Garmin and Remote Travel Photography: A Match Made in Heaven

One of the best things about being a photographer is being in the moment and places to snag an image that can be brought home and enjoyed by my clients in their own home or business. This often means traveling to remote locations and off the beaten path...often for sunrise, or sunsets which mean hiking in or out before or after dark. Garmin makes this easy and I will give you a few personal instances where I've had to use my Garmin Fenix 6X Pro to get in our out of a location.

Mount Sneffels with a fresh coat of snow along with brightly covered fall colors set the stage just outside of Ouray, Colorado.

Colorado landscapes are some of the most gorgeous landscape during the fall time. The Dallas Divide and Mount Sneffels shown here is one of my favorites views. A clearing storm gave the mountains a fresh coat of snow. This mountain Mount Sneffels is the highest summit of the Sneffels Range in the Rocky Mountains of North America. The prominent 14,158-foot fourteener is located in the Mount Sneffels Wilderness of Uncompahgre National Forest.

Colorado Fall Colors and Rocky Mountains

While there are many great drives in Colorado to go see fall colors, the best views aren't always roadside stops. Colorado has many county roads through the San Juan Mountains and Uncompahgre National Forest. I've traveled many of these, often with a 4-wheel drive vehicle and then hiked out to a location. Photographing sunset at Chimney Rock was a great evening. We hiked out a couple hours before sunset and hiking back down after dark required mapping the route in, then using my Fenix 6x Pro to follow the same route back out in the dark.

Chimney Rock in the San Juan mountains takes on the last light from sunset with sheets of rain and a rainbow to end the night.

Chimney Rock clashes with weather elements in the San Juan mountains in Colorado. Sheets of rain and a rainbow with Chimney rock in the center. The aspen trees in the valley were just glowing as the sun goes down.

Hike to Mount Everest Base Camp

In 2021, I hiked to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Five14 was an excellent guide service that I would highly recommend for anyone wanting to see the beautiful landscape of Nepal and the Himalayas. It was an incredible hike and Five14 got every single person on our team to Base Camp.

Before leaving for Nepal, we found all the daily hikes on Garmin Connect, and loaded them to the Garmin Fenix 6X Pro. This was 12 days of hiking and each day we were able to track elevation changes and miles hiked.

Garmin Fenix 6X Pro showing an elevation of 18,629 feet at the top of Kala Patthar, Nepal.


Thanks to Garmin, we were able to determine that we hiked up to 18,629 ft of elevation over 47 miles and, when we added it all up, had over 25,000 gross feet of elevation change just to get to Mount Everest Base Camp.

Mt. Everest at nightfall with the milkyway galaxy hangs over the top of the tallest mountain in the world. Nepal's Himalaya mountains are spectacular.

Mount Everest under our Milkyway galaxy. Taken from Kala Patthar at 18,600ft. Incredible views of the tallest mountain range in the world.

See Joe Garza's Himalayan Mountains and Nepal gallery for stunning views captured on this trek!

Garmin and it's GPS on screen navigation, off-route notifications have been invaluable as a travel photographer. Knowing the elevation, GPS coordinates always help mark where I took photos and add to telling the story of each photo captured.

Stunning scenes from Hawaii, Colorado, Grand Tetons, Alaska...thanks, Garmin, for getting this button pusher in and out safely.