The Best Photography in Estes Park

Looking for the best photography in Estes Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Estes Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top photography spots in and near Estes Park

  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Climb at Lumpy Ridge

    Lumpy Ridge is mostly a traditional climbing area with most climbs being two or more pitches after a mile to 3+ miles of mostly flat walking.  From climbers left to right the larger areas consist of Sundance Buttress, The Bookend, The Bookmark, The Book, and Twin Owls.  There are smaller formatio...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Hike Lumpy Ridge to Gem Lake

    4.3
    3.5 mi / 950 ft gain
    Begin by parking at the Lumpy Ridge trailhead, which is a couple miles outside of Estes Park on McGregor Avenue. At the trailhead, there are numerous signs indicating hiking trails, climbing routes, and other information about the area. After parking start hiking on the trail to the right of the ...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Photograph at The Estes Park Sign

    This sign is on the mountainous decline just before you reach town. There's a small parking lot that fills up quick in peak season, but most people only spend a few minutes here on their way in to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. It is easy enough to have people take your picture, jus...
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  • Lyons, Colorado

    Hike the Kruger Rock Trail

    4 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Cutting through the forested hills surrounding Estes Valley, the Kruger Rock Trail is a well-marked 4 mile loop to the top of Kruger Rock. The trail begins in Hermit Park Open Space, located just a few miles southeast of Estes Park and is a moderate hike with around 1000 feet of elevation gain. C...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Photograph Elk in Moraine Park

    The perspective here is vastly different from other areas in Rocky Mountain National Park as Moraine Park is essentially a large, very flat valley surrounded by tall mountains. You'll want to come during the elks' rutting season, which is between mid-September and mid-October. Park at the lot on ...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Camp at Aspenglen Campground

    5.0
    Aspenglen is one of the four main campgrounds within the park boundaries. The campground is for car camping and there are areas just for tents and then broader areas for tents and campers. There are 53 sites at this campground and it fills up quickly each year. Reservations are available six mont...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Winter Camp at Moraine Park

    5.0
    For the extra-adventurous (my friends call me crazy for this), I recommend experiencing Rocky Mountain National Park in the off-season, when nobody else is there. Dead winter.Of course, you'll want to be uber prepared if you choose to take on this adventure, as the mountains are very unforgiving,...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Hike Deer Mountain

    6.03 mi / 1200 ft gain
    Beginning in Rocky Mountain National Park near the Deer Ridge Junction (where US 34 & US 36 meet), park your car in one of the 20 spots on either side of the road. Start at the trailhead booth and head north, keeping to the right-side trail at the first intersection about a tenth of a mile fr...
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    Rocky Mountain NP's Trail Ridge Road

    4.9
    39.06 mi
    Start by entering Rocky Mountain National Park through Estes Park, Colorado. After acquiring a map start your ascent on Trail Ridge Rd (the road is closed in winter). The Road will take you up in elevation into the mountains so a good car is strongly recommended. As you wind up the switch backs,...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Hike along Tombstone Ridge

    4.3 mi / 3250 ft gain
    Tombstone ridge can be accessed via the ute trail from two directions. The lower trail starts at upper beaver meadows and is ~4.3 miles with 3250 feet of elevation gain. It can also be accessed at the Ute trail crossing along trail ridge road, which leaves you a 1.1 mile hike with just under 300 ...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Twin Sisters Peaks

    5.0
    7.48 mi / 2500 ft gain
    The trailhead starts close to 9,000 ft elevation. It continues at a gradual slope through forest for a long way. The trail does not exit the tree line until close to the top, where there is a boulder field, of sorts (slightly over 11,000 ft). Don't worry, there is a nice trail all the way to the ...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Paddle Lily Lake

    Lily Lake allows boating in non-motorized watercraft and is only a short carry from your parking area by 7. Parking can be limited so get there in the morning early so that you can enjoy the morning wildlife and decreased crowds. You can spend an hour or so here kayaking slowly around enjoying th...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Hike to Cub Lake

    5.0
    4.6 mi / 645 ft gain
    Rocky Mountain National Park showcases 355 miles of hiking trails, 6 campgrounds, and hundreds of backcountry camp sites. The cost to enter the park is $20.00 per vehicle, I recommend buying the annual National Parks Pass for $80.00. Cub Lake is an excellent trail for viewing wildlife. There ar...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Drive Old Fall River Road

    4.6
    This amazing drive starts after entering at the Fall River Entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park (although any entrance will work this is just the fastest route). Follow Fall River Road just past Sheep Lakes and take your first right onto Endo Valley Rd. From here travel to the Endovalley picn...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Drive through Rocky Mountain NP to Moraine Park

    In this specific case, the adventure is focused on the sounds. At night in September and October you can expect to hear the eerie bugling from Elk reverberating around the mountains. Even after an hour or two I was still getting goose-bumps listening to them.  Start your adventure at the Fall Ri...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Catch a Sunrise at Sprague Lake

    5.0
    0.9 mi / 10 ft gain
    Located in Rocky Mountain National Park at an elevation of almost 8,700 feet, Sprague Lake offers visitors great views with very little effort required. It's a short 15 minute drive from Estes Park and hikers can take the short trail around the circumference of the lake. You'll find bathrooms and...
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