Sunrise / Sunset Photo Tour

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Colorado Rocky Mountain Photography Tours

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1/2 Day
Availability : Year Round
$275/day: 1 p
$350/day: 2-4 ppl
Min Age : 12+ with parent.
Max People : 4

Denver Sunrise / Sunset


Everyone loves a good light show and here in Colorado our sunrise and sunsets can be quiet spectacular.  With the addition of the Rocky Mountains into the photos you have the chance to capture a beautiful scene you just can’t find anywhere else.

While sunrise or sunsets can be integrated into any of the tours offered, this specific tour is dedicated to capturing that short moment in time (usually about 20 minutes) when the light paints your frame with color.  We will also spend some time photographing other elements of the location before/after the sun’s event.  This tour is a single destination tour lasting about (3-4 hrs) depending on the location you choose.

Red Rocks Amphitheater:

Red Rocks Amphitheater provides a stunning view of the Denver Metro front range and a direct view of the sunrise as it breaches the horizon.  When the clouds are just right, the entire valley below explodes with a rich red/orange color as the light passes directly through the morning clouds from behind.  In addition the stunning and unique rock formations in the Red Rocks area provide lots of further photographic opportunities . [ learn more ]

Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge:

The Arsenal is the best option for capturing sunsets in the front range area.  Its location well East of Denver and the Rockies allows us to capture the colors of sunset with dark silhouetted mountains in the distance.  Often we can capture a deer or bison in silhouette form with the sunset colors behind.  In addition to our sunset shots the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge provides 15,000 acres of prairie and lakes attracting raptors (including bald eagles), migrating songbirds, wintering ducks and geese, bison, deer, coyotes and lots of prairie dogs.  [ learn more ]

City Park:

The most popular park in the city, this 320-acre sanctuary neighbors the Denver Zoo and the Colorado Museum of Natural History.  From a photography standpoint, its main feature is a lovely view of the city skyline back dropped with mountain silhouettes.  A large lake within the park allows us to capture reflections of the city creating an interesting mirrored effect. 

Important Note:  Quality sunrise / sunsets rely on the weather.  If there are no clouds in the sky there may be almost no color in the sky.  This is because our air is so clean and dry that without clouds the sunlight has nothing to diffract from (thus producing the colors).  There is no guarantee of a colorful sunrise/sunset.  However, even if the sky does not cooperate, the surrounding areas (Red Rocks & The Arsenal) are still quiet lovely and provide other photographic opportunities (City Park does not have much to offer without a good sky other than geese and a city lights shot after it gets dark).

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We only offer private custom tours.
  • No group tours with us.We do not offer group tours. Your tour with Big Sun Photography is private for individuals or small private groups (up to 4 persons).
  • Customized for you.Even our "day trip" tours are customized for your physical needs and particular interests.
  • Flexible start and stop times.Morning, noon and night. Your tour is scheduled for the times you need. If you do not have a schedule to keep, then your guide will advise you on the best times for the destinations you have booked.
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Pickup from: Your Hotel 
(Meet in Golden, CO for up to 1hr. extra time at the destinations).

Drop-off: Same location.

Pickup and Drop-off Times

Pickup and Drop-off times vary depending on the client’s scheduling needs and the destination.  This will be decided during the booking process with the help of your guide.

Price Includes

  • Professional Photography InstructionFrom a professional photographer and experienced instructor.
  • Transportation Jeep Wrangler Rubicon off-road vehicle.
  • Entrance FeesAll entrance fees are included.

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses.
  • Meals

Activity Requirements

  • Little to no walking
  • Moderate walkingUp to 1 mile on relatively flat ground.


  • Photography training notes (if requested).
  • Photos of participants during the tour (candids).
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