I recently returned from the business trip to Colorado. I attended an invitation only conference for senior level marketing executives.
However, it is what I saw and captured during my trip to Colorado that really sparked the photographer inside of me. I titled this blog entry, the Best Places to photography in Colorado for a reason. Before this excursion, I had only driven through Denver once, years ago during a cross country trip to see professional baseball games. This was before the Colorado Rockies even existed.
That said, I was not going to miss this opportunity to capture the amazing nature scenes Colorado has to offer. As I prepared for my trip, I did two important things that would make any photographs I took better. I researched great photography spots in Colorado and I spoke with people. A lot of people. In fact, I spoke with anyone who has been to Colorado and was willing to offer me suggestions of where to shoot. I even spoke with people I met once landed, but more about that another day.
Some of the spots, I wanted to shoot I never got to while others were added as I went along, and yes, one helpful couple unintentionally led me to a dead end. No matter, I loved the short amount of free time I had and made the most of it. In no particular order, here is the highlight list from my trip to Colorado, a few photos and a bit more commentary.
1. Vail – It was the destination for the conference and once I arrived, I knew instantly why ski lovers are passionate about this vacation destination. The summer/falls months are not to be missed either.
2. Red Rocks Amphitheater — Was tipped off about this music destination on my way to Vail, but had to pull over for a half an hour and see this beautiful setting for myself. There was a crew setting up for an event later in the weekend, but I took full advantage of the this stop, which was not far off the freeway.
3. Hanging Lake — I ventured on this three-mile round trip hike on my own, post conference and before I needed to catch my plane from Denver. This location is further West from Vail off the 70 freeway, about an hour in fact, but I woke early and made the most of my Sunday morning. Again, more about this wonderful hike and site in another blog post.
4. Sapphire Point — The drive here, just outside of the town of Dillon, Colorado, provides a spectacular view of Lake Dillon Reservoir. It is a little bit out of the way and not especially well marked, but wasn’t too tough to locate. The stop provided a nice rest spot between Denver and Vail, about 10-15 minutes off the freeway.
While there, it also provided me the opportunity to meet this guy.
5. Nature Hikes — The photograph below was actually taken during my walk to Hanging Lake (see #3). That said, there are so many amazing natural places to shoot, I promise you, your camera will have ample opportunity to capture scenes like this.
I know I have missed so many more places. it will be a great reason to return to the Rocky Mountains. For those of you who have never visited, put it on your vacation or travel schedule. These were my Best Places to photograph in Colorado — for this trip. I look forward to discovering many more.
If you like these photographs, there are certainly more to view on my photography portfolio at Charles Harris Photography. Click on the Landscapes portfolio.