Petroglyphs, Ghost Towns and Sand Dunes All At Night

Landscape astrophotography in Southern New Mexico in the month of June is an astrophotographer’s paradise. June is normally a very dry time in Southern NM, with cloudless, starry skies, and the galactic center of the Milky Way is at its best. The warm desert nights are comfortable and are very conducive to relaxing and photographing the treasures of New Mexico and its dark skies. Join veteran MW Pro Thomas O'Brien and local pro Wayne Suggs on this amazing night photography workshop!

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is one of the largest and most interesting petroglyph sites in the Southwest. It has over 21,000 petroglyphs created by the Jornada Mogollon people, dating back between 900 and 1400 AD. Add all of this to with the incredible backdrop of 12,000 foot Sierra Blanca Peak. We will photograph these incredible historic works of art with the ancient light from the stars in our skies. You can also count on some great sunsets to photograph here as well.

We will also be shooting in the ghost town of White Oaks, considered one of the liveliest towns in New Mexico in the late 1890s, and also some of the historic abandoned homes around Carrizozo, New Mexico. We will light up these historic homes from the late 1800s, showing the beautiful rustic nature and incredible detail with the Milky Way as a backdrop.

Tucked away in the Tularosa Basin in Southern New Mexico is White Sands National Monument. Covering 275 square miles, it’s the largest gypsum dune field in the entire world. When the Monument is closed down for the night, we will have the entire park to ourselves. Photographing the incredible gypsum dunes at night with the stars as a backdrop is a once in a lifetime experience. Count on great sunrise and sunset photographs here as well.


New Mexico




June 23–26, 2017

Fitness Level:

Short walks over soft sand 

Your Pros:

Thomas O'Brien
Wayne Suggs


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Great people. Amazing location. Awesome teachings. I can’t wait to experience another Muench Workshop!
— Kerry Ellis, Scotland '08

Itinerary and General Information

June 23, 2017: Meet in the Tularosa Basin Gallery basement at 11:00am. This is where we'll be holding our image reviews and post processing lessons. Arrive a few minutes early to look around the gallery as well. Introductions and discussion will take place prior to lunch and travel to 3 Rivers to view night locations. Dinner in town of Carrizozo followed by night shoot.

June 24, 2017: Meet for breakfast at 9:00am followed by image review and processing lessons in Gallery. Lunch followed by visit to ghost Town to photograph and visit night locations. Dinner in town of Carrizozo followed by night shoot.

June 25, 2017: Meet for breakfast at 9:00am, followed by image review and processing lessons in Gallery. Lunch and drive to White Sands to our camp. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the amazing gypsum sand dunes, photograph sunset and dine under the stars. Plan on being up most of the night photographing the dark skies. Our outfitters will have tents for all, a mess tent for shade, shelter and dining and hot coffee and tea available at all times. You will be responsible for your own sleeping bag and pillow, sleeping pads are supplied. 

June 26, 2017: Photograph sunrise over the dunes, enjoy a hot breakfast and say goodbye.

Closest airport is in El Paso Texas (ELP). Flights can be made for anytime after 2:00pm. 

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)
  • All meals during the workshop
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction
  • Inspiration, fun and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Travel to and from Carrizozzo, New Mexico. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Travel and trip cancelation insurance. Anything not specifically listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $1,000 will hold your place on this workshop. The balance of $1,250 will be due not later than April 15, 2017. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

Dark skies, camping under the stars, ancient rock art, 2 pros—what more could you ask for? If you've been considering learning how to capture the night skies, don't delay—click the "Sign Me Up!" button now and register, and we'll see you in New Mexico! Got questions?