|GPS - Garden Entrance||39.7322||-104.9598||Directions|
The Denver Botanic Gardens is located at 1005 York Street.
Wonderful opportunities for flower and butterfly photos. The displays change throughout the seasons as different flowers come into bloom, so it is deserving of several visits throughout the year.
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The Butterfly Pavilion is located at 6252 West 104th Ave. Westminster, CO.
An opportunity to get great closeups of a multitude of different butterflies. Monopods only, no tripods. Arrive at opening time to avoid crowds.
|GPS - North Entrance I-70||39.6800||-105.1973||Directions|
|South Entrance I-470||39.6539||-105.1973||Directions|
Red Rocks Park is located near Morrison, Colorado, 15 miles west of Denver.
Visit at sunrise to get great lighting on gorgeous red rock formations and the chance to sight wildlife in the area.
|GPS - Roxborough Dr.||39.4485||-105.0694||Directions|
The park is filled with dramatic red-rock formations and a host of wildlife ranging from black bears to mule deer. Hike the trails to capture one of the many beautiful views.
|GPS - Zoo Entrance||39.7512||-104.9488||Directions|
The zoo entrance is located on 23rd Avenue between York St. and Colorado Blvd.
Open every day of the year :
Nov 1-Feb 28 10am to 5pm and Mar 1-Oct 31 9am to 6pm
The Denver Zoo houses a large collection of animals. The trick is to create photographs that don't look as if they were taken at the zoo.
|GPS - The Zoo||38.7718||-104.8528||Directions|
Located in southwest Colorado Springs on the side of Cheyenne Mountain, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is situated just above the Broadmoor Hotel.
Located in Colorado Springs, it is less visited by people here in the Denver area, but a great location for animal photos.
|GPS - Park Entrance||38.8779||-104.8707||Directions|
The Garden of the Gods is located at 1805 N 30th Street (at Gateway Rd.) in Colorado Springs.
Garden of the Gods Park has a wealth of creative photo opportunities. You can take great photos from the Gateway or Balanced Rock parking lots or hike some of the many trails for even more possibilities.
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To reach the toll road, Exit I-25 at exit 141 (SH 24), going west toward the mountains, then take the Pikes Peak Toll Road exit and follow the signs to get to Pikes Peak.
With a toll road that goes to the summit at 14,110 feet, The photo opportunities are endless. Wildfowers, wildlife, and mountain vistas to name a few.
At the top, the north side of the summit offers the most dramatic views, with a sharp drop off into the aptly named Bottomless Pit. Start there, walk to the far side near the High Altitude Research Station for a look at the Continental Divide, and end at the viewing platform on the south side.
|GPS - Park Entrance||39.9324||-105.2801||Directions|
Eldorado Canyon is located about 5 miles southwest of Boulder. On weekends and holidays from May through September, the entire park often reaches full vehicle capacity and additional vehicles are only allowed entrance periodically, as space becomes available.
Located just outside of Boulder, rock climbers from around the world come to assail the steep canyon walls with the scenic South Boulder Creek at their base. Mule deer, elk, black bear, bobcat, red fox, coyote and mountain lion inhabit the foothills in and around Eldorado Canyon. Large populations of bats breed in the caves in the Inner Canyon. Try some of the trails. Get some photos of the climbers.
|GPS - Park Entrance||39.8757||-105.4407||Directions|
Take highway 58 west to highway 93. Turn right (N) on highway 93 for approximately 1 mile to Golden Gate Canyon road. Turn left and follow Golden Gate Canyon road 13 miles to the Visitor Center.
Golden Gate State Park provides a home for a great number and variety of wildlife, providing the perfect place for wildlife watching and wildlife photography. Among the larger animals are moose, bighorn sheep, black bear, mule deer and elk.
Panorama Point is approximately 5 miles from the Visitor Center (in the summer when Mountain Base Rd is open). In winter, continue on Hwy 46 West 3 mi to Hwy 119 go north on Hwy 119 4mi to mile marker 15.5 and look for Gap Rd on your right. Follow Gap Rd past the CG to the spectacular vistas found at the point.
From Panorama Point continue on the dirt road to the Lazy Squaw Ranch. Find the Lazy Squaw Spire on the hill behind the Ranch. This is one of the many rock climbing opportunities in the park and makes a fine photo op as well.