Tour Details

Bosque del Apache is a National Wildlife refuge located in San Antonio, Socorro County, New Mexico. It is a wintering home for thousands of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese. Bosque del Apache is considered a bird photography mecca. It is home to several duck species, and hawks and eagles are attracted to the area as well. The close proximity of the birds, and their presence in incredible numbers, makes Bosque a nature photographer’s “must visit” location. 

The abundance of birds, combined with some truly spectacular desert sunrises and sunsets that produce magical light, makes this locale the perfect arena to learn about bird photography. With Aaron as your photographic guide and mentor along the way, you will find this a truly memorable journey. Join us for this exciting adventure, and experience the marvels of Bosque Del Apache.  Sign up today!

Images From Bosque Del Apache Photography Tours


“I have participated in 9 of Aaron’s Photo Tours over the last few years and I have already booked several more!  Aaron is the best photography tour/workshop leader I have ever met.  His personal concern for, and dedication to, his clients is extraordinary.  The pre-trip planning and attention to detail make every trip enjoyable and productive.  He has trained himself on virtually every camera/system that he might encounter, so that he is able to help each client as they need it.  On his trips we always find the birds and wildlife we are looking for and usually in the best lighting scenarios possible.  I would be remiss not to mention Sarah in the office and her exceptional work answering all my questions pre trip and helping me prepare for them.” 

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“Aaron Baggenstos is one of those rare individuals who is super-talented with photographic, instructional, as well as superb people skills. Combined with his cutting edge technological approach to photographing nature, his advocacy of the environment and his sheer methodological genius, he sets himself apart from his peers. This is a young man who is definitely leading the photographic revolution in nature and I count myself amongst the lucky ones who have learned more in one week than I have in one year with other photographic instructors and courses. The aurora still shines brightly from one of the most fantastic photo tours I have ever participated in. In large measure, it is directly related to the the sage-like wisdom of Aaron.”

Itinerary Includes

5 nights accommodations, meals, transportation throughout the tour, park entrance fees, classroom sessions, image review, and in field photographic instruction.


  • You will experience the wonders of the Bosque del Apache, a bird photography mecca known for its magical light.
  • You can photograph the marvelous migration of literally thousands of snow geese and sand hill cranes.
  • This is the perfect venue to learn innovative techniques, which will enable you to capture birds in flight.
  • Allow Aaron’s fine attention to detail and meticulous trip planning and experience to guide you to the adventure and photographs you desire.  Oh, and have a blast doing it!

Tour Info:

Dec. 15-20, 2022 (Sold Out)

Group Size: 6 Participants

2022 Cost: $3495 ($395 Single Supplement)

We are not planning to run this trip in 2023.

Payment Terms: 25% Non-Refundable Deposit, Rest Due at 120 Days Before Departure

You can join the wait list for any sold out trip here.


Day 1:

Participants should arrive for a 6:30pm presentation and welcome dinner. Aaron will give an entertaining keynote where he showcases bird photography from around the world. He will teach you innovative techniques for capturing birds in flight.  His presentation will focus on methods you’ll want to use in order to maximize your photographic experience during your upcoming adventure.  Bring your camera, because this will be “hands on” session, to fine tune your cameras for the morning shoot. (Accommodations: Best Western Socorro Hotel & Suites)

Days 2-5:

5:30 am–11:30am – Morning photography outing.  We will catch blast off and that pre-sunrise magical light Bosque is so well known for.  

12pm -2:30am – Return to hotel for food, a break for downloads, and a classroom session with a review of the images you took that morning.

2:30pm–5:30pm – Evening photography outing.  We will photograph Bosque’s glorious golden hour of magical light until dark.  

6pm Dinner

(Accommodations: Best Western Socorro Hotel & Suites)

Day 6:

5:30 am–10am – Morning photography outing.  Departures.  Schedule flights after 1:30pm.

*This itinerary is subject to changes based on weather and wildlife fluctuations.



Aaron Baggenstos

In the last 10 years Aaron has led over 200 wildlife photography tours around the world. He has earned a reputation for his gracious teaching style to photographers of all skill levels and extensive knowledge of Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and Olympus digital cameras.