Sunrise photo hike to Dream and Emerald Lakes

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Estes Park, US
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Estes Park, US
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Join us on a breathtaking sunrise photo hike to Dream and Emerald Lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. Immerse yourself in the beauty of these stunning mountain lakes as the sun rises, creating a magical atmosphere. Our experienced guide will lead you to the perfect spots for capturing incredible photos of these picturesque lakes. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting out, our guide will offer suggestions for photo composition and camera settings, ensuring you capture the perfect shot. The best part? You don't need a timed entry permit with us, as our commercial use permit allows seamless entry into the park. Plus, we'll provide a snack to keep you energized throughout the hike. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Dream and Emerald Lakes at sunrise.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 4 hours - 6 hours
  • Suitable for 2-6 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Capture stunning sunrise photos of Dream and Emerald Lakes
  • Expert guidance on photo composition and camera settings
  • No need for a timed entry permit with a licensed guide
  • Enjoy a snack during the hike
  • Carpool and caravan to the trailhead for better social distancing
  • Snacks
  • Time entry permits are not required when entering the park with a licensed guide like myself.
  • Park entrance - bring your national parks pass, or receipt from previous entry into rmnp

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park on a sunrise photo hike to Dream and Emerald Lakes. This tour offers a unique opportunity to witness the stunning mountain lakes at their most picturesque moments. Join our experienced guide as they take you on a memorable adventure, providing expert insights and guidance to capture the perfect photographs.

What to Expect?

During this sunrise photo hike, you can anticipate witnessing the ethereal beauty of Dream and Emerald Lakes. As the sun rises, the mountains are bathed in golden light, creating a mesmerizing atmosphere. Our guide will lead you to the best locations for setting up your shots, ensuring you capture the true essence of these magnificent lakes. Whether you are a professional photographer or a beginner, our guide is there to offer suggestions on photo composition and camera settings, helping you enhance your skills and capture stunning images.

Who is this for?

This sunrise photo hike is perfect for nature enthusiasts, photography lovers, and anyone seeking a unique and immersive experience in Rocky Mountain National Park. Whether you are a solo traveler, a couple, or a group of friends, this tour welcomes all individuals who appreciate the beauty of nature and want to capture its essence through photography. No previous hiking experience is required, making it accessible to anyone with a sense of adventure.

Why Book This?

By booking this sunrise photo hike, you will have the opportunity to witness the unparalleled beauty of Dream and Emerald Lakes during the magical hours of sunrise. Our experienced guide will provide valuable insights and guidance, ensuring you capture breathtaking photographs that will be cherished for a lifetime. Additionally, as our guide holds a commercial use permit, you won't need a timed entry permit to enter Rocky Mountain National Park when you join this tour. This saves you the hassle of obtaining a reservation and allows you to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

Good to Know

When joining this tour, make sure to bring your national parks pass or a receipt from a previous entry into Rocky Mountain National Park for park entrance. The tour will meet approximately 90 minutes before sunrise in front of the visitor center, where you will carpool to the trailhead. To ensure better social distancing, you will caravan to the trailhead in your own vehicle. Snacks will be provided during the hike to keep you energized and refreshed.


Customers who have embarked on this sunrise photo hike have been amazed by the beauty of Dream and Emerald Lakes. They praise the expertise of the guide in finding the perfect spots for capturing breathtaking photos. Many have also appreciated the photo instruction provided, helping them improve their photography skills. Overall, customers have expressed their satisfaction with the experience, describing it as unforgettable and highly recommended for anyone visiting Rocky Mountain National Park.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Dream Lake

Photograph sunrise as the morning sun hits Hallett Peak

Admission Not Included

Emerald Lake Trail

Bring your widest angle lens to photograph this stunning mountain lake at 10,000' elevation!

Admission Not Included

Nymph Lake

Reflections of Longs Peak on the way back down to the trailhead.

Admission Included



5 (5)


Colin was patient and provided great local knowledge as well as camera and photography knowledge. He was willing to give hands on advice with my husband’s camera. He told some awesome stories about the trail and when the light hit something just right you saw him get in his own landscape photography element. It was such a great experience we are looking at some of his other photo hike tour offerings. We highly recommend this stunning photo hike with Colin as well as any others he offers!


Had a fantastic time and learned a ton touring the park with Colin. Appreciated the in depth knowledge and flexibility when dealing with photographers of various levels.


The sunrise light on the mountains was amazing!! Colin knows the best locations in RMNP for landscape photography. He is very engaging and provides one on one assistance to help achieve the best results.


Colin's passion for photography was evident from the outset and that transferred into Colin being an amazing experience provider. Though I have hiked the Emerald lake trail several times, my photos failed to capture the beauty of the area. I jumped at the chance to learn from a professional and Colin did not disappoint. Colin was patient while he walked me through optimal camera settings, he offered interesting locations to shoot from that I hadn't thought of, he broke down composition of photographs in a way that was easy to understand, and he taught me several "Pro Tips" that have instantly made me a better photographer. I couldn't be happier with the professional images we took that uniquely captured the majestic mountains and magnificent lakes of RMNP! I am looking forward to booking future experiences with Colin.


Great hike, great company and fun learning about landscape photography . Hiked with husband and it was great fun
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