining family-run establishments like this. It's an awesome little spot and super comfy.

Proposed Workshop Itinerary - TBD and may change, sleeping is fixed:

Day 1, Friday, April 19:

Arrive Las Cruces and check-in to our accommodation around 2pm. Feel free to arrive anytime before if you would like. This first evening (Friday) we will explore this area learning how to read the desert finding compositions in this challenging environment. It's so much fun! We will photograph sunset this first evening and get ready for sunrise the following morning.

Recommended Sleeping arrangement, 1 night (Friday): Comfort Inn & Suites, 1300 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces, 8805, (575) 527-1050

Day 2, Saturday, April 20:

We will wake up early and spend sunrise in the Organs. The eastern side is perfect for sunrise allowing for the sun to rise in the east and illuminate the peaks, including the Rabbit Ears formation. It's such a dramatic landscape and these peaks remind me of a Patagonia of the Southwest. After sunrise we will head to breakfast and talk about the morning's shoot while eat pancakes and bacon. This afternoon will be dedicated to spending time in White Sands National Park hiking and scouting preparing for sunset searching for leading lines, shapes in sand and possibly some wildflowers that bloom in the dunes. We will be scouting our locations for sunset this evening in the park preparing for ideal light, but will also be keeping an eye on weather and clouds around us. Our main focus this trip will be chasing light and getting the best possible images we can.

Recommended Sleeping arrangement, 1 night (Saturday):

Budget: Quality Inn & Suites, 1020 South White Sands Boulevard, Alamogordo, 88310, (575) 434-4200

Mid-tier: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 100 Kerry Avenue, Alamogordo, 88310

Day 3, Sunday, April 21:

We will shoot sunrise in White Sands capturing that beautiful pink and purple glow over the sand only White Sands can produce. After sunrise this will conclude the workshop so everyone can get back home to Denver in a timely fashion.


Sunday April 21, 12pm - End of Workshop.


Flights: Flying into Alamogordo is a great option for the area. Albuquerque is also a great option.

Driving: I-25 south straight from Denver. It's about a 9.5 hour drive to Las Cruces.


What IS included: instruction from Joseph Roybal, four photoshoots at several locations around the Organs and White Sands, snacks & water.

What is NOT included: your transportation to/from the workshop (flights or car rental), hotel accommodation, personal food/drink or any camera/outdoor gear. Also and please note: White Sands National Monument charges $50/hour for early entry before they open the main gates. They charge this as they have to schedule someone to arrive early for us to open the gate. It's the wild west out there. This fee will not be covered or included in the program fees and will be divided equally by participants, including myself. We will most likely need two hours early-open.


How can I pay and when are payments due?

Payment can be made directly through my website here. The Deposit is due immediately upon signing up to guarantee your space on the trip. The final and remainder is due 30 days prior to the workshop start date which will be March 18th and that ticket is also here on my site.


What if I need to cancel?

Cancellation and Refund Policy

I strongly recommend you to purchase a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip which will help cover you and your gear while away.

Should you need to cancel the workshop for any reason your refund will be based upon the following schedule:


Greater than 31 days from the start date of the Workshop: Your Deposit can be applied to future workshop or I will refund your fees, participants choice.

0 - 30 days: Your Deposit will be forfeited, however your space can be sold to another attendee and should your space be filled I will refund you your deposit.

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

More info to come! Please RSVP to


  • Deposit

    Final payment to be made 30 days prior to workshop

  • Remaining Balance

    Remaining balance of workshop fee, to be paid 30 days prior to Workshop

  • Full Fee

    Use this link if you would like to pay for the full price up front

  • Pre-Trip Dinner

    This is a general meet-up dinner where we can all say hello to those on the trip and ask any questions you may have. Please feel free to bring an additional guest, please let me know so I can adjust numbers.




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