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Welcome to the home of Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers!

Red Columbine
“Red Columbine & Twisted Stalk” © Maryann Gaug – winner of 2022 Best of Show Photography

Formed in 1973, Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers, Inc., is an organization of professional and aspiring communicators, dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. Through writing, photography, broadcast media, and artistic expression, members provide information about the recreational and natural resources found in the Rocky Mountain West. Become a part of our creative community.

  • RMOWP’s 2024 conference will be in Fort Davis, Texas, Tuesday through Friday, October 1-4. Mark your calendars!
  • Participate in our annual contest. The 2023 winners were announced at the annual conference in LosAlamos, New Mexico, in early October. Entry deadline for 2024 is July 8.
  • Meet some of our members — see what we’re up to.

We need your inspiration, participation, and support. YOU are the organization!

THIS WEBSITE IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY MID-MAY, 2024. THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING!

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Waterfalls and Voyageurs

Text & photos by Maryann Gaug

Split Rock Lighthouse; Lake Superior; Minnesota
Split Rock Lighthouse

Driving down a forested hill, the ocean appeared reaching to the horizon. Wait! Not an ocean, but Lake Superior! I’d never seen this largest of the Great Lakes. Once on the main north-south highway along Minnesota’s North Shore, my exploration started. I had with luck reserved five nights in three different state park campgrounds, giving me plenty of time to hike to waterfalls, past cascades, and to explore historic sites in between. My journey would cover 110 miles of Gichigami’s shore, the Ojibwe tribe’s name for the lake.

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So why are we going to Los Alamos???

One of the things we like about Los Alamos is that it offers a delightful variety of attractions and activities, practically something for everyone. Details on organized field trips are being worked out, and we’ll also be suggesting things you will want to do on your own. The 2023 conference is a group effort, with Don Laine and Linda Haehnle as conference co-chairs and Virginia Staat taking the lead on setting up workshops.

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Of Days Past

By Richard Holmes

I can still hear the crunching sound of tires on white gravel as the car slowly turned into the long driveway toward the stone farmhouse. But my preoccupation was with the tree. Was it still there? Was it the same?

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