Colorado November 06, 2019
These May Just Be The 10 Most Iconic Places To Take Your Christmas Card Picture In Colorado
It is that time of year again: the time when we start to send photos and updates of ourselves and receive them in return from our friends and family. Are you ready? While you can always slap a selfie on a card or sit in a stale portrait studio, we recommend taking your card to the next level by taking your Christmas photos in one of these 10 iconic Colorado locations:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
If you thought the Garden of the Gods was beautiful in the summer (which, of course, it is!), wait until you get a load of it capped with beautiful snow! No matter where you go in the park, you are guaranteed to have the most envy-worthy Christmas card in the family.
2. Maroon Bells (Aspen)
Do you want to show off your family AND the fact that you are a total BA who can hike 3.6-miles round-trip without breaking a sweat? Then the breathtaking Maroon Bells may be just the spot for your next Christmas card! Are you not a huge hiker and want something equally beautiful without all the work? Then you may want to opt for...
3. Kebler Pass (Crested Butte)
...Kebler Pass, a colorful 30-mile drive that runs from Crested Butte to Paonia and features not only gorgeous mountain views but plenty of places to get out and take a postcard-worthy picture.
4. Casa Bonita (Lakewood)
Okay, so the fountain in front of Casa Bonita may not be the most beautiful spot in Colorado, but you cannot tell me it isn't incredibly iconic (and, by golly, a rite of passage)!
5. Great Sand Dunes (Mosca)
Do you have a lot of out-of-state friends and family who think that Colorado is made up of only mountains? You can prove to them that there is a lot more to the state by taking a photo at the Great Sand Dunes, which consists of a whopping 149,028-acres of super soft sand.
6. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre (Morrison)
Good news: There is still a little time left to get out and get your picture taken with the colorful fall foliage surrounding the Red Rocks Amphitheatre! (Bonus points if you not only get your photo at the Amphitheatre but with your favorite band playing in the background.)
7. Pawnee Buttes (Sterling)
Do you live along the Eastern Plains and want to take photos near your home? Enter the Pawnee Buttes: two 300-foot-tall mesas that tower proudly over the surrounding shortgrass prairie. Are you in southeast Colorado and do not feel like driving up to Sterling? Read on...
8. Picketwire Canyon (La Junta)
Did you know that Colorado is home to the country's largest dinosaur track site? Located in the southeast town of La Junta, Picketwire Canyon is comprised of some 1,900 prints and 130 separate trackways, making for not only a sight that needs to be seen to be believed but also an epic Christmas photo. (Please note: The trail to the Picketwire Canyon is 16.7 miles round-trip.)
9. Crystal Mill (Carbondale)
Arguably one of the most popular spots to photograph in Colorado is Crystal Mill, an old 1892 wooden powerhouse that sits abandoned atop the picturesque Crystal River. As soon as you read this, make plans to hike to the Mill, as there is still a chance to see it with the surrounding fall foliage.
10. Mesa Verde National Park
For a truly unique photo (and overall experience), visit the historic Mesa Verde National Park, which preserves the archeological heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people who called the area home from 600 to 1300 CE. Featuring 600 cliff dwellings, there is no shortage of places to snap and see at the incredible Mesa Verde.
Have you taken photos at any of these 10 Colorado locations? We would love to see them in the comments! For even more must-see places around the Centennial State, check out these
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