Colorado Staycation | Family Photographer

In this busy season it’s important to take time to slow down.

With the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holidays, plenty of family photos, hosting dinners, shopping for gifts, and kids finishing up the semester, it’s easy to get caught up in it all. 

One of my favorite ways to “regroup” and refresh with a little R& R is having a “staycation” in our beautiful state of Colorado. 


Why a staycation in Colorado? 

  • So many locations in our gorgeous state are within driving distance.
  • We have amazing views and scenery 
  • There are so many outdoor activities, year round! 
  • Great food and breweries
  • If you are in the mood for snow, you can often travel to the mountains and find some! (Especially during the fall and winter months!)   


While there are many options when it comes to going somewhere for a Colorado “staycation” I’d like to share a few favorites. 


Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa

Devil’s Thumb Ranch is about 15 minutes from Winter Park, or about an hour and a half from Denver! DTR is a gorgeous ranch themed resort in the mountains. There are so many activities like horseback riding, fat tire biking, snowshoeing, ice skating, and horse drawn sleigh rides. At DTR there are rooms at the main lodge and there are separate log cabins! The food is wonderful at Devil’s Thumb Ranch and there are several restaurants. It truly is a magical hidden getaway! If you are looking for a luxury getaway with delicious food and plenty of activities this is the place for you!  


Another wonderful place to have a Colorado staycation is in Estes Park! It’s a bit closer to Denver and just as beautiful as the high country! Plenty of hiking, an adorable downtown full of restaurants and shops, a lake, and you can always spot Elk walking around! There are plenty of options when looking for somewhere to stay, but a favorite of ours is a cabin at Mountain Village- at Lake Estes!

These cabins are rustic chic with 2 bedrooms/bathrooms, a full kitchen, living room, and a hot tub! It’s a home away from home! Perfect for a couples getaway or for a family vacation. Enjoy cooking dinner and playing games together after exploring Estes Park!  


No matter where or when you enjoy a “stay-cation” this season, I hope you are able to find a way to regroup and enjoy family time together. No matter what that looks like for you! 

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Click here to request more information or email me directly at Please allow 48 hours for me to respond. You can also follow me on Facebook for recent work and behind the scenes on my Instagram stories. Sessions take place an hour or so before sunset for the most beautiful light.

My style and goal when photographing families is to create timeless, yet fresh images! I love incorporating our beautiful Colorado scenery and golden sunsets to help capture authentic moments.  If you are interested in more information on senior portraits or family photography click here!  Or email me directly at  Please allow 48 hours for me to respond. For more photos and recent work follow me on Facebook and behind the scenes fun is on my Instagram stories. Sessions take place an hour or so before sunset for the most beautiful light.

Now booking for Spring 2022  golden hour sessions!  Contact me to book your portrait session.

Julie Livermore photography specializes in newborn, family, maternity, and outdoor photography in Denver and Bolder with the best locations in surrounding areas!




Hello, I am Julie. Wife, mom of two boys, photographer, adventurer and coffee lover. I live in Colorado and never run out of places to hike, explore, and play with my family. Some of our most recent adventures include white water rafting, tent camping, and exploring Rocky Mountain National Park.