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.

America’s National Parks are natural, environmental, and photographic treasures. They are high on the list of preferred destinations for professional and amateur photographers alike. To help you show up at right places at the best times to create beautiful images, I put together this ongoing series of articles.

Posted January 22, 2017. Most recent update: February 8, 2018.

National Park Series Overview

The National Park Series: Where to Go and When – An Overview

National Park Series Links

When is the Best Time of Year to Photograph Each of Our 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 Articles

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. This guide is updated every year in the summer.

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, Digital Edition 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 learn more about this book in this article.

Treasured Lands by Q. T. Luong. This is far and away the best collection of photos taken by one person in all 59 of our national parks. This is a big, beautiful, coffee table book you can go to again and again for location ideas and inspiration. While this is not strictly a photography guide book, it does give location information for every photograph in the book. You can learn more about this book in this article.

To find more of the best photography location guides for the national parks plus a lot more of the best scenic locations in the Unites States and Canada, read The Best Scenic Photo Location Guides.

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