Colorado Photography Permits

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Many Colorado photo locations require permits for commercial photography, including portrait sessions. If you do not obtain a permit, a hefty fine may apply. Be sure to investigate the latest permit requirements on each location’s website or call for details.

Rules & Regulations

For the enjoyment and protection of these natural resources and areas, each governing body enacts different rules and regulations. Photo sessions need to comply with these regulations including but not limited to alcohol, marijuana, smoking, damaging/collecting of property (picking wildflowers and plants), dog regulations, drones, fireworks or other ignitable items, glass containers, and placing of structures (like changing areas.)

An engaged couple sitting on a rock hold hands during their engagement session as their dog looks on.

Key points that apply to photo sessions:

  • Stay on the trail
  • Do not disturb restoration areas
  • Keep trails open for the general public (no light stands, changing tents, or other structures that block the traffic flow of the trail)
  • Use dog leashes as appropriate
  • Obey no-creek entry requests due to mollusk infestations
  • Stay away from glitter or other non-decomposable items
  • Leave the trail in better shape than found!


Additional restrictions on permitting, particularly the number of persons in the group and availability, may also be in effect. Please contact each location for current policies.

A recently married couple with the Flatiron rock formations as a backdrop for the best Boulder wedding photos.



Note that the City of Boulder and the County of Boulder have different requirements. There is also the OSMP which manages the open spaces and some parks.


Douglas County

The best engagement photos on Mount Falcon take place at dusk in the spring after the sun goes down during the so-called blue hour.

Larimer County Parks & Open Spaces



  • Rocky Mountain National Park – Weddings (covered by the wedding permit the couple purchases) Note: Effective June 1st, 2019, no more than two weddings can be booked at any of the designated wedding locations per day, regardless of availability. No more than 6 total ceremonies per day year-round. The permit fee has also increased and maximum ceremony sizes have also been adjusted for
  • Sapphire Point – This extremely popular overlook near Dillon, Colorado, requires a reservation for weddings (it shows up as a campground reservation, but there’s no camping, just an overlook). There are two-hour time blocks available and there is a fee. Weddings are limited to 35 people (including vendors). There are 22 car spots, many of which will be taken by tourists. 
  • Vail