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Winter Family Portraits at Mayflower Gulch

January 9, 2022

Mayflower Gulch Trail + Clinton Gulch Dam Reservoir Family Portraits

I’m excited that after 2 years of sharing the Mayflower Gulch Trailhead as a potential photoshoot location for families visiting the Summit County area that this family decided they wanted to go off the beaten path a little more and picked it as the place  where they wanted to do their family portraits while on their winter break here in Colorado. What I really love about this location compared to some of my other go-tos in the area is the super rugged mountain backdrop and that there are a lot more trees in this spot. I have also never seen another photographer there so it’s kind of fun to get to have the place to ourselves a little bit too. In recent years, this location seems to have become a little more popular for folks doing their cross country skiing and snowshoeing so you do have to share the trail a little but I don’t mind that at all. One other teensy downside is that you do have to walk uphill a little bit for about 10 minutes to get to the more photogenic area, but it’s totally worth the extra effort. Plus, just down the road a little way is the Clinton Gulch Dam Reservoir with incredible views with zero hiking needed so that’s a nice spot to pair with the tree-lined Mayflower Gulch area. That’s exactly what we did for this awesome family visiting Colorado. Below are some of my personal favorites we got for them on this chilly afternoon the week before Christmas. 

Family of 5 walk along a forest path together with a pretty mountain backdrop at Mayflower Gulch Trail
Couple portrait in the woods at the Mayflower Gulch Trail near Copper Mountain in Colorado
Cute teenage girl wearing ared sweater at her family photoshoot in the woods during winter in Colorado
Winter Family portrait ion a woodsy trail with mountain backdrop at Mayflower Gulch Trail in Colorado
Cute kid wearing a gray sweater is photographed in a beautiful Colorado forest trail with a mountain off in the distance
Young boy wearing a buffalo check red scarf and gray sweater poses in the woods at the Mayflower Gulch Trail in Colorado
Couples portrait at sunset with rugged mountain backdrop at Clinton Gulch Dam Reservoir near Copper Mountain Ski Resort
A beautiful winter family portrait in front of the stunning mountain views at Clinton Gulch Dam Reservoir in Colorado

Are you visiting Colorado and thinking about getting your family photos created while you’re here? Be sure to take a look at the FAMILIES page of my site and get in touch. I’d love to help!


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