Special Opportunity

Bosque Del Apache Tour

December 9-12, 2018 - Only $350

(NAPfS members special discount price of $299)

Contact  RADykstra.photo@gmail.com  or  858-485-8199

to reserve your place on the tour.

We only accept PAYPAL(3% fee) or check/cash.

* Some photos provided by California Wolf Center

Come join us for this wonderful opportunity to photography tens of thousands of wild animals and birds.   Bosque Del Apache is a wildlife refuge along the upper Rio Grande river.  Approximately 50,000 snow geese and 10,000 sand hill cranes migrate here each winter.  These wetlands provide critical habitat, protection, and food for thousands of migrating waterfowl and a bewildering variety of wildlife.  Ducks, hawks, eagles, blackbirds, ravens, coots, and other birds along with occasional mammals, such as mule deer, coyotes, javelina and jackrabbits are seen regularly and up-close.  All this and landscape photography locations.   BTW, the sunsets are amazing!

* Some photos provided by California Wolf Center

Additionally, you will receive a presentation on how to photograph wildlife, and set up your camera for the best success.  (including a PDF of presentation materials)   I will also guide you to some of the better viewing locations. 

We will meet in the evening of Dec 9th in the hotel, dining area and coordinate events.


I have 10 rooms in Socorro NM, reserved under "North Austin Photographic Society".

Single bed room runs $65/night and Two bed room $70 per night. 


For those driving:  We will optionally stop at Carlsbad Caverns on the way back 


Day 1   Transportation to Socorro new Mexico.   Meet at 7pm to get information.     

Day 2-3 Meet for quick breakfast at 5:30 am.  We need to be on site no later than 6:15 am

-  After the "blast off" we'll will take a leisurely tour of the refuge in the morning, with the afternoon free to explore on your own or join me for sunset photos.

Optionally we may try to accomplish some astro-photography  (weather permitting)  9 pm


Day 4 Meet for breakfast and go to site 5:30 am.   

For those driving we will optionally go to Carlsbad caverns and visit that National Park.

Leave BDA at approx 8am.   Others are free to explore and return at their leisure.

 Recommended equipment:

 DSLR camera -  Lens between 200 and 500mm focal length -  Tripod or monopod


Tour Excludes:

- Ground transportation, lodging, food and personal items and any parking fees. (if applicable)  

-National refuge pass ($5 per day)

       (unless you have an annual "America the Beautiful" pass)


Directions and additional materials will be provided after sign up

- Your are responsible for any personal accidents or incidents during event and/or transportation to and from site.

Contact me to sign up for this trip.

Refund Policy:  100% refund (minus any credit card charges) is available up to 60 days prior to event.  50% is available up to two weeks prior.   Within two weeks no refund is available.