Denver & Boulder photo spots

Today we’re taking a dive in and around two of Colorado’s best cities for travel, culture, and, most importantly, photos: Denver and Boulder! These twin cities are about 30 minutes away from one another, both located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We’re here to round up the very best places to take photos in Denver and Boulder! 🏔

Denver is the Colorado state capitol and is known as the Mile High City for good reason — Denver is exactly 1 mile (5280 ft, 1.609 m) above sea level. Accordingly, there are various markers around the city reminding you of that exact height! 📏 

Boulder strikes a mighty fine balance of being delightfully urban while also thriving within arms-reach of all that the Colorado wild outdoors has to offer.

Both cities offer culture, history, and fun times for all in the form of amazing museums, galleries, cafes, and more. They’re also not far from Rocky Mountain National Park, an incredible national treasure.

A plethora of sights around Denver and Boulder means an even more bountiful array of beautiful photo opportunities! 📸 Our photographers in Colorado are awesome pros when it comes to knowing the best spots for great photos in the area. Keep reading to learn more about some of our favourite areas and photo routes, as well as to sneak a peek of some amazing Denver pics! 📝

Photo: Jenna in Denver for Flytographer. Rachel and partner celebrate their anniversary in Golden Colorado with a couple photoshoot.

1. Denver Union Station

Photos near Denver’s Union Station are a dream come true for architecture lovers. Located in the heart of downtown, Union Station is a modern train hall and stunning terminal building. 🚉Thanks to a robust renovation in recent years, the space is now more than just a transportation hub — it also is home to some fabulous eateries (plus a farmers’ market!), as well as the beautiful Crawford Hotel. Denver Union Station is a perfect destination for photos; both inside and out, the lines, light, and vibe set you up for success as one of the best places to take photos in Denver.

Photo: Rebecca in Denver for Flytographer. Cristina and partner celebrate their engagement trip to Denver at the Denver Union Station with a couple photoshoot.

2. Officer’s Gulch in Denver

When it comes to hiking near Denver, Officer’s Gulch is a favourite trail forstunning Rocky Mountain views. At just over a mile, this easy loop trail is perfect to take in the sights and sounds of nature. 🪺 It’s easily accessed off the highway and is awesome for the whole family (even dogs are welcome on-leash)! Officer’s Gulch is a great balance for both fans of the outdoors and those who are just there to get some great photos of the Rockies and Colorado’s breathtaking scenery!

Photo: Flytographer in Denver. Elizabeth and partner celebrate their babymoon in Denver at Officer’s Gulch with a couple photoshoot.

3. Red Rocks Trading Post in Denver

Just west of Denver is Red Rocks Trading Post. Although the name may be unassuming for those unfamiliar, Red Rocks Trading Post offers a little something for everyone! 🏟 It’s a gorgeous wedding venue, amphitheater, souvenir and memorabilia shop, home to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, and last but not least, a great a 1.5 mile loop hiking trail! It should go without saying that the star sight of the hike are the red rocks. The mountain views and rock formations here are truly spectacular for everyone, let alone those with cameras in-tow. This is definitely one of our favourite places to take photos in Denver!

Photo: Flytographer in Denver. Nicholas and partner capture their engagement in Denver at the Red rocks Trading Post with a proposal photoshoot.

4. Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is an official National Natural Landmark located in Colorado Springs, about 90 minutes outside of Denver. This spot is a must-see because of its unique and breathtaking geological features. Up close or from a distance, the Garden of the Gods is simply inspiring. You can see the wonders of the park by foot, bike, Segway, trolly, car (guided Jeep tours are also available), and even horse! You can hike, rock climb, or just pause to take in the magnificent surroundings in an hour, or spend a full day soaking it all up. 🧗‍♀️ The Garden of the Gods is a perfect Denver experience for all ages. Don’t forget your camera!

Photo: Flytographer in Denver. Taylor and partner capture their anniversary in Denver at the Garden of the Gods with a couple photoshoot.

5. Estes Park

Known as the “gateway to the Rockies,” Estes Park sits about 90 minutes from Denver at the base of the Rocky Mountains, making it a popular destination for those coming to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. 🍃 Naturally, Estes Park is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Colorado’s natural beauty, wildlife, outdoor adventures, but it’s also home to some great dining, events, and cultural activities.

Photo: Flytographer in Denver. Tina and partner celebrate their engagement together in Denver at Estes Park with a couple photoshoot.

6. Sapphire Point

About 90 minutes from downtown Denver, Sapphire Point sits near Breckenridge, and offers stunning views and easy access to those wanting to take in more Denver nature. With beautiful views year-round, Sapphire Point trail is just over 0.5 mile (0.8 km), and is a peaceful, easy hike for an all-levels hiking experience. 🥾

Photo: Flytographer in Denver. Joanne and partner capture their engagement in Denver at Sapphire Point with a couple photoshoot.

7. Golden

Whether you’re looking for great places to take photos in Denver or searching a little farther afield to capture more nature photos, Golden is a perfect destination. Only 20 minutes from downtown Denver, this historic gold rush town is sure to provide a background you will love, from mountains, trails and streams, and greenery, to old town charm. If you’re a beer-lover, it’s also home to the Coors Brewery, the largest single-site brewery in the world. 🍻 Basically, if you’re feeling like you need to convince someone in your family or friend group that a photo shoot is necessary while you’re visiting the Denver area, this is a great town to help do the convincing! 😉 A little photo shoot, a little beer tour … win-win!

Photo: Flytographer in Denver. Arielle and partner capture their honeymoon together in Golden, Colorado with a couple photoshoot.

8. Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder

Lost Gulch Overlook is accessible by both trail and car — for those who want spectacular views with minimal effort, add this spot to your itinerary. 🌄 Just outside of Boulder, about 45 minutes from Denver, be sure you don’t skip Lost Gulch Overlook. If you’re driving to the lookout, note that this destination is popular for bikers, so proceed with caution as there are many sharp and blind turns. Lost Gulch Overlook is a great spot for photos, proposals, and even weddings, so if you’re wanting some beautifully picturesque shots from high in the mountains, look no further!

Photo: Flytographer in Denver. Brad and partner capture a fun day together in Boulder at Lost Gulch Lookout with a couple photoshoot.

9. Chautauqua Park in Boulder

Chautauqua Park in Boulder provides nearby access to trails and open space for kids, making it an awesome destination for families. 🏞 With ADA accessibility, lots of room to stretch out, and plenty of options for challenging or leisurely walks through nature,  Chatauqua Park is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts. Pro-tip: depending on the time of day, Chautauqua Park can get busy (as can the parking lot), so keep an eye out and plan your must-visit trip accordingly! It is one of the top places to take photos in Denver, after all. 

Photo: Jenna in Boulder for Flytographer. Shannon and partner capture their couples trip together in Boulder at Chautauqua Park with a couple photoshoot.

10. Confluence Park in Denver

Confluence Park is a super-cool urban city park in downtown Denver’s LoDo district. It’s easily accessible, fun to explore, and incredibly scenic. Confluence Park is a perfect place to hang out, relax, hike, skate, or even have a photo shoot! With pedestrian bridges, walkways, murals, and of course refreshing river water where the Cherry Creek and South Platte Rivers meet, Confluence Park is a great spot. The best part (ready for this!?) you can actually get in the water here — you’ll see swimmers, tubers, kayakers and more having a blast!

Photo: Rebecca in Denver for Flytographer. Meredith and partner celebrate their babymoon in Denver at Confluence Park with a couple photoshoot.

Capturing memories in Colorado

We hope we’ve helped you add some incredible new Colorado sights to your must-see list, opening your eyes to even more amazing photo opportunities in the Denver area. Whether you’re visiting Denver and/or Boulder solo, as a couple, or as a family, there are plenty of opportunities to capture stellar photos, and all of us here at Flytographer can’t wait to help you make awesome solo, couple, or family photos happen!