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Guided Photography Tours & Private Photo Tours in Bosque del Apache

Sandhill Crane in flight with golden grasses in background

Bosque del Apache Winter Photo Tours

Located in southern New Mexico, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most diverse areas for bird species. Thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese winter in the refuge starting in late November. Peak bird numbers typically occur in December and January. In addition to the cranes and snow geese, visitors can see birds of prey, waterfowl, and shorebirds along with occasional sightings of javelinas.

Bosque del Apache is must do for bird photographers!

Solo sandhill crane prepares to take off from Bosque del Apache pond

A Sandhill crane prepares to take off

Sandhill Crane amongst Canada geese - Bosque del Apache NWR New Mexico

Sandhill Crane stands among Canada Geese

Sandhill Cranes mating dance ritual at Bosque del Apache

Sandhill Cranes dance ritual

Photo of snow geese mass take-off at Bosque del Apache

Snow geese mass take-off

Sandhill Cranes in flight at sunset - Bosque del Apache NWR New Mexico

Sandhill Cranes in flight at sunset

Snow goose stretching its wings at pond in Bosque del Apache

Snow goose stretching its wings


Exclusive to you or your small group with more individual attention

Tailored to your photo preferences, fitness level and appetite for adventure

Expert logistics, location knowledge, technical and creative guidance

Greater flexibility with dates than a regular workshop

Options to team up with reputable adventure guides for a truly unique photo experience

Led by photography guides based in Taos and with over 15 years experience photographing Taos and Northern New Mexico



Can be up to four participants all from the same party. We do not mix clients from different parties on private tours.

Not all people in your party have to be photographers. We regularly take non-photographer companions and family members.

Start and end times vary depending on time of year and are determined upon booking.

A detailed recommended camera equipment and suggested clothing list and custom itinerary will be sent to registered participants via email shortly after booking.


1. Complete the form found at the “BOOK BOSQUE DEL APACHE TOUR” button below with your preferred tour dates to verify we have no other conflicts on your desired date(s).

2. As we may be traveling on the road or out on a shoot at the moment, we will be contacting you either by phone or email within 48 hours of receipt of your form to discuss your request.

3. Once an available date is confirmed, a deposit link will be emailed to you so you can reserve your tour date by making a 25% deposit. Payment can be made via credit card through PayPal (no PayPal account required), check, or money order.

4. Final payment is due 60 days prior to your reserved start date.


Fee includes:

Michael as your guide, instructor and motivator

Transportation to and from your lodging in Taos

Pre-tour logistics

Recommendations for accommodations and tour itinerary

2 hour pre-trip presentation or constructive critique


The Daily Fee does not include:

Your Meals


Personal expenses

Entrance and locations fees

Third-party guide and charter transportation fees

Additional tour logistics, like lodging, third-party guides, and charters, can be, and often are, arranged by us. The costs to secure these amenities will be itemized and added to the total cost of your package.


PAYMENT TERMS: A 25% non-refundable reservation deposit applied towards the total trip cost is due at registration to secure your trip dates. Final payments are due 60 day prior to private tour start date.


Cancellations made prior to 60 days of tour’s start date will receive a refund of all amounts paid to date except for the initial 25% non-refundable deposit.

Cancellations made within 60 days of the tour’s start date will receive a refund of all amounts paid to date minus the initial 25% non-refundable deposit and any non-refundable deposits made to secure additional venues (such as lodging facilities or charter companies).

In the event you are unable to make your initial date, we will work with you to reschedule without forfeiture of deposit although we understand rescheduling is not always possible due to both parties schedules.

Active Photo Tours and DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC are not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets or lodging arrangements you made in the event of you or anyone in your group had to cancel. You may want to invest in trip insurance to cover these circumstances. We highly suggest TravelGuard® or similar travel insurance policies to assist you in case of last minute plan changes and emergencies.

Questions about a private photo tour in Bosque del Apache? We're happy to help so ask away!


For camera clubs and corporate groups of more than four, please contact us below for custom quotes and packages.


Guided Photography Tours & Private Photo Tours in Bosque del Apache

DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC

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