There are so many engagement photo locations in Northern Colorado, so it can be challenging to find the perfect one! I have chosen 8 of my favorite locations to help you decide on the perfect place for your engagement photo session.
Oh, we live only 45 minutes from a beautiful national park, so why wouldn’t you want to take photos here! There is beautiful hikes, rivers, lakes, mountains, and some of my favorite views. Just an FYI, it does cost $25 to enter the park (unless you purchase an annual pass). A few specific ideas for your Rocky Mountain National Park engagement photos are:
Old Town Fort Collins is fun and lively and will give more urban feel to your engagement photos! You and your partner can walk around and find a variety of backdrops from fountains to flowers to alleyways. If you get your photos done in the wintertime, there are twinkling lights all around that make this area extra magical. To make your engagement session even more fun, you could include a brewery tour at New Belgium Brewery, stop for a sweet treat at Little Bird Bakeshop, or get a appetizer on the patio at the Union.
Devil’s Backbone is a beautiful and unique hike in Loveland, CO. The hike is perfect for all levels of adventure because each part of the trail has different views. The trail head has some picnic tables and trees. As you keep walking, there are fun bridges which take you to the view of the backbone-like rocks. These rocks are an amazing backdrop to your engagement photos! If you are up for a little more hiking, you can make it to the keyhole – a hole in the rocks where you can see the mountain view! And a bonus, dogs are allowed on a leash at this trail, so bring your furry friends!
FYI: There is a $9 parking fee.
Golden Gate Canyon is a state park located northwest of Golden, CO. With almost 19 square miles to explore, this park is a perfect spot for your engagement photos! You can drive the main road and stop at the different overlooks for photos to include a variety of backdrops. You could walk a nature trail to see the view and enjoy time with your love. You could take on a more challenging hike to see the forest and include an adventure in your engagement session. Golden Gate Canyon is perfect for any couple who wants a mountain experience for their engagement session!
FYI: There is a $9 daily vehicle pass.
St. Vrain Canyon is a beautiful drive up through the mountains on Highway 7 west of Longmont and Lyons. There a many pull offs on the side of the road next to the river to get out and snap some photos of you and your partner! The rushing river combined with the canyon feel is a unique spot for your engagement photos. This drive can be as long or short as you like. Maybe you will end up in Allenspark, CO or in front Chapel on the Rock. A scenic drive and engagement photos are the perfect combination when you are in the St. Vrain Canyon!
Brainard Lake is a beautiful recreational area on Highway 72 just west of Boulder. This location feels so far away from city life, and it is the perfect escape for you! Enjoy nature, walk along the lake shore, and wander through the aspen trees. If you go here in the fall, you might be lucky enough to see the aspen changing colors. This pop of color is unreal and a beautiful addition to your engagement photo session. There are some easy walking trails to explore, and for the more adventurous couple, there are some beautiful hikes around the lake.
FYI: There is a $12 fee to enter.
Are you wanting all the mountain feels but a shorter drive? Viestenz-Smith Park is just a short drive up the Big Thompson Canyon and provides beautiful mountain views! There is a short path, a river, and some fun sculptures to include in your engagement photos. This park has been restored after the most recently flood, and it provides very natural and scenic photos. There is so much history that encompasses this park, and it is a beautiful landmark in Northern Colorado. As a plus, you can enjoy a nice picnic after our session!
Horsetooth Reservoir is a beautiful lake and natural area just west of Fort Collins, CO. My favorite place to take engagement photos is at the overlook on the east side of the reservoir. You get a beautiful mountain backdrop facing one direction, and the overlook of the city of Fort Collins facing the other direction. This would be a perfect place to take your engagement photos at sunset.
One thing I absolutely love about photographing engagements in Colorado is that every season provides a unique backdrop to photograph against. Summer is full of beautiful wildflowers and late evenings. Fall is for cozy sweaters and changing aspen leaves. Winter is a wonderland full of snow and snuggles. Spring is fresh and bright with the beginning blooms of flowers peaking through (and the occasional snow storm!). Wherever you decide on, these engagement photo locations in Northern Colorado are magical ANY TIME OF YEAR!
Hey, it’s me, Rachel! Are you newly engaged and looking for an engagement photographer? Let’s chat and see if we are the perfect match! I can also help you find the perfect engagement photo locations in Northern Colorado for you and your boo!