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Best Colorado Landscape Photography Locations

Colorado’s Top 10 Landscape Photography Spots

Though Colorado is brimming with landscape photography opportunities, this list of best Colorado landscape photography locations includes the spots that have been the most productive for me.  If this was a comprehensive list I might have also included great photography spots like Great Sand Dunes and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Dinosaur National Monument, Grand Mesa, Colorado National Monument, and more.  Also to note, it was difficult rating the best photography locations from top to bottom; you could truly photograph any of these locations and walk away happy. So take the 1 through 10 positions with a grain of salt.

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Colorado San Juan Mountains (Positions 1,2,3)

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The Colorado San Juan Mountains are a landscape photography wonderland with the BIGGEST views in Colorado.  Though the order of other photo locations on this list are negotiable, for me the San Juan Mountains have given me my best landscape photos in Colorado. Why? Within a relatively small area, the San Juan Mountains are packed with one great composition after another, both on road or and in the backcountry.  For the 4×4 photographer, there are plenty of jeep trails and mountain passes to explore, which is a separate blog in itself.  In the San Juan Mountains it’s very convenient to base yourself in Ouray, Ridgway or Telluride to quickly reach dozens of targets.  The San Juan Mountains truly offer some of the best Rocky Mountain Landscape photography, and here are the top photo spots, but by no means all of them:

1. The Ridgway Area (CR-5, CR-7, CR-9, Mt. Sneffels Overlook and Last Dollar Rd.)

Ridgway (with no “e”) is a Rocky Mountain frontier town with unpaved roads, more cowboys than yuppies, and a bar that can still call itself a “saloon”.  It’s usually where I base myself while in the San Juan Mountains because it’s a stone’s throw from 5 heavy-hitting photography locations.

The County Roads (Cr-5, CR-7, CR-9)

CR-5 begins at the southwest corner of Ridgway off S. Amelia St. and winds several miles on a gravel road.  Here, the primary photo opportunity comes at the end where you suddenly find yourself a stone’s throw from the Sneffels Range across a valley.  The valley is filled with cattle and impressive aspen stands.  The view is jaw dropping when you come around the final bend because you come so close to the Sneffels range, and is one of my favorite, classic Colorado shots.

Sneffels Range Sunrise Fall Colors

Dallas Divide sunrise in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains

After CR-5, head back to Ridgway and then west on Hwy 62 to reach CR-7. CR-7 has several good photos along the way, but the real magic comes at the end where you’ll be presented with a huge view of Mt. Sneffels.  There are different ways to photograph it either from high up on the road or down in the valley, which has a split rail fence, a stream and several beaver ponds.

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View of Mt. Sneffels at the end of County Rd. 7

Further west on Hwy 62 is CR-9.  It doesn’t provide a single notable composition, but of the 3 country roads, it offers the most continuous photo opportunities along the way.

In dry weather any vehicle can handle the county roads, including basic sedans. Expect frequent washboards though, and things may be a little dicey when wet.

Dallas Divide Overlook

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The Dallas Divide near Ridgway, Colorado

West of CR-9 on Hwy 62 you’ll come to the Dallas Divide overlook.  It’s a big gravel lot on the south side of the road that you can’t miss.  Though it may be low-hanging-fruit, the view still makes for one of the best fall colors landscape photos in Colorado.

Last Dollar Rd.

Last Dollar Road is an epic photographer’s playground because it’s so long, covers many elevations, and winds around the north and south faces of the Dallas Divide.  It cuts the corner between Hwy 62 and Telluride, and is missed by many people.  After it traverses the Dallas Divide, you’ll be on the Telluride side and in for another round of breath-taking shots. Last Dollar Road passes spectacular aspen groves, big mountains, pioneer structures, split rail fences, and ranches.  For the serious photographer, it’s worth devoting an entire day to Last Dollar Rd, working your way in either direction for sunrise, and then back again for Sunset.

Last Dollar Road is negotiable by sedans in dry weather, though you will scrape bottom in a few spots, encounter minor stream crossings, and be on shelf roads at times.  Though I have seen subcompacts negotiate this road in the dry, if it rains or snows, a sedan is quite unsafe and will get stuck, or worse.

 

View of San Miguel Mountains from Last Dollar Rd.

View of San Miguel Mountains from Last Dollar Rd.

2. Owl Creek Pass

Cimarron Rd./858 winds between Hwy 50 and Ridgway, and travels past spectacular Owl Creek Pass.  Owl Creek Pass, south of Silverjack Reservoir, is one of the best Autumn panoramic photos in Colorado.  If you’re making a Colorado photography road trip from north to south, it’s efficient to stop at Owl Creek Pass on your way to Ridgway after you’ve visited Crested Butte.  Instead of driving on Hwy 50 and then south on Hwy 550, head west on Hwy 50 and then south Cimarron Rd.  In dry weather there are no difficult sections on this gravel road, but it has pretty bad washboards, and the descent into Ridgway is very winding.

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Owl Creek Pass

3. Blue Lakes, Ice Lakes and the Weminuche Wilderness

These areas offer some of the best backcountry landscape photography, and are bigger and more jagged than photos attainable by road.  Blue Lakes and Ice Lakes are day hikes, but are so composition rich that most photographers wouldn’t mind spending a few days there.  The Weminuche is Colorado’s largest wilderness area, and requires a lifetime to explore.  Most photos in Blue Lakes, Ice Lakes and the Weminuche take place above above aspen treeline, therefore make for better summer photography than fall colors photography.

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Crested Butte, Colorado (Positions 4,5,6)

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  • Kebler Pass Road
  • Ohio Pass Rd
  • Washington Gulch Rd. and Gothic Rd.

4. Kebler Pass Rd.

Crested Butte is off the beaten path compared to other Colorado mountain towns, which preserves its rugged feel.  Crested Butte’s real draw for photographers is Kebler Pass Rd., (CR-12), arguably the single most heavy hitting drive in Colorado for landscape photography, and possibly in the entire lower 48.  It’s surrounded by conical peaks and sweeping aspen valleys. It’s fantastic for either fall colors photography, or summer wildflower photography (around July 15th).  Some of the notable shots on Kebler Pass Rd. are The Dyke, East Beckwith Mountain, West Beckwith Peak, Ragged Peak, Lost Lake Slough, and Marcellina Mountain.  There are plenty of day hikes along the road, and you can simply pull off and aimlessly wander through the particularly spectacular aspen forests.

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East Beckwith Peak from Kebler Pass Rd, Crested Butte

5. Ohio Pass Rd.

Heading south off Kebler Pass Rd. is Ohio Pass Rd (CR-Rd 730).  In contrast to the National Forest backdrop of Kebler Pass Rd., Ohio Pass Rd. is mostly ranch land with incredible backdrops of steep peaks.  You get a great view of the Castles from the top of Ohio Pass, and there are countless “secret” hikes to explore. If you’re taking a fall colors photography tour through Colorado, it’s likely that you’ll be heading south to the San Juan Mountains after visiting Crested Butte .  If that’s the case, you should head south on Ohio Pass Rd. to reach HWY 50 instead of using HWY 135 to reach Gunnison.

Ranch land along Ohio Pass Rd.

Ranch land along Ohio Pass Rd.

6. Washington Gulch Rd. and Gothic Rd.

Washington Gulch Rd. is best experienced as summer drive for wildflower photography.  It’s a short side trip if you’re already in Crested Butte and yields stunning photos with Gothic Mountain and Mt. Crested Butte in the background.

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After spring has passed on the Front Range, and everything drys up and turns yellow, it’s just beginning again in the high country. The fields of Lupines in Crested Butte are amazing.

Gothic Rd. is a longer drive with plenty of interesting landscape photos, backcountry trails, and a ghost town (turned research station).  If you have a capable 4×4 and nerves of steel, Gothic Rd leads up to the famous and dangerous Schofield Pass, which takes you down to the Old Crystal Mill, Lizard Lake, and the town of Marble.

 7. Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Indian Peaks Wilderness Wetland

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Lake Isabelle

Indian Peaks Wilderness is Rocky Mountain National Park’s less refined sibling.  It’s strictly a backcountry photo location and packs the best photography in Northern Colorado.  That’s a hefty claim against RMNP, I know.  In my experience, the trails in Indian Peaks have multiple photo compositions along the way, whereas most trails in RMNP are single destination shots.  It’s less regulated, less expensive and less crowded than RMNP, and therefore is easier to “use” for the photographer.  My favorite hike in Indian Peaks, and one of the best in Colorado, is the Crater Lake trail to the base of Lone Eagle Peak.  This trail produced 3 of my all time best photos from Colorado on a single trip.  For shorter day hikes, my favorites are Blue Lake and Lake Isabelle, which both originate at the Brainard Lake trail.

8. Rocky Mountain National Park

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The dramatic Glacier Gorge region of Rocky Mountain National Park

Emerald Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

Emerald Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

I probably needn’t explain why Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best Colorado landscape photography locations.  Just know that roadside photography doesn’t do it justice, to get the best photos you must head into the backcountry.   My favorite backcountry photography area in Rocky Mountain National park is  the Glacier Gorge region.  If you enlarge the topo map to the left you can see why; steeply gouged glacial valleys make for dramatic photos.  To get there, drive to to the end of Bear Lake Rd. and pick any trailhead.  It doesn’t matter which one because each trail ventures to a stunning alpine lake with steep mountain walls behind it.  Black Lake, The Loch, Sky Pond, Mills Lake, Dream Lake, etc… are all incredible.  Photographing in Rocky Mountain National Park is challenging because most shots are east-facing sunrise photos.  To reach most of them in time, you basically need to leave your house the night before and begin hiking in the dark.  Dream Lake however, which is the featured photo at the top, is a very short 45 minute hike (in the snow).  Being a National Park and not a National Forest, backcountry camping is somewhat more tangled in red-tape.   Advanced reservations are needed to avoid fully-booked camp spots, and there are higher fees.  In Summer, hiking before sunrise at this elevation can still be quite chilly and requires a jacket.  In June, the higher trails are often still covered in snow. In Winter, when standing in the open on any of the frozen lakes, plan for the most brutal, arctic conditions imaginable, with hurricane-force wind.  The Winter wind has blasted my eyes so fiercely at times that I teared profusely and the salt water froze on my lashes upon hitting the air, forming ice chunks around my eyes.  You can’t wear goggles while framing shots 😉

9. Boulder Flatirons

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Lupine wildflower photography at the Boulder Flatirons

The Boulder Flatirons are an easily accessible photographer’s playground, and can prolifically produce a cornucopia of  keeper photos in just a morning’s work.  I think they’re the best Front Range photography location in Colorado, although Red Rocks and the Garden of the Gods might take offense.  A lot of Denver/Front Range photographers like the Flatirons for different reason in different season.  The Flatirons in Winter are magical at dawn after a fresh powder drop.  I’ve gotten my best photos here during the Front Range’s wildflower season (May-June).  At this time you can photograph dozens of low-mid elevation wildflower species with the Flatirons towering in the background.  The best locations to capture a wide shot of the Flatirons are Chautauqua Park and Flatirons Vista Open Space.  The flatirons are an interesting photography location because the ecocline between prairie and foothills ecosystems brings biological diversity. There’s a web of hiking trails to explore.  Wandering around in the springtime after an afternoon shower with flowers blooming, frogs calling, and wetland birds returning is one of my favorite Colorado experiences.

10. Maroon Bells

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Maroon Bells Colorado, Sunrise in Summer

I begrudgingly include Maroon Bells as one of the best Colorado landscape photography locations because it’s unverifiably the most photographed mountain scene in America, and a top selling print for most Colorado landscape photographers.  This is simply because it’s a jaw dropping photo that most photographers can capture if conditions are right.  Personally though, if I’m short on time, Maroon Bells is the first place I’ll skip.  That’s because it’s an easy composition that anybody with a camera can make look good, and during fall colors at sunrise, you’ll be elbow to elbow with hundreds of photographers crowding the shores of Maroon Lake.

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Maroon Bells at Peak Fall Colors

It’s still a gorgeous scene, and though everybody and their 3rd cousin has “THE SHOT”, there are still a lot of alternative compositions and hikes to explore.  I suppose the real challenge to photographing Maroon Bells is being there for “once-in-a-decade” conditions when the Bells are at peak fall colors with a dusting of snow, a perfect reflection on the lake, golden sunrise, and good clouds.

 

 

 Where to Sleep and what kind of Vehicle to Rent in Colorado

When conditions are dry, all of the destinations and trailheads on this list can be reached in a sedan, however they will be bumpy, and unreachable in rain or snow.  In the Colorado high country, being caught off-guard by a major blizzard during fall colors is very common, and even possible in July, which would maroon most sedans.  Therefore, a basic SUV, cross-over or at least a Subaru would be best.  A Jeep or dedicated off-road vehicle is not necessary unless you plan on making a side trip on a 4×4 trail or backcountry mountain pass.

As for lodging, the main point I’d like to convey is that free (or cheap) Nat’l Forest camp sites are frequent throughout the San Juan Mountain and Crested Butte areas-you just have to look for them.  Not much can top waking up to the rich smell of golden aspen leaves covering the forest floor, and Elk bugling in the evening.  I can usually find camp spots very close to my shooting locations.

I don’t know much about staying in Hotels because I sleep in my truck (or tent at the listed backcountry locations), but I do know that rooms are expensive in the Mountains, and reservations are hard to come by during peak wildflowers and leaf-peeping season.

 

About Bryan Maltais

I'm a Colorado landscape photographer based in Ft. Collins. I blog about adventure in the Rocky Mountains and photo technique. I also make nature documentaries, tinker around with websites and grow vegetables.

44 Comments

  • debey43@gmail.com' Rick DeBey says:

    Having grown up and lived in Granby Colorado. I to have my best photos on the Crater Lake trail, (West side of the divide or the Grand Lake side.). And the last mile before Crater lake, approaching Lone Eagle Peek. I have made the trip several times during the month of April, dead of winter in that area at that time of year . we would snow shoe up and ski back to Monarch lake. With Crater. lake all to our selves. Sharing it only with the beauty of winter and the danger of avalanche.

  • ryan@myuglyphotos.com' Ryan says:

    Awesome post Bryan!

    I’ll be Colorado in early October and I plan on taking a 3-4 day road/ photo trip while i’m there. So I can better plan my route, I have a couple of questions . You didnt mention the Gunnison Black Canyon or Great Sand Dunes National Parks. I have been to Gunnison before and loved it. What’s your opinion about the Great Sand Dunes, is it worth going?
    Have you ever taken train from Durango to Silverton? I was planning on taking it for the views, but now that I’ve seen your scenic drives in the San Juan Mountains, I’m not sure.
    What would you recomend if you could only do a couple of day hikes in early october?

    Heres my best photo from Gunnison
    http://www.myuglyphotos.com/2012/01/06/morning-perfection-black-canyon-of-the-gunnison/

    Thanks,

    Ryan

    • Hello Ryan!

      If you’ve only got 3-4 days in Colorado GSDNP is not worth a stop in my opinion. Not because it isn’t beautiful, but during fall colors, there are far more productive areas that you could spend those short days you have. GSdNP is essentially a one stop destination, with a few compositions, whereas CB or the San Juans have dozens of shots (if not more) all close to each other. The Aspen stands there are also better. I did take the train. Do I recommend it just for fun and beauty? Sure. But if I only had 3-4 days I wouldn’t burn 4+ hours on the train when I could be driving the roads in this blog. The areas I wrote about are HIGHLY productive. In CB Beckwith Pass is a great Hike, In the San Juans Blue Lakes is.

  • srodich@live.com' Steve says:

    Hey Bryan,

    Thanks for this post. I’m leaving tomorrow for a wedding in Denver (my first time to Colorado) and I’m bring all of my camera equipment. I fly in early tomorrow morning and was hoping I could get in 3 hours or so maybe at the Boulder Flatirons since it seems close. What do you think? I have a full day Saturday and I’m looking to pack the day with a trip that has the most possibilities, thoughts? Sunday I fly late so I have the morning and late afternoon, then I have to go to the airport. I also bought a GoPro that I’m going to rig to the car and see what I capture in video. Any focused recommendations would be awesome. This list is great but there are too many options! I want the most bang for my time. Thanks again, great post.

    • Hey Steve, was away shooting fall colors, hope you figured out where to shoot. Flatirons or Roxbourough are ok with only 3 hours to spare and needing to stay around Denver, but would also have recommended RMNP.

  • jessicakcroll@gmail.com' Jesse says:

    Fantastic post, Bryan! This is my first time reading your blog and I will definitely return. I live in Boulder, CO so I feel very lucky to have found your website!

  • Bryan,
    Just found your blog, and it is a great resource! Heading out to Denver for 5 days April 24-29 SJNM and RNP are both top on the list. For this time of year what would be the most efficient loop to go around the state? A buddy of mine has a sedan and is staying out there so we plan on hitting as many sites as we can. Thanks also would like to try night photography while I am out there – recommendations?

    • 5 days is a bit short to cover much of the state. In July it would be worth the drive to CB or the San Juans, but in the end of April it’s still Winter in the Mountains and many of the best roads will still be closed, plus the aspens won’t have leaves yet. If you’ve never been to CO before then it still may be worth the drive just to see the mountains, but if you’re looking for perfect photos, the timing is off for a car tour.

      However, end of April is a GREAT time to just stay around RMNP and hike in to photo destinations. All the high lakes in the Glacier Gorge area will be beautifully half-melted, the mountains will still have snow on them, and there’s no leafless aspens at those elevations to worry about.

      For that matter you could pick some backcountry spots to hike into near CB or the San Juans, but again April isn’t the best time to cover ground with a car.

  • jb61264@yahoo.com' Jeff says:

    Thanks for this blog, my girlfriend and I are planning a trip to Colorado the last week or so in June. She has a best friend that lives in Ridgway so that will be a destination along our entire trip. We’ll be coming from Lincoln, NE and most like through Denver on the way there…any recommendations for a “loop” as we wind our way around and then back…we’ll come in on 76 from I80 and will most likely need to go back that way when we head home…probably 5-7 days

  • As a photographer, I must say, Colorado was really promising! Even though, I have travelled across the globe just to capture the most beautiful images for my fine art photographs, I will always come back to Colorado because of its splendour and the warmth of the hospitable people.

  • Bobby and I are driving to Colorado from North Carolina to Colorado June 2-24 to visit my son in Morrison with his tough 4 wheel drive truck. We are in our 70’s and all day hikes are out but we are avid wildlife and landscape photographers. We will have 2 weeks to make 2-3 day trips out from Morrison. What should we not miss?

    • Hi Melissa,
      Just getting your post now, was away from technology for a few weeks. As for Photography spots near the Denver area visit Mt. Evans. It’s not too far and has classic Colorado BIG scenery. Despite the name, it’s not just a big mountain that you drive up and then go home. It’s at least a half day’s worth of continuous alpine scenery. There are wild mountain goats at the top and you drive clear up to 14,000 ft. There are some easy hikes with pretty scenery, though not big mountain stuff, near Morrison at Red Rocks Park, Roxborough State Park, and also in Golden at South and North Table Mountains.

  • brian@opyd.com' Brian says:

    Amazing colors out there. I lived for 8 years in the Swiss alps and your images remind me of some great times I had exploring Switzerland. I’m feeling inspired to head out west after seeing your work. Great tips, thanks for sharing your secrets.

  • artbykiddo@yahoo.com' Edwin Soriano says:

    Ahhh-mazingg! Thank you for this post. Plus one on my bucket list. Would you be interested in providing a photo tour for these places? I’ll be the first to sign up.

  • paullanigan@me.com' Paul Lanigan says:

    Hello from Ireland. Fantastic blog Bryan. Love your images.

    What brought me to your site is a visit (for work) to Denver next February. I’ll have two days to shoot. Where would you recommend at that time of year for classic landscapes (mountains/lakes, etc)

    Paul

    • Thanks Paul. In Winter there are very few worthy places that remain reachable by vehicle, so it’s time for snow hiking. Despite the “foot of the Rockies” stereotype of Denver, you still have to drive some distance to reach true mountains. IMO the option near Denver that delivers the best Colorado Photography is Rocky Mountain National Park. Specifically, I’d recommend any of the trails that emanate from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead. Many of the trails reach about 10,500 ft with hurricane force wind and frigid temps, so pack for the worst. You can overnight and cheaply rent snowshoes in Estes Park. If you’d rather not cover great distance in those conditions, Dream Lake is the answer.

  • piperdn@msn.com' Scott Hays says:

    Love all the blog info and great questions that are being fielded. Even as a native Coloradoan is never hurts to keep searching for something new. Just a reminder to any and all of you coming to our beautiful state… we are a bit shy of oxygen up here. If you are going to be here for just a day or two, and are planning on getting out there on the trails, hiking a lot to get those shots, remember if you are coming from sea level, a lot of the places you are going to be shooting these aspen at are going to be around 9000′ or above. You are going to be finding yourself sucking all the air you can find around you.

    Plan on taking all the time in the world and enjoying what you see around you. Altitude sickness will ruin your trip quicker than a heavy wet snow followed by a freeze followed by a heavy wind all of which just took the colors right off the trees. And both just suck!!!

    But enjoy Colorado as much as you possibly can, just remember… there isn’t as much oxygen as you are used to, but the sky really is “that” blue, you aren’t seeing something strange in the sky.

  • paullanigan@me.com' Paul Lanigan says:

    HI Bryan,
    Simply stunning images!

    I came across your blog because I am on business in Denver next week (coming from Ireland) and I’ve built in two days for landscape photography.

    If you were me, where would you go? (I’m happy to drive a couple of hours and stay outside Denver to get closer to the action.

    I realise I’m probably coming at a bad time for Landscape so any advice you can give me would be really appreciated

    Paul

  • vincenguyen75@yahoo.com' Vince says:

    Hi Bryan,

    Beautiful photos my friend!
    I am coming to CO, land in Denver for a meeting but will have one full day to explore.
    Any recommendation for this time of the year for wildlife photography? Thanks,
    Vincequoc

  • markbuccolo@yahoo.com' Mark Buccolo says:

    Bryan,
    I’m going to be spending a week in and around RNP 8/15-8/22. Last here 4 years ago and am retuning to notch a few more 14’ers while here. Any recommendations for landscape opportunities outside of the park proper? Distance on a trail is no concern. 15 mile days are the norm on my hiking trips. I have my obligatory Maroon Lakes shot and have been to Evans (both locations were fantastic).
    Mark
    PS, love your work.

  • allanyordi@hotmail.com' Allan Monarres says:

    Your work and article is big in volumes and is really appreciated Bryan!!! I am as I write in Ouray trying to find my way into this vast land and searching for what the season is willing to give me. Once again thank you for sharing light and unbelievably valuable tips.
    P.S. if you have a gallery, I’d like to check it out before I leave.

    Allan.

    • Thank you Allan, I hope your trip was prosperous! Just the online gallery.

      • allanyordi@hotmail.com' Allan Monarres says:

        I was told I was too early in the season, but I still got to see and shoot various beautiful locations.
        I am back in Colorado heading West. Since I am in Fort Collins, I will aim for RMNP sunset, and maybe sunrise tomorrow.
        Thanks once again!
        Allan.

  • malloryroephotography@gmail.com' mallory roe says:

    Hi Bryan, You’ve got amazing work! I’m a landscape photographer from Kauai on my way to shoot a wedding in Longmont. Am staying in Ft Collins. I basically got two sunrises available to shoot for myself (and maybe some night stuff if theres some milkeyway?) what would be your top two locations for me to hit around these areas? I will take your word for it and if you come Kauai will totally return the favor;-) http://www.malloryroephoto.com instagram: @following_lucas & @malloryroe

    • Hi Mallory,

      While there may be little things to shoot immediately around Denver, your single real option is RMNP. Any of the locations in the park in this post are world class.

  • jeff@jeffstasney.com' Jeff says:

    Hi Bryan,

    Great work, and great post! I’m interested in shooting the best fall locations you mention here this fall. Planning to take a road trip which should allow me 7 shooting days in Colorado in the next 2 or 3 weeks, depending on conditions. Any recommendations on the order you’d approach the best fall destinations, and any idea of when the peak conditions might occur this year in these areas? Thanks, Jeff

    • Generally want to approach them from north to south. RMNP for example is already in fall colors, but the San Juans won’t peak for a few weeks. Through years of shooting fall colors I’ve seen them peak anywhere from the last week of Sept to the 2nd week of Oct, but the most common peak time are the first few days of Oct. I don’t really bother trying to chase peak anymore and simply go at that time.

  • jeff@jeffstasney.com' Jeff says:

    Thanks Bryan,

    Heading out latter part of next week so we’ll see what the conditions bring. Thanks again!!

  • felix@fbarraphoto.com' Felix Barra says:

    Hi Bryan, i will be in vail / beaber creek area, for the next 7 days which is the best spot to shoot? any recomendations? best regards from cancun mexico

    • Hi Felix, to be honest I don’t shoot much around the I70 corridor and there are no doubt some other photographers that are more knowledgeable to ask than me about that area.

  • Scott.cook@schneider-electric.com' Scott Cook says:

    Bryan,

    Excellent work! Headed to Colorado next week Jan. 2017 and wanted to ask if you had any tips for a day or two shoot in the area. Staying in Colorado Springs but can travel. Not sure where to go this time of year with the weather. Feel free to email me is easier.

    Thanks in advance,

    Scott