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Join Award-Winning Nature Photographer, Jeff Parker, On The Vermejo Park Ranch's Elk and Aspen Photo Tours

Spanning over 920 square miles and encompassing a wide variety of ecosystems, ranging from grassland prairies to high mountain peaks, the Vermejo Park Ranch is a ideal getaway destination for enjoying nature. As one of the West's premier hunting, fishing and nature tourism resorts northern New Mexico, the Ranch now offers another way to experience the beauty of nature with their Elk and Aspen Photo Tours.

Set to take place in Mid September, this is a unique opportunity during Rocky Mountain Elk rut season to witness the drama of these noble animals as they display their primordial dispositions of survival of the fittest. During the Photo Tour you'll see and hear the fight, and distance will be no challenge, as many of the Ranch’s professional guides have observed this annual phenomenon from as little as 5 yards. Fall colors of brilliant yellows, and burnt oranges surround high mountain streams and deeply colored conifers, which make for a great photo op.

Ted Turner, the owner of the Vermejo Park Ranch said, “Not only is Vermejo Park a unique place to enjoy and interact with the natural world, we think you will find that our food, lodging, and hospitality are equal to the beautiful environment they reside in. If quality, uniqueness, and value set the standard for your next hunting, fishing, nature tourism, corporate or recreational retreat then Vermejo Park Ranch is the destination in your future.”

Together, with the VPR staff, Jeff Parker will work to provide one of the most unique photography experiences available in the U.S. A Vermejo Park Ranch Photography Tour package is available, which includes the tour with Parker, a guided tour of historical sites, wildlife and extraordinary scenery. At the end of the day, you'll share your adventure stories while enjoying an exquisitely made four course meal. You can also choose an individual guided photography tour with Jeff Parker.

All Nature Tourism and Photography rates include food, lodging and activities. And, Vermejo Park Ranch also welcomes individuals seeking to experience a Rocky Mountain autumn. Their guides will take guests out for wildlife viewing, and tours an early 20th century ghost town, or you can hike in the high country meadows before enjoying a picnic lunch. Whether joining the Photography Tour or seeking a getaway to experience the serenity and beauty of land, Vermejo Park Ranch can help you plan an extraordinary adventure!

By Melody Schubert

Getting There:

Special train rides, including Sunday themed trains and a host of special themed trains will be a highlight of this American West Adventure. To learn more and join the festive event visit www.cumbrestoltec.com, or call 888-CUMBRES (888-286-2737).