If you enjoy photographing quaint picturesque historical towns; a throwback to the early gold rush days of the 1800’s, then you will very much enjoy a tour around Georgetown Colorado. Lovely photo opportunities abound here. With more than 200 historic Victorian buildings, Georgetown was named one of the twelve most distinctive destinations in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
There is wonderful photography to be had year round. In the spring and summer the town is decorated with flowers (both planted and wild) and is a great place to photograph “lifestyle imagery” among the historical backdrop. Come Fall, the golden color of Aspens surround Georgetown and it’s parks, adding color to the surrounding mountain cliffs which overlook the town. Winter might be considered the best time to photograph here. Tourist crowds thin out and the snow fall gives the town a perfect “Christmas postcard” look.
Besides being a lovely photo location, Georgetown makes a great stopover between other destinations in the mountains. The town is ripe with delicious cafes cooking a wide variety of homemade foods. This is a great place for us to stop and have lunch or dinner when returning from other destinations further into the high country.
Right outside of Georgetown proper you can enjoy a unique experience which ads a world of new photography elements to your day. The Georgetown Loop Railroad runs May through December taking passengers over the Devils Gate High Bridge into Silver Plume. Photographs from the train are fun, but so too is taking photos of the train itself as it chugs up the inclines pouring steam from its top.
Bighorn Sheep are an iconic species of wildlife in Colorado. In fact they are Colorado’s state mammal. While plentiful, they can be difficult to see and even more difficult to photograph due to their affinity for rocky cliffs. Often if you do see them you’re going to need a really big lens to get any kind of quality shot. However, in Georgetown the sheep tend to make their way near the I-70 highway during the winter months (Oct – April) and can often be found grazing within meters of the roadside. There is an official viewing area that has been set up on the South side of I-70 just west of the Georgetown exit. Often the best option is to jump onto the service road and follow the frontage road west and keep a sharp eye on the cliffs.
Our chance of viewing sheep during the right time of year, are quite good, though we often will have to photograph from the roadside, which is not optimal. Their docile nature however still allows us to get close enough for good pictures from a 200mm lens.