John Fielder Nature Photography Workshop – Gunnison River Gorge

May 20 – 22, 2017

The Gunnison Gorge, below the Black Canyon National Park in western Colorado, is a 14 mile wilderness journey combining spectacular canyon scenery with one of Colorado’s finest Gold Medal fisheries. A mile hike down the Chukar Trail brings us to the river and the narrow canyon carved through the polished Protereozoic schist and gneiss formations. Mild rapids punctuate the crystal clear pools on the first day as we enter this secluded retreat. Our isolated camp provides a peaceful refuge to enjoy a sumptuous dinner after fishing or hiking.

The second day brings a narrowing canyon, a steeper gradient in the river and exciting pool-drop rapids that appear one right after another. Depending on the water level, these Class III rapids demand either intricate maneuvering or a wild dash through boat-swamping holes and waves. After the rush of whitewater, the Hall of the River King envelops us in a mystical silence prior to the canyon walls receding to rolling sage hills. Our lunch stop at the Smith Fork provides a fun opportunity to explore the waterfalls and drop pools in this side canyon. The trip concludes at the confluence with the North Fork.

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Trip Highlights

  • GROUP SIZE: Limited to 7 participants.
  • CLASS II- III easy whitewater, world-class scenery.
  • COST: $ 1395 per person includes a pre-trip slide show and dinner. Includes BLM use fees.
  • CHECK-IN TIME: 6 pm for a pre-trip dinner in Delta, CO. Location to be determined.
  • For information about workshop river logistics…camping gear, river rapids, etc. contact Arkansas River Tours.
    For information about photography equipment and other matters contact


Gunnison Gorge Photography Workshop with John Fielder Join acclaimed photographer John Fielder for a Photography Workshop in one of the most spectacular river canyons in the Southwest. Our leisurely pace allows plenty of time for photographers to enjoy the early morning and evening lighting perfect for on-site learning with Colorado’s finest nature photographer. Hike with John and the ART staff to locations in the canyon few ever visit. Your skill levels will improve daily in this experiential outdoor classroom!

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John Fielder Photography WorkshopABOUT JOHN FIELDER

John Fielder is a nationally renowned nature photographer, publisher, teacher and preservationist. In 1981, he founded Westcliffe Publishers, one of the nation’s largest publishers of nature books and calendars. A former department store executive who turned an avocation into a career, he is the photographer of more than 30 exhibit format and guide books, most about his home state of Colorado.

Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s open space and wild lands. His photography has influenced people and legislation earning him awards from most major conservation groups, including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award. He is an original governor-appointed member of the lottery-related Board of Great Outdoors Colorado, and speaks to thousands of people each year to rally support for timely land-use and environmental issues. Most recently he led the 2000 citizens’ initiative to manage growth in Colorado. John often talks about the politics of the environment in his workshops. If you think you might be offended by his views, you might want to consider a workshop taught by a less committed photographer.