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Rocky Mountain National Park Photography Tours

Thomas Mangan Photography offers private photographic tours of beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. Tours are led by photographer, Thomas Mangan and are based out of Estes Park, Colorado.

Tom has both an extensive knowledge as well as a deep appreciation for Rocky Mountain National Park. Having first visited Rocky Mountain National Park in the summer of 1998, Tom immediately became inthralled with the beauty and wonder surrounding Rocky Mountain National Park and the area around Estes Park. From that first visit to Rocky Mountain National Park, Tom immersed himself in photographing Rocky’s beautiful and diverse landscapes. Tom has photographed much of Rocky Mountain National Park in all types of weather and every season. On and average year Tom spends over one hundred days in the field photographing Rocky and has an intimate knowledge of both the landscape and the light of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Before becoming a full time professional landscape photographer, Tom worked as a Senior Project Manager for ServiceMaster, a large Disaster Restoration Company based out of Boulder, Colorado. Helping clients overcome debilitating losses resulting from fire and water damage to their property has honed Tom’s customer service skills and allowed him to focus first and foremost on his clients needs. Tom uses these same skills during his photography tours to enhance the participants experience and provide a fun and fulfilling experience centered around the clients needs and skill level. Tom looks to impart his deep appreciation and love of Rocky Mountain National Park to both his clients an their photographs. It is Tom’s goal to provide a meaningful, productive and fun experience for his tour clients. Tom is focused solely on his clients needs and maximizing their photography and experience in the field when on tour.

Tours are typically lead in four hour increments and are customized based on the clients skill level, fitness level, and desired itinerary. Tours are typically given on a one to one basis but up to 2 additional participants from the same group may also accompany the outing for an additional fee. When booking a tour, Tom will contact you and discuss expectations, skill levels as well as the desired itinerary and goals for the outing. Typically speaking, Tom recommends tours be booked either for the first four hours of the morning, or the last four hours of the afternoon in order to help capture the best lighting conditions present in Rocky Mountain National Park and therefore help to enhance your photographic tour experience. That being said, Tom is happy to accommodate your schedule and needs and all tours are personalized for the participants. All tours hours begin at the time of pickup and end at the time of drop off.

If you are interested in booking a photo tour of Rocky Mountain National Park with Tom, Please feel free to contact Tom via email or phone and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. We would also suggest taking a look at our FAQ Frequently Asked Questions page for further information regarding photography tours in Rocky Mountain National Park. Please feel free to check out client reviews and testimonials on my photogrpahy tour and guiding services here as well. RMNP Photo Tours Client Testimonials

Please note that we are currently accepting afternoon tour dates on a very limited basis. Rocky Mountain National Park has seen a dramatic increase in the number of visitors to the park in the last 3 years. The vast majority of these visitors arrive in Rocky Mountain National Park between 9 AM and 5 PM. Because of this, many of Rocky Mountain National Park's most popular areas have access and parking restricted or closed by the National Park Service. This makes conducting photography tour services difficult in the afternoon as we are unable to reliably access some of the most beautiful locations in the park for photography such as the Bear Lake Trailheads, Old Fall River Road and Wild Basin. The National Park Service has requested that visitors and guides to the park attempt to schedule their visits during times that are not as busy and will reduce impact on Rocky's fragile natural resources. While we are accepting only a small amount of will considered afternoon dates until further notice, the good news is the vast majority of Rocky Mountain National Park's most iconic and beautiful locations are best in the early morning hours when there are only a few other visitors present in the park. Please feel free to contact me in regards to when the best time to visit and schedule a photography tour in Rocky Mountain National Park.

2020 Rocky Mountain National Park Photography Tour Rates

4.5 Hour Individual RMNP Photography Tour $325

Includes one additional guest. Each Additonal Guest over two (limit 3 people) $50

The most popular option with my clients. Spend ~ 4hrs photographing the wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park. These are custom individual photo tours catered for you. Options include short to moderate hikes to beautiful alpine lakes or photography tours catered to remain closer to the vehicle and roads. Tour iteneararies are based on my photography clients needs and abilities. Discounts are offered for multiple day bookings.


2.5-3 Hour Offseason Rocky Mountain National Park Photography Tour $210

Includes one additional guest. Each Additional Guest over two (limit 3 people) $25

Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park during the off-season?. This is your chance to head out into the field with Tom and photograph Rocky Mountain National Park when the crowds are small and the park is quiet. Off-season tours are available from approximately the middle of October until the third week or May. Off-season rates are effective based on the status of Trail Ridge Road which is typically open from the end of May until middle October. Tours are 2.5 to 3 hrs based on current weather and road conditions, temperatures and access. Discounts are offered for multiple day bookings.

Custom Rocky Mountain National Park Photography Workshop and Tours (Please Inquire For Cost)

I'm happy to customize a personalized workshop and tour over the course of one's visit to Rocky. Contact me directly to discuss personalizing a multi-day photography tour or workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park. Cost will be based on customized itinerary. These tours and workshops can be customized for participants visiting RMNP over multiple days or looking to explore locations which require more time and effort to reach than locations visited in the 4 hour Individual RMNP Tours. Discounts are offered for multiple day bookings.

Post Processing and Image Critique $60 an hour

After our outing I may be availalbe to offer portfolio critiques or instruction on processing images taken in the field.