Rocky Mountain National Park is a fantastic location for your engagement photos! Whether you are visiting from out of town, or you live in Colorado, and are having your wedding here too, RMNP will not disappoint. Most of my couples choose to have their engagement shoot at Rocky Mountain National Park. And who can blame them? RMNP is a destination for millions of visitors each year.
If you want the most epic Colorado background for your engagement photos, Rocky Mountain National park is it! If you want a warm, summer look make sure to do those June – August. There isn’t much for fall colors at RMNP, but they sure will have a lot of wildlife at that time. And for winter, if you want a winter wonderland type shoot, RMNP is perfect for that!
Rocky Mountain National Park sent me their annual visitor report: “Rocky Mountain National Park received its highest annual visitation ever in 2018. The park received a total of 4,590,492 visitors last year, which was a 3.5 percent increase over visitation in 2017. This number represents a slight increase from previous record visitation in 2016, of 4,517,584. Visitation for 2018 represents a 42 percent increase since 2012.”
So what days should you avoid getting your engagement photography done? RMNP’s visitor report said this: “The top ten busiest days in 2018 in order from first to tenth were: September 22, September 10, September 2, July 22, September 15, September 3, September 23, September 16, July 1, and August 11.” I would definitely avoid those days, unless you’re okay with tons of tourists in the background of your photos.
Here are some other things to note about Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s extremely cold and windy!! Dress warm and bring a beanie for your hair in case the wind doesn’t let up. Whatever the weather app says Estes Park is, it could be 40 degrees colder than that at the top of Trail Ridge Road.
I schedule engagement sessions Monday through Thursdays throughout the year. There are options to drive around for your engagement shoot, or even backpack! Please note that Trail Ridge Road is only open from June to October. (The weather up there is too harsh for visitors in the winter and is closed to the public.) If Trail Ridge Road is closed when you’re wanting to do your engagement photos, don’t worry. There are endless other locations in RMNP.
I highly recommend visiting Rocky Mountain National Park for your engagement photos! Jump over to my contact form to see if I’m available for your shoot! And while you’re at it, check out this RMNP elopement.