Sombrero Ranch Events Are Back – Spring 2022

Sombrero Ranch Events Are Back – Spring 2022

Sombrero Ranch Photo Workshop and Great American Horse Drive
Craig, Colorado April 30th - May 8th, 2022

This will be our fourteenth year offering this unique and exciting event that attracts photographers from around the world. Images created during this event have been highly rated in art shows and have also been licensed on catalogs, magazines and stock archives. Join us for a wonderful opportunity to create authentic western lifestyle imagery for both art and stock purposes. All images will be model and property released. While the shoots are dependent on weather conditions and the availability of our cowboys, we will do our best to accommodate our photographers' ideas and requests.

Photographers Scott Trees, Mark Kettenhofen and Carien Schippers will lead the two day shooting workshop at the Sombrero Ranch which will involve herds of horses, pole corrals, cowboys driving horses through water and epic landscapes, as well as portraiture, silhouettes and detail shots. These are real life working cowboys that our photographers have exclusive access to.  We will make use of the best light and weather at both ends of the day. We will also be offering class sessions that will cover lighting, camera settings and maintenance, video and time lapse photography and a possible bonus shoot is being planned (TBA-tentative).

The Great American Horse Drive activities will begin with the Outback Steak Fry on Thursday, followed on Friday with a horse handling session at the ranch. Saturday and Sunday will treat us to two full days of excitement photographing the horse drive.

Sombrero Ranch Horse Drive

The Details

Experience, Fitness Level and other suggestions:
We welcome photographers of all skill levels to this event, however a basic working understanding of your gear will allow you to have the most satisfactory experience. If you are a serious amateur or a working photographer here is a unique opportunity to have fun, be creative and achieve your vision. Please let us know your specific goals or ideas in advance and we will do our best to help you achieve them.

Note that this is rugged sage brush country at 4k feet altitude. Expect walking over rough terrain. If you can easily walk up to a half mile at a stretch you should be fine. Trucks will be provided to get photographers and their gear to most locations. There is some riding in the backs of trucks (foot stools amd hay bales will be provided!). Weather can be very changeable from cold, wind and snow to hot and sunny. Expect dust, wind, possibly mud and a wide range of temperatures. Our shoots will be dictated by the light and weather.

Travel and Accommodations:
The Ranch is located 12 miles west of Craig, our home base will be at the Hampton Inn in Craig. The closest airport is the Steamboat Springs airport (HDN) about 40 minutes east of Craig, and pick up and drop off at the airport will be available on request. Craig is a scenic four hour drive from Denver.

What's included:
Breakfast is available at the hotel, lunch and dinner will be provided during workshop shoot days. Lunch will be provided during the Horse Drive. Shops and restaurants are also close by. Transportation will be provided for those flying in to the Hayden airport but must be arranged for in advance. Trucks and drivers will be provided during the Horse Drive and we encourage car sharing and carpooling during the workshop. Lodging is not included. We will make every effort to match attendees with roommates in advance.

We hope you will join us for this one of a kind event,
it will be something you will remember for the rest of your life!

Event Registration

The Photo Workshop (April 30 - May 5, 2022) is $1895 for EPNet members, $1995 for non-members.
The Horse Drive (May 5 - May 8, 2022) Horse Drive Only is full and not available. You may still register for the Photo Workshop.
Registration fee does not include lodging or transportation to the event. Some meals are included.

Register as an EPNet Member (you must be logged in to receive discount)
Member discount is for General or Pro Members. See our member benefits.
Register as a Non-Member 

Become a Member

Covid-19 Notice: We will require proof of vaccination or a negative test within 5 days of arrival. 
This policy is subject to change based on current conditions. 
Should circumstances beyond our control require that we cancel this event all fees paid will be refunded.