How to take Engagement Photos at Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park engagement photos

Rocky Mountain National Park Engagement Photos
A complete guide to engagement photos at RMNP

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Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most gorgeous places for engagement photos in all of Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park (Or Rocky or RMNP for short) has something for everyone– epic mountain views, stunning lakes, peaceful meadows. No matter what your vision is for your engagement photos, Rocky Mountain National Park likely has a backdrop you will love!

Are you looking for a photographer to take your engagment photos at Rocky Mountain National Park? Send me a message! I’d love to chat about your vision!

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How to take engagement photos at Rocky Mountain National Park

In order to take engagement photos at RMNP, you’ll need a permit (as with most locations in Colorado). The permit is $50 and is required for any sort of paid photography or portfolio building. The permit does include the entry of one car into the park. As a Colorado wedding photographer, I will take care of securing all permits for your engagement session!

When to schedule your engagement session at RMNP

Expect the park to be super busy on the weekends. I highly recommend scheduling your session on a weekday or aiming for a sunrise session! Depending on the location, the sun can be super harsh until about 30 minutes to an hour before sunset, that’s when the sun starts to dip behind the mountain. However, there are so many great shaded options.

January 18*Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 17*First day of National Park Week / National Junior Ranger Day
May 31Memorial Day
July 4Fourth of July
August 4*Great American Outdoors Act anniversary
August 25*National Park Service Birthday
September 25*National Public Lands Day
November 11*Veterans Day
November 24-26Thanksgiving
*Free park entrance days at Rocky Mountain National Park

When are the best months for engagement photos at Rocky Mountain National Park?

May is a great month because temperatures are getting warmer but crowds are still minimal. Most high alpine locations will still have tons of snow and some mountain passes with be closed. Lower elevations will start to see spring colors and tons of greenery!

June is one of my favorite months in Colorado. The temperatures are much more pleasant than other areas around the country (especially in the mountains) and everything is bursting with color! Things definitely become more crowded with summer vacation, so keep that in mind when scheduling!

August is when the wildflowers start to go crazy in the mountains! I just love how temperate the climate is in August. Keep in mind that afternoon rain showers happen almost daily, so plan to be flexible or schedule a morning session.

September is usually when fall colors start to peak out at lower elevations. Fall is a tricky one in Colorado, there are full websites which track the colors and timeline of the leaves. The grass will start to change color to a more yellow-y hue, but won’t be dead just yet!

How accessible is Rocky Mountain National Park?

There are some locations (like Sprague or Lily Lake) that are super accessible and literally just require a short walk from the car to the lake, however, there are also tons of locations that have quite a hike to get to. When booking your engagement session, I always provide advice on what I think would be the best fit for you and your partner. If you are coming from out of state, keep in mind the elevation does affect you! Even the most athletic people can have difficulty with shorter hikes at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Can I bring my dog to Rocky Mountain National Park?

Dogs are only permitted at Rocky Mountain you’re within 100 feet of a road, which means it’s really not the best location if you want to include your pup.

Looking for a dog friendly location? Here’s some recommendations of Colorado dog friendly engagement session locations.

To read more about Rocky Mountain National Park’s pet policy, go here.

What are the best engagement locations in Rocky Mountain National Park?

There are so many incredible spots for engagement photos at Rocky Mountain National Park! It really depends on the vibe you’re looking for.

If you want a gorgeous lake with mountain views and easy hike, check out Sprague Lake.

If you want beautiful forest vibes with wooden bridge and evergreens, check out Hidden Valley.

If you want a lake with an easy to access overlook, check out Lily Lake.

For a complete guide of all my favorite locations, plus some hidden gems, send me a message!

I’m sold! I want a Rocky Mountain National Park engagement session! What next?

Yaaaaas!! I’m so excited for you! For next steps, send me a message! I’ll help you every step along the way, from helping you secure your permit to finding the perfect photo locations. I am your photographer and your guide!

Some Favorite Engagement Sessions at Rocky Mountain National Park

Summer Sprague Lake Engagement Session at Sunset | Amy & Jonathan

This location is a gorgeous one if you want epic mountain and a beautiful lake front. I had such a blast photographing Amy and Jonathan’s engagement session at Rocky Mountain National Park!

View more info on this location here!

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Sunrise Session at Sprague Lake | Clara & Michael

Clara and Michael decided to have their engagement session at sunrise, which I loved (after I chugged 3 cups of coffee) because there was absolutely no one around. I also love the light at this location at sunrise, it’s more direct but the mountains pop in a way that they don’t during sunset.

View more of Clara and Michael’s sunrise engagement session in Rocky Mountain National Park here!

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Sunrise Engagement Session at Rocky Mountain National Park | Caitlyn & Brian

This was such a fun session with Caitlyn and Brian! Brian is the biggest jokester so the whole time we were all cracking up– but we were still able to get some gorgeous engagement photos. Caitlyn had the most stunning bouquet with her, I was absolutely obsessed with the colors. We decided to meet at sunrise and had the loveliest light on the lake.

View more of these sunrise engagement photos at Rocky Mountain National Park here!

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Sunset Engagement Photos at RMNP | Payton & John

This session was such an adventure! We experience gail force winds almost the entire time (proof that Rocky Mountain National Park weather can change on a dime and you should always be prepared!) but Payton and John were such troopers and we managed to snag some gorgeous photos regardless of the conditions.

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Meet Leah- Rocky Mountain National Park engagement photographer

Hey there! I hope you enjoyed this post all about Rocky Mountain National Park engagement photos! Engagement sessions are some of my favorite things to photograph. I am all about bringing your personality to your engagement session and having fun! If you love colorful, energetic and authentic photos, send me a message! I’d love to chat with you about your engagement session!

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