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7 Best Summer Photo Spots In Winter Park

Fact: Summer in Winter Park is absolutely stunning. All you have to do is step outside your door (or tent) to experience 360-degree views of majestic mountain peaks, lush wildflower fields, and rivers that wind through the Fraser Valley. With all that natural beauty, you’ll probably want to get a few pictures to remember it all by. Whether you’re looking for the perfect landscape shot or want to capture summer vibes in one incredible selfie, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our favorite places to snap the photo of a lifetime.

The Lodge at Sunspot

Want quick access to jaw-dropping views? Ride the scenic Gondola up to the Lodge at Sunspot for breathtaking views of Parry Peak, one of our most iconic mountains. Capture a shot of the peak framed by a brilliant blue sky or squeeze in with your friends for a group selfie. Afterward, stop inside Sunspot for a cold beverage or soft-serve ice cream. You can also explore our network of trails and discover plenty more photo ops.
Pro Tip: Visiting on a Friday or Saturday? Join us for Mountaintop Happy Hour at 4pm to enjoy views, food and drinks, and live music (Saturdays).

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High Lonesome Trail 

For photographers who also like to hike (or hikers who love a great selfie), check out the High Lonesome Trail, which offers spectacular views of Winter Park’s surrounding mountains and valleys. This trail rewards hikers and photographers alike with sweeping panoramas and wildflower-filled meadows. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of local wildlife, but remember to keep your distance!

Corona Lake 

Corona Lake is just a short drive away from the Winter Park Resort base. Cross 40 and cruise along Rollins Pass Road until you reach the trailhead. This 2-mile out-and-back trail is considered moderately difficult due to the incline, but the views are absolutely worth it. Once you arrive at the top, you’ll be greeted by a high alpine oasis, featuring a glittering lake, local flora, and rugged mountains.

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Rocky Mountain National Park 

Who doesn’t love pictures from a National Park? Just a short drive from Winter Park, Rocky Mountain National Park holds an abundance of photo opportunities from waterfalls and wildflowers to endless vistas. Just remember, you’ll need to make a reservation to visit the park. Check out the link below to secure your spot.

Grand Lake 

Just north of Winter Park is the tranquil beauty of Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest natural lake. With its crystal-clear waters (around 400 feet deep!) reflecting the vibrant summer skies, Grand Lake is the epitome of summer in Colorado. Stick around to witness mesmerizing sunsets, sailboats gliding across the water, and the charming lakeside town of Grand Lake. 

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Vasquez Peak Wilderness 

If you’re looking for some time to yourself in nature, the Vasquez Peak Wilderness behind the resort is a must-visit summer stop for both landscape and wildlife photography. Wander through pristine forests, photograph colorful wildflowers in bloom, and enjoy the quiet serenity surrounding you.

Berthoud Pass 

If you’re looking for beautiful vantage points just outside of the Fraser Valley, take a drive along Berthoud Pass. Known for its scenic vistas, you can capture expansive landscapes dotted with alpine wildflowers, explore the meandering streams, and soak in the views of the surrounding peaks.  

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Get Your Camera Ready!

Whether you’re a professional photographer or a casual smartphone camera user, these seven spots are chock-full of gorgeous shots. Now that you have plenty of photo inspo, it’s time to start planning your trip! Check out our Deals & Packages page for all the ways you can make Winter Park your basecamp for summer adventure.

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