Crested Butte Photography Tours

Customized and personal photography tours are the perfect way to see the best photo spots Crested Butte, Colorado has to offer and to learn or polish your photography technique at the same time. Whether you just bought your camera and need to know how to use it, you've been shooting a while and need to understand some advanced tips and tricks or you just want to see the Crested Butte area through the eyes of a long-time local photographer these private and small-group photo tours are an inexpensive way to get some great new images. Landscapes, wildflowers, and fall colors are just three of the many great reasons to join me on a Crested Butte photo tour.

"Dusty knows how to reach the heart of a person's creativity. Talking about the kind of images that command my attention helped me identify what my purpose is as a photographer. I often hear his voice in my head: "what is this a picture of?" But the most resonant bit of wisdom that I took away from my time with Dusty was the courage to embrace the type of photographer I am today and trust that as I change, my photographs will change with me.

Good luck! If I ever make it back to Crested Butte I'm giving you a call!"

Emily Norton Evans - Doha, Qatar









Columbine Summer copyColumbine Summer copyColorado Blue Columbine, the state flower, bloom on a hillside near Schofield Pass in western Colorado on a perfect summer day. Crested Butte Mountain SummerCrested Butte Mountain SummerWildflowers bloom below Crested Butte Mountain. Crested Butte, Colorado is the wildflower capital of Colorado and hosts a week-long wildflower festival every summer. Pasque ParadisePasque ParadisePasque flowers bloom on the forest floor near Crested Butte, Colorado.

Private and Small Group Tours

These tours begin with a short chat about what you like to photograph, your equipment, your experience, and what you would like to accomplish. We should also discuss any specific locations you have in mind as well as the photographs you hope to create.

After this discussion, I will propose a schedule and either a half or full-day tour. Our half-day (4 hours) tours can happen almost any time of the day but cannot be split into multiple parts. They include transportation, water, light snacks, and instruction if desired. These tours may be for an individual or up to three people.

Our full-day tours include everything above as well as lunch in town or a brown-bag lunch in the field. You will need to let me know if you have any dietary requirements.


Private Half-Day Tour - $300

Private Full-Day Tour - $550

Each additional person for a 1/2 day tour is $60 (max 3)

Each additional person for a full-day tour is $100 (max 3)


A deposit of 50% of your tour price is necessary to reserve your date and the balance is due prior to our departure. The best dates and times can book quickly. Please call Dusty at (970) 349-5038 to discuss dates and times. Sadly, I cannot accommodate any pets on these tours.

Gothic Mountain and Sunflowers

Camera Disclaimer

While we have used and are knowledgeable about a wide variety of cameras from various manufacturers we don't pretend to know how to access the many functions of your camera. To get the most from your photo tour you should have a good working knowledge of your own camera, its lenses, accessories, and your tripod. You might want to bring your camera manual along for the ride, just in case. If you're trying to understand your camera's functions and adjustments, you may want to consider a one-on-one "getting started" class for an hour or two before investing in a tour.

  Christmas in AutumnChristmas in AutumnFalling Aspen leaves decorate a single pine tree in a grove near Kebler Pass in the Gunnison National Forest. Sunkissed 2Sunkissed 2Fall color comes to a narrow grove of Aspen trees near Mount Crested Butte, Colorado creating a muscial score for the season. The Golden WayThe Golden WayGolden aspen leaves cover a dirt road near Crested Butte, Colorado    

Weather, Terrain, and Cancellations

Please remember that all tours begin at an altitude of about 9000' and usually go up from there. Keep this in mind when discussing your goals and ambitions. Many of the best photography locations may require short hikes into areas with poor footing or other hazards. I will do my best to inform and advise you of these hazards but shall not be held liable for any injury or equipment damage that occurs while on photo tours. Download the Waiver of Liability here.

Adverse weather may affect our plans but rarely causes us to cancel a tour. We will reschedule or refund your money if the weather makes accomplishing your goals impossible.

I know you've got questions and I've got your answers. Email me today and let's discuss your photography tour ideas. Learn about your instructor here.

deep, fresh, snow covers Crested Butte's main street.Elk Avenue SnowRecord snow hangs off the colorful shops that line Elk Avenue, the main street through Crested Butte, Colorado.

"Dusty's photo workshops are a great way to learn more about photography. He is especially good at meeting you where you are and helping you improve your skillset whatever that may be."
Boulder, Colorado


East Beckwith Mountain and Early Snow PanoramaEast Beckwith Mountain and Early SnowAutumn usually brings vibrant fall colors to the base of the Beckwith Mountains near Crested Butte, Colorado. It's an added bonus to get early snow and a perfect blue sky during the peak of fall color. The Beckwith mountains are located on the famous West Elk Loop in western Colorado.