Jason HatfieldExplorer

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

A beautiful place and unique experience. The train ride was slow but it's a steam engine going through the mountains, so you can't exactly complain. The basin was stunning if not that remote feeling, but I went during a couple weeks of big storms so it wasn't too busy. The mountains all have different challenging aspects but doable during breaks in the weather.

3 months ago
3 months ago

A beautiful place to enjoy a soak and look at the Milky Way. Price is very reasonable and the facilities are clean.

4 months ago
4 months ago

This is the perfect spot to pitch your tent on the way back from Titcomb Basin. We found stunning spots high above the lake looking over Fremont Peak and a pair of osprey fishing.

6 months ago
6 months ago

This spot has a stunning panoramic view of the Wind River Range. There's not much for photographic composition in the foreground to offset the massive peaks but using your tent or hiking partner works pretty well.

6 months ago
6 months ago

This mountain is an incredible adventure to conquer, especially if it's your first true mountaineering summit. I always love backpacking in the Wind River Range and just getting to base camp for this peak takes you to one of my favorite places. I was concerned about the snow bridge at this point in the season but a big snow year meant it was huge and not a problem. My group decided to summit during the 2017 total eclipse and it was by far the best eclipse experience I've had.

6 months ago
6 months ago

The views from the ridge above Blue Lake are incredible and if you go on a weekday you might have a whole lake to yourself for the night.

6 months ago
6 months ago

In the winter it's one of the few spots open near Abraham Lake. If you're camping in temps below 0˚F you'll likely be the only one.

11 months ago
11 months ago

If the lake isn't frozen, or it's completely snow covered, this is a great alternative for shooting from. Be careful here, though, as the winds can be strong enough to knock over your camera or worse. If you're taking long exposures when it's really windy make sure your camera is wind-blocked or braced to prevent image shake. One of the nights I stopped here in the winter the winds were blowing too hard on the point to even stand.

11 months ago
11 months ago

I made a sunset visit here in late winter and had the whole place to myself. The falls were simply stunning with ice hanging everywhere and blue water rushing through the gaps. Make sure you have traction to get the whole way down in the winter, the last drop to the falls can get really icy.

11 months ago
11 months ago

I visited this falls in August 2012 so I can't speak to how busy it might be now. That being said, we were the only 2 there and I really enjoyed the location; nothing epic but a very serene and photogenic spot.

11 months ago
11 months ago

The hot springs were a perfect temp (both pools) on a recent winter visit. Make sure you have micro-spikes or traction for the walk down. There was a lot of trash around the pools that I cleaned up, please do the same if you visit.

11 months ago
11 months ago

This is a beautiful spot for sunrise and I had it to myself in the winter. The rocks can get pretty slick with ice, so if you'll be photographing sunrise here in on a freezing morning I recommend some traction and extra care. Update: I went back this winter season with a lot more snow. Most of the rocks were underwater so comps were a little less interesting but the mist and snow covered trees more than made up for it. There were about 15 other photographers on a Thursday evening so it's definitely gotten a lot more popular since my visit in 2012.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

I just finished a winter backpacking trip here on XC skis, do yourself a favor and bring/rent the backcountry xc skis (metal edges). The trail was very icy in parts and classic track skis won't be able to slow you down on the long descents. Overall this was a fairly enjoyable and easy xc ski on a groomed road; if you're in shape and ski, you'll definitely have a great time. We went out on a Friday and only encountered a few people the second half of the trail. There aren't many views on the trail itself but the massive trees make up for it.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Uncrowded on a winter weekday and it had water access, what more could you ask for?

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

With a 90" base it was true winter camping this season. Dig yourself a snowpit and relax with one of the best tent views in the park. We spent a couple nights here and you'll never really get over how good the view is.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Depending on conditions the trail is likely closed in the winter due to rock/ice/fall danger. If you have micro-spikes and it's open it's worth checking out though.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

This is definitely one of the iconic views of Yosemite. If you're here on a winter weekday you'll likely have it yourself or just with a few others, despite the 12-mile xc trip the weekends are still busy.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

While there is some light pollution the stars are definitely bright over Yosemite Valley. Compositions with a good close foreground can be hard here but if you just frame the valley with Half Dome it looks great.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

This is a great relaxing hike with plenty of big views and forest enchantment.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

I did this early season a couple years ago in my stock 2004 4runner. I really recommend doing this with at least one other vehicle, unlike me, in case you get stuck. I made it through the muddy snow walls at top but got stuck at one point when I slid partway off a gravel section. Thankfully a little digging and timed rocking got me back on the road. It was a beautiful drive but I definitely won't do it again unless I'm in a lifted and more outfitted vehicle.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Stunning views of cholla, saguaro, and the Superstitions. Large campsites and showers. Only $15! If you're on the road a lot you realize what a great deal this is. I was able to capture stunning images only a couple minutes walk from my campsite the camping fee covers the park entrance fee too!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Late October and early November the cottonwoods turn yellow and provide great contrast for landscape photography.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

This spot isn't quick to get to but it's more than worth it. I camped here in the fall and the temps were perfect, no snow but cool enough for a fire. If you're up for some risky scrambling the outcropping in the first photo is incredible spot for taking photos.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

This year wasn't the best example but during a great season the fall colors here are unmatched in the Southwest. The vibrant reds and yellows along the canyon and cliff walls are stunning and make this hike worth doing more than once.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago