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.
2018 Rocky Mountain National Park Photography Tour Rates
4 Hour Individual Photography Tour $230
Each Additional Guest $45
Rocky Mountain National Park is beautiful anytime of year. Photographing the park during the offseason can be a rewarding experience. The crowds have lessened and a serenity falls over the park as the grasses brown and snow begins to cover the landscape. This is a great time to photograph Rocky Mountain National Park as we may have some of our most beautiful and dramatic lighting and clouds this time of year.
That being said photography is certainly more of a challenge during the offseason or shoulder seasons in Rocky. Access becomes much more difficult as many of the roads in RMNP are closed for the season and large amounts of snow blanket much of the high country making easy access and travel more difficult. While Trail Ridge Road, Old Fall River Road, Upper Beaver Meadows Road, Wild Basin Road will be closed for the season. The lakes and streams will likely be frozen over either partially or in entirety. Snow, high winds and cold temeratures are a possiblity but there are still good opportunities to capture images and dramatic lighting with a little luck.
Because I find the offseason to be one of my favorite times of year to personally photograph Rocky Mountain National Park, I am offering shortened offseason guiding and tour sessions for my clients. This is a good opportunity to get out in the field and capture some dramatic lighting and conditions in the park. Offseason tours are designed to run 2 to 2.5 hours depending on the conditions and opprutunities and are geared towards getting the clients into locations that are more easily accesible while still beautiful and dramatic for photography. This is also an opportunity to get out to some great locations at half the cost of peak season sessions.
2017 - 2018 Offseason Rocky Mountain National Park Photography Tour Rates (Mid October-Mid May)
2-2.5 Hour Individual Offseason Photography Tour (Mid October-Mid May Only) $115
Each Additional Guest $20