Welcome!

Best of Show, John Hanou
Best of Show Photography 2017 – John Hanou – “Fiery Sunset”

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

  • Attend the annual conference — September 9-12, 2019 in Estes Park, Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Participate in our annual contest — this year’s deadline is June 10, 2019.
  • Take a photo workshop — 2019 workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado has been cancelled.
  • Apply for our scholarship — deadline May 30 each year.
  • Meet some of our members — see what we’re up to.

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

2018 2nd Place
Photo Award Winners

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Recent news

Ron Belak Publishes Book

Ron Belak, RMOWP member from Evergreen, Colorado, has announced the recent publication of his book, Fly Fishing Colorado’s Backcountry.

The book is a collection of articles that originally appeared in Colorado Outdoorsmagazine, the official publication of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Ron tells us that all the essays in this how-to book were updated in 2018. Although aimed primarily at backcountry anglers in Colorado, he says that over half the essays are relevant to fly fishing for trout anywhere. 

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Factoring in the Impact of Altitude for Coming to Estes Park

By Peter Kummerfeldt

A number of you have expressed concerns regarding the impact of the altitude when you travel to Estes Park later this year. The town sits at 7500 feet above sea level and should you wish to explore Rocky Mountain National Park you could find yourself on Trail Ridge Road crossing the Rocky Mountain divide at over 12,000 feet. The air gets a lot “thinner” up there! Not to worry – you can still attend the conference and have an enjoyable time if you attend to a couple of suggestions from those of us that live here.

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Beyond the High Meadows

Text & photos by Richard Holmes

I felt it coming on the evening before, an unexplained restlessness. A familiar stirring. I realized then what it was. I needed an altitude fix––by hiking. I had to climb something.

So I set off this morning for the mountains and the trail to King Lake, my first sustained hike of the season. The air is clear, the sky is blue, but my mind is cloudy, perhaps from too much lower altitude inactivity. Within the first mile I begin to feel resuscitated, the clarity of my mind approaching that of the sky. A beautiful day. But aren’t they all beautiful at the higher altitudes?

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