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Mountain View Family Photos at Windy Saddle on Lookout Mountain in Golden Colorado

July 25, 2018

Windy Saddle Family Photos

I have some beautiful sunset Windy Saddle family photos to share on the blog today. If there are any long term blog readers out there, you may recognize the family featured on the journal today. I used to skate with Annia for many years at the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls roller derby league here in Denver. Her son was just a little guy back when we first started skating together and it’s so crazy to me that he’s going to be a freshman in high school already! She has been coming to me for years to get updated pictures of their family and this time we went to a location that’s actually new to me.

Sunset Family Photography at Windy Saddle on Lookout Mountain

I’ve photographed up on Lookout Mountain before in the forested area over by Boettcher Mansion and even at the views over at the Buffalo Bill museum. But, now that they’ve fenced off those gorgeous views I’ve had to search for a new way to capture the mountain backdrop at Lookout Mountain. After scouring google maps, I thought that it looked like the parking area at Windy Saddle could be a good place to do a short session and I’m happy to report that I was right!

Chimney Gulch Trail Family Photos in Golden

The parking lot is not very large but luckily enough it wasn’t full when we arrived about an hour before sunset for our session. This lot leads to the Lookout Mountain Trail and across the highway there is the Chimney Gulch trail so there are tons of hikers and mountain bikers at this location. I love that you can get a beautiful mountain backdrop right there at the parking lot without having to hike in. It definitely makes it a great spot for portrait sessions in Golden and I’ll definitely be using it again! We even crossed the street and used a little bit of the Chimney Gulch trail since there were distant views of downtown Denver looking east out over the plains.

Check out some of my favorites from this session below!


Classic Family photography with Mountain Backdrop at Lookout Mountain in Golden

Couple walks hand in hand during their family photos on Lookout Mountain

A cute high school freshman boy poses for a portrait with mountain backdrop at Windy Saddle Park on Lookout Mountain in Golden Colorado

A family poses on the Chimney Gulch Trail at Lookout Mountain with Views of Denver

Couples portrait with Mountain View Background at Lookout Mountain in Golden Colorado


Young teenage boy poses at his family photography session with mountain backdrop

Beautiful Colorful Colorado Sunset Couples Portrait

A family portrait at Lookout Mountain in Golden Colorado

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  1. Melissa says:

    Hello, I love these portraits! I tried going here today based on your description of the location and was unsuccessful. Would you mind letting me know where you parked? And where exactly this trail is? I parked at the windy saddle trail head. But couldn’t find this trail. Thank you so much in advance for your help.

    • April O'Hare says:

      Hi Melissa,
      These were taken right next to the tiny parking area at Windy Saddle Park. There was no hiking involved really. Since these were taken, they may have closed off the area we were using with a fence. The parks department does that sometimes.
      Best of luck!