I have many beloved locations around Boulder Valley. Here are some of my favorites sorted by best time of day:
South Mesa Trailhead:
This location has it all – aspens, meadows, a creek and mountain views. It’s great in the morning or evening, and any time of year. Only two drawbacks – it does get muddy sometimes and is currently closed midweek for trail maintenance.
This trail meanders along Boulder Creek and has a magical forest feeling. It’s perfect in morning or evening. In the summer bring bug spray, there are lots of mosquitos! This is probably my favorite location for head shots.
I like to start at Eben G. Fine Park and work my way up the creek, then if time allows, back to Settler’s Park. This is my favorite spot for Senior Pictures.
Another Lafayette (where I live!) option is Waneka Lake. It is gorgeous in summer when the lake is full, or in winter when the water recedes leaving a sandy beach to play on.
If you want Flatiron Views, this is your spot. It can be very crowded, but I’ve learned where some of the sneaky spots are. Best light is in the evening.
Dry Creek Trailhead:
Because it is more open than the others, this trail is best in the late afternoon or evening. There are lots of dogs off leash here, so keep that in mind if you have timid little ones.
Doudy Draw Trailhead:
Open meadows and amazing mountain views here are best in the late afternoon or evening. It has a wonderful golden hour glow.
This gorgeous spot has a patch of Cottonwoods, but the amazing vistas are the best part.