Cirque of the Towers

Mountains, Alpine Lakes and Wildflowers in Backcountry Wyoming

July 7 – 13, 2023

Aptly named, the Cirque of the Towers is a round glacier-carved valley ringed by towering granite mountains. Extremely remote, the cirque was rarely—or perhaps never—accessed before its naming by climber Orrin Bonney in 1941. Today, it is a fabled destination for climbers, backpackers, and photographers able to make the multi-day journey. Join us on an adventure into the wilds of Wyoming!

The cirque is located in Popo Agie Wilderness, accessed by a single trail that winds between numerous alpine lakes and among wildflowers. While many elect to traverse the trail on foot, we’ll be using horses to carry us high into the mountains. Don’t worry if you aren’t a skilled rider—our experienced outfitters will match each of us to our sure-footed horse, so you can just concentrate on enjoying the view. Our gear will follow us, safely packed on the pack horses. Once at our comfortable, fully-outfitted camp, we’ll have plenty of time to photograph this extraordinary area. You’ll have great views right from your tent, but we’ll also explore the nearby alpine valleys, lakes, and waterfalls on day hikes. Since it will be spring time in the mountains, meadows full of wildflowers are even a possibility. Both of your veteran landscape photography instructors will be teaching you a number of techniques: focus stacking, use of shallow depth of field, composition building, and more. You’ll also learn to create stunning nighttime images under some of the darkest skies in the country.

Ready for a wild photographic adventure? Read on!

Wyoming, USA
July 7 – 13, 2023
Activity Level
Challenging – You are able to handle a strenuous 15 mile horseback ride in and out, and up to 3 miles of walking each day, at elevations of 9–10,000 feet.
Your Pros
David Rosenthal, Joseph Roybal
Group Size
Open for Registration
Limited to 8 Guests