BEST of SHOW 2019 – “Humpback Breaching” © Frank Zurey
Megaptera novaeangliae is a species of baleen whale; Hoonah, Alaska, USA

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 — October 5-8, 2020 with headquarters in Alamogordo, New Mexico and field trips to White Sands National Monument, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, and more.
  • Participate in our annual contest — this year’s deadline is Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
  • Meet some of our members — see what we’re up to.

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

2019 2nd Place
Photo Award Winners

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Recent news

Member Bill Fields Announces New Book

Freelance photographer William Fields, from Hermann, Missouri, has published a new book, The Four Directions, A Southwestern Journey. Offered as a small, signed and numbered limited-edition, it contains images from the Four Corners states: Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Bill tells us that he shoots in infrared and processes in sepia and black and white, to highlight the stark beauty of the southwestern landscape and its people.


The Unwelcome Guest

Text & photo by Maryann Gaug

young gopher snake invades van camper
A young gopher snake invaded my van camper!

Arriving at Wheeler Peak campground in Great Basin National Park, I found the perfect campsite for Rover, my camper van, for 4 nights. I leveled Rover, got settled, and paid the campground fee. Then I opened the door to the bathroom and there was the snake. ACK!! A SNAKE!! ACK!! A small one, about 2 feet long, yellowish with a black pattern, with oblong head – at least it wasn’t a pit viper (venomous). Maybe a small bull snake or large garter snake. It wriggled on the floor trying to crawl up the wall. Heck, I was at 9,880 feet! I had no idea of how it got in the bathroom. I was so shaken that I didn’t even take a picture. I decided to find someone to help me (I figured I needed at least 4 hands and 2 heads). 


Rutting & Rooting

Text and photo by Kenita Gibbins

Rutting Season in Rocky Mountain National Park

bull elk on ground in grasses
Bull elk keeping watch over his harem.

The elk stands tall and weighs up to 1000 pounds, becoming a fascinating species within the deer family.