The National Park Series: Where to Go and When

Milky Way from Horseshoe Park, Rocky Mountain National Park,

Milky Way from Horseshoe Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. September 27, 2015. 8:06:12 PM MDT. Canon 5D Mark III. Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 lens. 30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200.

The National Parks in the United States are natural, environmental, and photographic treasures. To help you show up at the right time and place for the best photography, I am pulling together a list of some of my articles on the National Parks, plus adding new articles. Most recent update: December 8, 2017

When is the Best Time of Year to Photograph the National Parks?

The Best Months to Photograph the Best National Parks  –  When are our best national parks at their photographic prime? This is your guide to the best months for each park.

Winter

The Best National Parks to Photograph in Winter

One Photographer and Nine Outdoor/Travel Writers Pick the Best Winter National Parks

Spring

The Best National Parks to Photograph in Spring

One Photographer and Nine Outdoor/Travel Writers Pick the Best National Parks for Spring

Summer

The Best National Parks to Photograph in Summer

One Photographer and Eleven Outdoor/Travel Writers Pick the Best National Parks for Summer

Fall

The Best National Parks for Fall Photography

Two Photographers and Eleven Outdoor/Travel Writers Pick the Best National Parks for Fall

Road Trips

A Road Trip to All of the National Parks in the “Lower 48” States

Location Guides

Colorado Fall Color Travel Guide – 2017  – This is my guide to Colorado in the fall. It has over 100 pages of information on the best places to go, the best times to be there, plus suggestions for places to stay and eat.

Yosemite: How to Photograph “Gates of the Valley”

Arches: How to Photograph Double Arch at Night

Photography in Big Bend National Park

Photography at Bryce Canyon National Park

Recommended Books

How to Photograph America’s National Parks by Tim Fitzharris. This is my favorite guide book to photography in the best of the national parks. Tim gives you the best hot spots, the best seasons to go, and lots of photography advice. It is a great book to take with you when you photograph the parks. You can find it here.

Treasured Lands by Q. T. Luong. This is far and away the best collection of photos taken in all of our national parks. This is a big, beautiful, coffee table book. Read this for ideas and inspiration. While this is not strictly a photo guide book, it does give location information for every photograph in the book. You can find it here.

The Best Scenic Photo Location Guides, including several individual guide books for the national parks. This article also has more detailed information about the books How to Photograph America’s National Parks and Treasured Lands.

Best Books: Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey – Recommended reading if you are going to Arches or Canyonlands