3 Peaks Photography & Design

Photo Tours

Night Sky / Milky Way Workshops in Westcliffe, CO

Are you an amateur or professional photographer visiting the Colorado Springs area who needs a guide to take you to some of the best places at the right times to get great shots? Are you on vacation and want to bring home photos that reflect what you truly saw on your trip? Hire 3 Peaks Photography for a private tour that can include instruction on a variety of photographic techniques.

Click on the photos below to view images from some of the locations in the
Pikes Peak Region where tours are conducted.

All tour participants are required to complete this Waiver and Release Agreement.

3 Peaks Photography is a proud member of the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance.


"Mike Pach (of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Organiser of the Colorado Photography Learning Group) invited me out from the UK to his part of the world to give some lectures, run a couple of workshops and to photograph the Colorado landscape. I made the trip in the middle of 2015, and Mike had done a fantastic job in sorting out all the logistics involved in such a visit. As someone who travels frequently overseas I appreciate just how much work is involved. Hotels were booked, locations scouted and local contacts arranged. The whole trip ran smoothly & efficiently thanks to Mike's efforts.

"We also spent some time shooting together, and Mike was a great guide. He knows Colorado and its photographic potential intimately, taking me to both well-known and less-explored locations. His local knowledge and organisational skills meant that he got me to the right place at the right time and I could fully concentrate on coming home with some images that I am very pleased with.

"And the icing on the cake is he's a great guy with a fantastic sense of humour - good company and a skilled photographer. It was wonderful to travel with him. If you're looking to photograph Colorado and need a guide and/or photographic teacher then I can highly recommend Mike Pach." ~ Steve Gosling

"On a recent trip to Denver, I had an opportunity to travel to Colorado Springs. I contacted Mike, who guided me around many areas of Garden of the Gods that I would have never found on my own. His knowledge of the area, including times of the year and the time of the day in which the light is often best, were invaluable. I can't wait to return!" ~ Andrew Darlow, Editor, The Imaging Buffet

"I had the opportunity to do a private photography tour with Mike around the Garden of the Gods. It was great!   Mike was helpful at making sure that I had my settings right in order to capture the best shots. He was very knowledgable about photography iand the best locations for good shots within the park. He made the trip fun and I got some great shots that were off the beaten path which I would have never found on my own. If you are in Colorado Springs, I highly recommend spending some time with Mike!" Tracy Curran

"I did two photo tours with Mike. He met me at Garden of the Gods for a sunrise shoot that was amazing. He drove me around to several spots I would never have found on my own. I didn't know I could say "Wow!" so often. He gave me photography tips when I wanted them, but let me work on my own too. It was a perfect morning. That afternoon, my husband & I photographed the Indian Paint Mines with him to photograph the late afternoon light and sunset. My husband called it a "bucket list" item he didn't know he had, and that those are the best kind. We both were impressed with Mike's knowledge of photography and the area around Colorado Springs. He's also very interesting to talk to and a lot of fun to spend time with.We highly recommend 3 Peaks Photography!" ~ Jane Beatty

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is one of the most popular attractions in Colorado Springs, and it is a great location for sunrise photographs. You'll be taken to areas of the park that you wouldn't normally see on your own.

Paint Mines Interpretive Park

The Paint Mines, near Calhan, CO is a unique location that provides excellent photographic opportunities throughout the year.

Night Sky/Milky Way Photography Workshops at the Paint Mines - The Paint Mines are an other-worldly location for viewing and photographing the night sky. Permits are required to be in the park after 11 pm. Night sky workshops are held here to help raise money for El Paso County nature centers.
For more information and to register, visit the workshop page.


Westcliffe is a former mining town that is situated in the Wet Valley about 1.5 hours southwest of Colorado Springs. Westcliffe is an International Dark Sky Community, which makes it perfect for night-sky photography. The views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from Westcliffe are spectacular. Read more about Westcliffe and watch this Today Show report by NBC's Harry Smith.

Night Sky/Milky Way Photography Workshops in Westcliffe - Westcliffe is Colorado's first and the world's first dark sky community as designated by the International Dark Sky Association, so it is an excellent place to view and photograph the night sky and the Milky Way. For more information and to register, visit the workshop page.


Prior to your trip to Colorado, it is highly recommended that you purchase a

Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) Card.

In Colorado Springs, CORSAR cards can be purchased at:

Mountain Chalet
The Peak Fly Shop
Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Southeast Regional Office, 4255 Sinton Road, 719-227-5200


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