wind river range

Wind River Range Horseback Photography Workshop

August 22 - 25th, 2019  |  Cost: $2,900 *inclusive  - $550 deposit

4 days, 1 night at the ranch, 2 nights in the Winds

The Wind River Range in Wyoming is a stunning area that is only accessibly by foot (or horseback!), home to towering granite peaks and alpine lakes. We will explore the rugged wilderness on horseback and shoot beautiful remote locations that are rarely photographed. Evenings will be spent around the fire eating great food and sleeping in tents.  There will be some hiking but nothing too strenuous as we will cover long distances on horseback. This is an incredible opportunity to photograph an area that normally takes miles and miles of hiking with tons of gear on your back to get to, without the work or planning.


Beginner - Advanced 

Both beginners & experienced photographers will benefit from this workshop. I will work closely with you to address  strengths and weaknesses. All can expect to be challenged.


Somewhat Challenging

No riding experience needed but you should be comfortable sitting on a horse for several hours at a time (You also have the option of walking and riding to break it up.)  We may hike up to 1-2 miles while scouting for images. 


Waterfalls, Peaks, Lakes

We will be high in the mountains of the Wind River Range, shooting the towering granite peaks, alpine lakes, streams and waterfalls. Expect it to get chilly at night and warm during the day.

Group Size

7 people

I prefer to keep workshops small, ensuring that each person will have ample time for one-on-one instruction. This photography workshop is limited to 7 people. 



 Pristine Wilderness • Individual Photo Instruction • Meals around the Campfire • Expert Guides


We will be camping in Lizard Heard Meadows near Cirque of the Towers. This is a remote area you can only get to by foot or horseback. And while it takes several days on foot, we will cover about 14 miles on horseback in just one day - plus time to spare to shoot sunset! 

All of the fun. None of the work.

A local ranch will be guiding us into the Wind River Range. Their team will prepare wonderful meals, tend camp and wrangle horses for us while we focus on creating amazing images! So we get to enjoy all of the benefits of camping in the wilderness with zero of the stress. 

Years of Experience with Sony, Nikon, and Canon Gear 


Photography Workshop Schedule 

4 days, 1 night at the ranch, 2 nights in the Winds

Thursday: Arrive at the ranch about 3:30, meet and greet, short classroom session and dinner at 6:30. We will sleep in rustic cabins at the ranch to assure we are ready for an early morning start. 

Friday: Meet at 6:30AM. Breakfast followed by a short horseback riding class before hitting the trail. Lunch will be en route. We will arrive at the campground late afternoon and set-up tents before heading out to shoot sunset. End with dinner around the fire. 

Saturday: Rise early to shoot sunset followed by breakfast and some time off. Lunch then an afternoon scouting session. We will have an early dinner before heading out to shoot sunset. (then s'mores before bed!) 

Sunday: Another early morning to shoot sunrise! After morning light we will have breakfast then saddle up for the trail ride back to the ranch. Lunch on the way. Wrap up about 5:30 after a full day ride. 

Photography instruction and classroom time
Horses and riding equipment
Tents, camp chairs, tarps, water buckets & filter 
Camp kitchen and all meals during the workshop 
Thursday night stay on the ranch in a shared rustic cabin 
Dinner at the ranch on Thursday evening
Sleeping bag, pad and pillow or any personal gear 
Flights or transportation to the workshop 
Travel insurance 
Please feel free to email if you have any questions about what to bring. 

Book your spot on the 2019 Wind River Range Photography Workshop!

August 22 - 25th, 2019  |  Cost: $2,900 all inclusive

We will send a Paypal invoice that accepts any credit or debit card. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the ranch?

FROM LANDER WY: Drive 14 miles north from Lander on US Hwy 287 to Hines General Store and turn left onto Trout Creek Road. In about 5 miles it turns into a dirt road, and in less than 1 mile is a fork - stay straight (right). Follow the road another 15 miles across the Wind River Indian Reservation to Dickinson Park, staying on the main road (there are some shortcuts – don’t take them). The last 15 miles are dirt, so leave with a full gas tank and spare tire. Usual drive time is an hour and a half from Lander. You will gain 4,000 feet and 35 miles on this spectacular trip. Plan to purchase a tribal crossing permit in Lander at the Exxon station or Wild Iris Mountain Sports, in Dubois at Marlow’s Fly Shop, in Riverton at Rocky Mountain Sports, or in Ft Washakie at Hines Store. Don’t use your GPS. Yes, cars can make it up the dirt road just fine!

What if I need to cancel?

All deposits are non-refundable but may be transferred to another available workshop up to 60 days prior. If you cancel your workshop the following applies: If cancellation is received at least 60 days prior to the start of the workshop, the deposit can be applied to another workshop of your choice with available space. For cancellations received 0-59 days prior to the start of the workshop, deposits and workshop fee’s will be forfeited. Full Terms & Conditions for this workshop: Deposits - The deposit amount specified with each workshop is due at the time you book a workshop. Your space is not reserved until we receive your deposit. The full balance is due 60 days prior (or on the date specified on the workshop page) to the start of the workshop. If we do not receive your balance by this time, we reserve the right to cancel your workshop and/or fill your spot off of a wait list. In the event of such a cancellation, no refunds will be provided.

Cancellation, Refund & Delay Policy - All workshop schedules and plans are subject to change at our discretion depending upon weather, health and safety considerations, or any other factor related or unrelated to photographic opportunities as we see fit. Full refunds of all monies paid will be made if a workshop is canceled by us or if the workshop is rescheduled and you are unable to attend on the new date. Dan Ballard Photography is not responsible for any other costs which participants may have incurred, including but not limited to travel, car rental, lodging, insurance, photographic purchases and/or rentals.

If you cancel your workshop the following applies. If cancellation is received at least 60 days prior to the start of the workshop, the deposit can be applied to another workshop of your choice with available space. For cancellations received 0-59 days prior to the start of the workshop, all deposits and workshop fee’s will be forfeited.

No refunds will be given for delays or cancellations due to inclement weather, flights, or other events beyond our control, either before, during, or after your workshop. We are not responsible for any additional costs you may incur due to delays or cancellations.

What airport should I fly into?

The closest airport is Jackson Hole, WY - Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) which is 2.5 hours from Lander. (It is about an hour+ drive from Lander to Dickinson Ranch Park. Start directions from Hines General Store. See directions)

What should I bring with me?

Please limit your main pack to about 30lbs. The horses will be carrying the packs in and we don’t want to overload them. Some favorite resources are:,, Recommended photo gear: -Camera body -1 to 2 lenses (3 if they are small and light) -Tripod and strap -Extra batteries (no chargers) -Large memory card -filters (optional) Recommended personal gear: Sleeping bag with compression stuff sack
Sleeping pad – “Therm-a-Rest” or similar inflatable pad
Base layers (top and bottom)
Jacket – fleece and/or puffy
Vest (optional) – fleece/puffy
Rain jacket and pants (lightweight)
Light duffel bag for clothing – 26 inch length, or smaller
Jeans and boots for riding
Comfortable hiking shoes
Socks – wicking fiber (Smartwool, merino)
Gloves and beanie – fleece/wool
Day Pack – for day hiking from base camp
Refillable quart water bottle, aquamira water treatment drops, or iodine tablets
Sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick, small packable toiletries/first aid/medication
Headlamp (or small flashlight) Book or game for downtime *Your gear will go with the horses and you can bring a small daypack with your camera for the ride in. (We will also have saddlebags) No backpacks while on the horses, camel packs okay. What you DON'T need to bring (provided by the ranch)
Horses and riding equipment Tents – 2 per tent / you may bring your own if you don't want to share (light weight)
Kitchen – all cook gear and serving dishes (plates, cups, bowls, silverware)
Camp chairs, tarps, water buckets and water filter
Camp cook and all meals

Have questions? Feel free to reach out.