Wild Grasslands:
West Texas Plains Experience 

July 6-9, 2022

Cost: $850 USD 
Non-refundable Retainer $350 USD
 

Physical Demand: Intermediate - several miles of walking over relatively level ground of sand, grass, and gravel. Higher heat/ temperatures make these hikes potentially more difficult. Longer hours of laying prone on the ground.

Traveling south from Amarillo, the Llano Estacado plateau and its vastness surround visitors. The flatness and wide expanse is only amplified as the urban center disappears in the rearview mirror, giving way to open byways dotted with tiny towns that look as if they are frozen in time. And that is how this adventure begins.

The northern Texas high plains are home to a fascinating variety of wildlife and in certain places, geology. We will be visiting the heart of this region, where the "buffalo" really do still roam. At just over 15,000 acres, Caprock Canyon is one of the largest state parks in Texas. The managers here have been spending decades trying to restore the grassland prairie ecosystem back to its original splendor. Home to the last remaining pure (no domestic cattle genes) herd of North American Plains Bison, we will photograph not only wildlife but history as well. Beside the bison, the restoration of the grasslands has meant the reintroduction of black-tailed prairie dogs. These industrious rodents form towns that over 150 other species have been known to associate with, including the charismatic western burrowing owl.

These three species, along with the topography of the area will be the focus of our adventure, however, there is always the chance of seeing the following species as well: mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, coyotes, bobcats, grey foxes, raccoons, armadillos, jackrabbits, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, and roadrunners. 

Lodging is included in this photo adventure!

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Being in such a rural area, lodging is hard to come by and can often be scattered to the wind for a group of any size. For this photo adventure we will stay in an updated historic homestead very close to Caprock Canyon. This will allow us to have informal editing sessions, good conversations, and a place to retreat to during the hottest parts of the day.

Related article: Scouting Wildlife in the High Plains of Texas

Adventure Includes:

Three days of Professional Photographic Guiding 

Entrance fees and permits

Small group size - Limited to four participants

3 nights Lodging in a historic homestead (double occupancy) 

Snacks and Drinks while on location

All applicable taxes

 

Excludes:

Transportation to/from Quitaque, TX

Land Transportation - carpooling highly suggested

Meals - we will have meals as a group but you are welcome to do your own thing as well

Contact me today to reserve your spot on this photo adventure!