Garden of the Gods is a beautiful attraction in Colorado Springs, and one of my most-requested locations for family photos. Because it’s so popular (and large–with tons of hiking trails), navigating the park for taking pictures can be a little tricky, but don’t worry, I’m here to help! Here are my three favorite places for where to take pictures in Garden of the Gods.
1. High Point Overlook
The perfect lookout point, with epic views and its own designated parking (if hiking to the photoshoot location isn’t your thing). While this spot can get pretty crowded, I’ve photographed here many times and it’s generally not too difficult to photograph around people. The best time to visit is at sunset, when the setting sun creates the most gorgeous glow.
2. Ute Trail Area
This unique view of Garden of the Gods is a little harder to get to, but the walk is short and well worth it. You’ll want to park near Chambers Way (near the Rock Ledge Ranch area), then hike up Chambers trail, which will connect to the Ute Trail. I recommend getting here a couple of hours before sunset, as the sun goes down quickly behind the rocks.
3. Siamese Twins
This incredible rock formation is another one that requires a bit of a walk to reach–but the views are amazing! The hike (about half a mile up the Scotsman Trail from parking) isn’t long, but there is an incline, so make sure to bring your hiking shoes!
Other Things to Note About Taking Pictures in Garden of the Gods
While there is no permit fee to do professional photography in Garden of the Gods, photographers and their clients should be aware of and follow the park rules. Remember to stay on designated trails, and make sure not to use confetti, smoke, or any prop that leaves a trace behind. Let’s keep this park beautiful!
If you’re looking for a photographer to take your family photos at Garden of the Gods, get in touch and I’d love to help you plan your session.