Just outside of Denver is one of the most easily accessible and yet beautiful photography locales in Colorado. Red Rocks Park is located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills and provides us with some amazing views, surreal sandstone rock formations, plenty of wildlife and of course the majesty of the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater.
There are three main areas to we can choose from during our Red Rocks photography tour. The first is the Amphitheater itself. Red Rocks is a geologically formed, open-air Amphitheater that is not duplicated anywhere in the world. With Mother Nature as the architect, the design of the Amphitheater consists of two, three hundred-foot monoliths (Ship Rock and Creation Rock) that provide acoustic perfection for any performance and makes for amazing bookends to your photographs. With a 40+ mile view over Denver and the front range, the stair-casings and natural beauty of the theater provides a wonderful foreground for your photos.
The Red Rocks Park is also rich with hiking trails which provide excellent photo opportunities any time of year. The Trading Post Trail is 1.4 miles in length, and meanders through spectacular rock formations and a natural meadow ripe with wildflowers (during the spring and early summer). Some of the terrain can be a little rough, so hiking boots/ shoes are recommended. This trail is our best opportunity for photographing the rock formations up close and personal. Along the trail we also will have the opportunity to capture cactus, wildflowers and quite often we will encounter some of the deer herds that frequent the area.
The Red Rocks Trail is our best photographic opportunity for large vistas landscapes and can be particularly exciting during the summer thunderstorm season when we can capture long exposure lightening images across the front range. From the top of the Red Rocks Trail you can photograph the entire Red Rocks park in a single shot. This trail is approximately a three mile loop and does involve some very steep hiking. But with so many great photo opportunities along the way we will be stopping often giving you time to rest as we hike. During the spring and early summer we will run across plenty of wildflowers as well as great views. As it is frequented by hikers and bikers it also provides a good opportunity to practice photographing “sports lifestyle” photography.
Photo Tour Notes: Red Rocks makes the perfect location for short tours and workshops for those with little time to waste traveling to more distant locations. In addition those who are unable to hike more difficult trails will enjoy the relatively easy “trading post trail”. In fact for someone with very limited mobility we can even start from the uphill trail head and pick you up at the bottom so that your entire hike is downhill.