• Cassandra Vagher

Colorado Engagement Photo Locations

Updated: Sep 28

WOOHOO! You're newly engaged, congrats! Since I'm a Colorado engagement photographer I put together this list of AMAZING locations for your Colorado engagement photos, spanning all over the state. Check out these epic locations to get your ideas going (some also double as great places for an elopement). I regularly update this blog post with new locations as I discover them, or I have the opportunity to photograph my clients there. I also created the above video on colorado engagement picture locations for those of you who don't want to read (it's okay I'm the same).


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The Best Places In Colorado For Engagement Photos By Colorado Engagement Photographer Cassandra Vagher Creative

Don't want to read? Don't worry, I created this video just for you! Check out these awesome places for your engagement photos. By the way, that's me in the video, Cassandra Vagher, Colorado engagement photographer. Check out my favorite Colorado engagement photo spots:


This Guide Contains The Following Colorado Engagement Photo Locations:

1. Rocky Mountain National Park

2. Chautauqua Park Engagement Photos

3. Lost Gulch Overlook Engagement Photos

4. Mount Falcon Park Engagement Photos

5. Golden Gate Canyon State Park Engagement Photos

6. Boulder Falls Engagement Photos

7. Lookout Mountain Engagement Photos

8. Breckenridge Engagement Photos

9. Sapphire Point Engagement Photos

10. Standley Lake Engagement Photos

11. The Calhan Paint Mines Engagement Photos

12. Belmar Park Engagement Photos

13. The Sand Dunes Engagement Photos

14. RiNo Engagement Photos

15. Crested Butte Engagement Photos

16. Steamboat Lake State Park Engagement Photos

17. Union Station Engagement Photos

18. Echo Lake Engagement Photos

19. North Table Mountain Engagement Photos

20. Evergreen Lake House Engagement Photos

21. The Pumpkin Patch Engagement Photos

22. Clear Creek Engagement Photos

23. Golden Historic Park Engagement Photos

24. The Western Slope Engagement Photos

25. Engagement Photos at Wineries in Palisade

26. Telluride, Colorado

27. The Botanic Gardens

28. The Dillion Ice Castles

29. Your Own Private Property

30. University Engagement Photos

31. Red Rocks Amphitheater Engagement Photos

32. The Sunflower Fields at Anderson Farms

33. Black Canyon of the Gunnison

34. Ridgeway, Colorado

36. Other Hiking Locations for Engagement Photos

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1. Rocky Mountain National Park Engagement Photos



Rocky Mountain National Park is by far one of my favorite Colorado locations for engagement photos because of the hundreds of epic backdrops it provides. The above photo is of the hike up to Dream Lake (a two-mile hike) with the epic Hallett Peak in the background. The smaller photo is just a boulder with a great view on the hike! Go during sunset to get insanely good photos, but give yourself about two hours at this location (and bring headlamps). Most of this hike is paved and it's easy, however, I still recommend wearing shoes you can walk in and packing the cute ones for the photos like Aisling did here! Dream Lake is my favorite spot in the park currently, and I'd be happy to take you on a guided engagement tour!


On your way to Dream Lake, you'll pass through Moraine Park which is very easily accessible with no hike required. This location is best during summer or autumn when it's fully lush or changing colors. Morain Park has parking nearby or on the street.




Sprague Lake is another easy to access location that doesn't require any hiking and minimal walking. It's very popular for weddings, so beware, if you're headed there for your engagement photos you'll have crowds, families, and possibly couples saying their vows. It's still worth a few photos though!



If you're looking for more of an adventure hiking session check out Sky Ridge Pond via Glacier Gorge. It's a popular 9.5-mile hike that's fairly difficult. However, it has great views with wildflowers, waterfalls, and is well worth it! If you're looking for optimal scenic views without hiking then check out Trailridge road for your engagement photos. Alpine Ridge Trail, Medicine Bow Curve, Gore Range Overlook, and Trail Ridge Road Summit all have insanely gorgeous views with little effort (just takes a bit of driving!).


Note: This location requires a photography permit and an entrance fee per vehicle. Your Colorado engagement photographer should help explain permits to you.




2. Chautauqua Park Engagement Photos

Chautauqua Park is popular for Boulders' iconic flatirons. Most couples who don't want to hike or travel far for their mountain backdrop choose this location for their Colorado engagement photos. If you do choose to hike for your engagement photo session my favorite trail is the Royal Arch trail that's roughly 4 miles and rated hard. However, it is dog friendly! Most of my clients do not do the hike, instead, they head up to the next engagement photo location Lost Gulch Overlook.


Note: This location has a parking fee and requires a photography permit.





3. Lost Gulch Overlook Engagement Photos


Lost Gulch Overlook is a highly trafficked spot in Boulder, Colorado because it's so easy to access on Flagstaff Mountain. Yet, I wouldn't pass it up for that reason if you like the views because sunsets from this location can be absolutely insane and make the most magical engagement photos you've ever seen!


This location might be easy to access, but it's not easy to walk on. If you have a fear of heights, it may not be the best option for you. I recommend that clients wear hiking shoes for their own safety, you can into something fancier for the photos once you reach the spot for photos.


Note: This location has a parking fee and requires a photography permit.







4. Mount Falcon Park Engagement Photos


Mount Falcon Park is best known for its views of Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It's easy to access, close to Denver and requires some walking, but very minimal to no hiking depending on the view you want. It also offers it's own cool rock formations, so you get more of that Red Rocks vibe.






5. Golden Gate Canyon State Park Engagement Photos

If you're in search of a location near Denver for your engagement photos that have amazing fall colors you're going to want to go to Golden Gate Canyon State Park. This location might not have the easiest to reach or best scenic views, but the aspen forests and color is insanely gorgeous!


There is no one specific location that I think is best in the park, the hiking trails and pull-offs all offer great fall foliage and scenery.


Note: this location does require an entrance fee and a photography permit.











6. Boulder Falls Engagement Photos

Boulder falls is one of the easiest to access waterfalls, and it's also a cool view! It's a 100-yard hike from the trailheads (woohoo!), the drive is the hardest part! Make sure the road is open, it's closed certain days for construction. You can usually start at this location in boulder, and still go to Chautauqua and Lost Gulch on the same night. It makes for a ton of photo backdrops!




7. Lookout Mountain Engagement Photos

There are multiple locations for photos at Lookout Mountain, which makes it a versatile site! Each has unique views of the mountains at sunset, and most of them are drive-up and no hike! However, I still recommend wearing shoes you can walk in because there are both cliffs and rocky terrain depending on the spot. While most of my sessions are full of sunshine and gorgeous sunsets at this location, it can still be very cool on days with stormy weather (pictured on the left). Lookout Mountain is roughly 30 minutes outside of Denver, so it is a heavily trafficked site. Windy Saddle Park and Lookout Mountain Park are two of the more popular photo locations.




8. Breckenridge Engagement Photos

It's too hard to pick one spot in Breckenridge for engagement photos. Between the ski slopes, many hikes, and other locations, if you have an experienced photographer who knows the area there's plenty to choose from. If you're looking to have an adventurous engagement session with hiking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, or skiing this is a great place. Ask me for my favorite snowshoeing spot!


9. Sapphire Point Engagement Photos

Sapphire Point is a lookout over Dillion Reservoir in Summit County. This scenic view requires a little walking for a great view, but as you can see even my maternity clients love it. If you're doing engagement photos here make sure you're at the top of the sapphire point overlook at sunset, but you can head to a few different areas of the lake prior to getting a few different views in! This location is great every season. Even winter is phenomenal!






10. Standley Lake Engagement Photos


I grew up near Standley Lake, located in Westminster, Colorado, and I still love it! I think its beauty is often overlooked since it's boarders two cities, however, it still offers great views of the flatirons, sunsets, beachy vibes depending on the depth of the lake, and it's naturally gorgeous. It offers a variety of backdrops, and it requires just a small amount of hiking from the parking lot to the lake. I particularly love this location during the winter with fresh snow, it will give your engagement photos a nice clean minimalist look,m but still outdoorsy! If you want a few other views to mix Pattridge Open Space or Colorado Hills Open space gives you interesting grasslands as well.






11. The Calhan Paint Mines Engagement Photos

If you want unique western desert vibes for your Colorado engagement photos consider the Paint Mines in Calhan, Colorado. It's known as the "Paint Mines Interpretive Park" it's hidden in the middle of the grass and prairie lands roughly 30 minutes outside of Colorado springs. See the cool rock formations? Those are known as hoodoo and this location is one of three places in the USA that has them! So it really is special! Some portions of the park are more minimalist with all white rocks, and then others are more colorful like the photo above. Bring your favorite boho dress for your engagement shoot, maybe even toss on your favorite adventure hat, it will be cute!


Also, notice I snuck a picture of myself in here for you! Note: Dogs, bikes, and climbing are not allowed at the Paint Mines.







12. Belmar Park Engagement Photos

I was a little shocked at how lovely this park is being smacked dab in the middle of Lakewood! The Belmar Park is generous during the fall, with a reflective lake and colorful trees, making it good for wedding photos, and also excellent for your engagement photos!





13. The Sand Dunes