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Million Dollar Shot

In the Mystic San Luis Valley, a million-dollar shot is not just a pretty landscape. Sure, we have some of the most incredible scenery in the world, but to us, a million-dollar shot brings every unique moment to life.

When you visit Colorado, it’s tempting to snap everything you see, but we’re asking you to take a minute and ask why — why is it important to take so many photos of the same thing? Because in the rush to take photos, we may be missing the beauty of each moment.

Filter Free Zones

Filter Free Zones are places that are magnificent just the way they are. So much so that adding a filter would only ruin the authentic beauty of the shot. Challenge your skills, manipulate the lighting, be guided by the weather, and let the pure essence of your subjects come forward.

Shutter Speed Limit

It can be tempting to snap multiple photos from slightly different angles. But in the Shutter Speed Limit Zone, we’re asking you to put the camera down for a few minutes and examine the world through your eyes, not a viewfinder. By focusing on quality, not quantity, we believe your photography will be richer and more poignant.

Photo Preserve

Photo Preserves are spaces where we work together to ensure our photography practices leave no trace. When visiting a preserve, take some time for reflection: how can photography enrich the places we visit? How can you change your travel habits to leave less of an impact?

See Your Photos in a New Light

At what point are you satisfied with your photo? When the light is perfect? When no one is blinking in the group shot? Or, is it the moment you think to yourself “this is the one I will upload later?”

When you visit Colorado, it’s tempting to snap everything you see, but we’re asking you to take a minute and ask why — why is it important to take so many photos of the same thing? Because in the rush to take photos, we may be missing the beauty of each moment.

More Ways to Take a Million Dollar Shot

There’s more to the Mystic San Luis Valley than what’s in the frame. To grow as a photographer, live the conscientious photography principles with us by stepping back from the viewfinder and refocusing on the moment. 

Find out how you can take the challenge to make your photos more authentic, considered, and meaningful.

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Restaurants, recreation facilities, attractions, and more are now open with state-approved COVID-19 safety measures in place.

With plenty of open space, we offer an ideal place to get away and be safe. Business situations change frequently, so we recommend calling ahead.