Family portrait session in the mountains.


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.


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.



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

Jefferson County

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. Wedding are limited to 35 people (including vendors). There are 22 car spots, many of which will be taken by tourists. 
  • Vail