Dog Friendly Engagement Session Locations in Colorado

Eldorado Canyon Dog Friendly Engagement Session

You’ve decided you want your dog in your Colorado engagement session. I mean, who WOULDN’T want their dog in their session?! But now you need a location. One thing I love about Colorado is how dog friendly this state is. I get asked quite often where good spots are here in the state that allow dogs. So I decided to compile together a list of some of my favorite Dog Friendly locations in Colorado that are perfect for your engagement session.

1. GUANELLA PASS

This mountain pass located in Georgetown, CO is the perfect spot to bring your pup along. Tons of open areas off the road with gorgeous views. In the fall this location is so beautiful. The aspens up on this mountain pass make it one of the most sought after fall engagement session locations in the state. If you’re doing your dog friendly engagement session here, I suggest shooting on a weekday especially in the fall.

Guanella pass is open year round. However sometimes it can close due to inclement weather. Keep this in mind if you are planning a winter engagement session.

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dog friendly guanella pass engagement session

 


2. ELDORADO CANYON STATE PARK

Located in Boulder, Eldorado Canyon is a great location that is accessible year round. There are so many different trails and creek access depending on the time of year. It makes for a truly beautiful Colorado backdrop to your dog friendly engagement session.

There is a small entrance fee to get into Eldorado Canyon State Park. and for us photographers there is a photography permit required for us to work in the park.

Eldorado Canyon Dog Friendly Engagement Session[CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL SESSION]

 


3. MOUNT FALCON PARK [WEST]

For a location that is super close to Denver, the views are beautiful up here. It’s not only a great spot for an engagement session… but also for an elopement. If you are considering eloping in Colorado, want good views, but want to stay close to Denver. This might be the perfect spot for you! Dog’s are welcome on a leash!

Dog Friendly Location in Morrison Colorado
Mt Falcon is Dog Friendly [CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS GORGEOUS ELOPEMENT]

 


4. SOUTH VALLEY PARK

Not but about 20 minutes west of Denver in Littleton. This is a dog friendly park that is easy to get to and makes for a great dog friendly engagement session location.

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South Valley Park Dog Friendly Engagement Session Location


5. RAINBOW LAKE TRAIL IN FRISCO, CO

This little trail in Frisco is full of aspens, tons of greenery, and leads to a beautiful lake. Its only about a mile up to the lake, and it isn’t very strenuous. In the summer you can find fields of wild flowers that are just insanely gorgeous. This is one dog friendly engagement session location that you will definitely want to check out! Keep in mind this spot does get pretty crowded on weekends like most other locations around Summit County.

Dog Friendly Trail in Breckenridge CO
Rainbow Lake Engagement Session

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6. HOOSIER PASS NEAR BRECKENRIDGE, CO

I recently shot some wedding portraits up here during an elopement I had last spring. While they didn’t have their pups with them for this session, this would absolutely be a great spot to take your engagement photos with your dog. Dog friendly trails surround this area and so do some of the most beautiful views. You definitely can’t go wrong here.

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7. MAROON BELLS IN ASPEN, CO

If you want a jaw dropping location. Maroon Bells is your spot! This gorgeous location does allow dogs on the trails however they do need to be on a leash. My recommendation is shooting here at sunrise. You get the most beautiful Alpenglow on the mountain! Depending on the time of year it can make for an early wake up call. But man is it worth it!

Maroon Bells Engagement Session[CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS SUNRISE ENGAGEMENT SESSION AT MAROON BELLS]

Maroon Bells Engagement Session

 


8. GARDEN OF THE GODS, COLORADO SPRINGS

Surprisingly enough, of all the sessions I have shot at Garden of the Gods [trust me, its a lot], none of them have had dogs. However, I had to make sure this location was on the list. Garden of the Gods is a great dog friendly engagement session location in the Colorado Springs area. With such a vast area to explore and those gorgeous rock formations, you’re bound to have an amazing session.

Aside from just engagement sessions, its a popular spot for elopements in Colorado Springs. If you are also planning for a Colorado Elopement, check out my GUIDE TO GETTING MARRIED IN GARDEN OF THE GODS.

Wedding day in garden of the gods Colorado Springs
Dog Friendly Colorado Springs Engagement Session

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Dog Friendly Colorado Springs Engagement Session

 


9. NORTH CHEYENNE CANON PARK

Another great Colorado Springs dog friendly engagement session location. Full of gorgeous trails, a dirt road that tunnels through the mountains and lots of creek access. I think this is probably one of my favorite spots for not just photographing couples, but also for hiking and just enjoying the outdoors. Helen Hunt Falls is a gorgeous waterfall also located within the park.

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10. DOG FRIENDLY CABIN RENTALS

There are so many options in Colorado for renting out a cabin or Airbnb that are dog friendly. These dog friendly rentals can make the perfect and most cozy location for your engagement session. Having a cabin to shoot both indoors, and nearby, can give a really good amount of variety to your session. I mean, who doesn’t want to cozy up with their dog and loved one next to the fire for some adorable photos?

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12 Responses

  1. I had no idea that there were so many spots around Colorado that are dog friendly, thank you so much for this information! Dogs are literally like family members so its so great to see how they can be included in such a momentous day!

  2. Gorgeous images (and adorable pups)! What a helpful article; so many couples in Colorado love their dogs and want to include them in their engagement photos. 

  3. Love all these recommendations! Dogs are definitely family and should always be included when possible! Thanks for sharing such great insight! 

  4. What great idea for post Cara!  These are all amazing Colorado engagement photo locations, and even better with dogs!!  Beautiful photos!

  5. What a fantastic list!! I love that there are so many stunning locations where dogs are allowed. Always a win when you can bring your pup. And your photos are GORGEOUS! Especially obsessed with Guanella Pass!

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