Accessible Locations for Photos in Telluride

I've spent a lot of time over the past few years exploring the mountains in San Miguel County to find gorgeous, off-the-beaten-track spots for photos. I absolutely love adventure sessions! That said, not all of my clients are physically able to hike to a remote spot, and a lot of my clients' children have nap schedules or limited patience for riding in the car! So, beautiful Telluride locations that are easy to get to are totally key. Here are some of my very favorites.

San Sophia Overlook

San Sophia Overlook is one of my favorite places to take photos in the summer and fall. To access this location, the gondola can be taken from either town or Mountain Village. At 10,000 feet you get 360 degree views of all sorts of paradise! To the west there is The Sneffels Range, the La Sals, and Telluride Regional Airport, and then looking down toward town on the other side you get that incredible classic view of the San Juans.

Note: this location is not accessible in the winter as it is a part of the ski area.

Telluride Town Park

If you’ve ever visited Telluride, you’ve probably strolled through the park and know that the incredible mountain views are visible from this spot! Maybe you’ve even attended one of Telluride’s summer festivals here and sat in front of the beautiful stage.  One thing a bit less known about Telluride Town Park is if you walk in a little deeper, there’s a small waterfall that is absolutely magical. The falls are connected to Bear Creek, a popular hiking spot in the summer and a backcountry ski spot in the winter.

This location is great for families. Kids can run through the grass, play on the jungle gym, and check out the waterfall.  Back toward the waterfall, there are tiny aspen groves which are gorgeous in the fall!

Telluride Valley Floor

With the San Miguel River running through, and the epic San Juan Mountains in the distance, this location has the feel of remote wilderness. But it's not! It's located just west of town. There are a few different access points, and I like to recommend to clients that we either park at the Conoco, or the Shell Station.

Downtown Telluride

The buildings in town in Telluride date back as far as 1887! I love the greens and reds of many of the buildings, like San Miguel County Courthouse (visible in the background of the second photo below) which was built in 1885. From Colorado Avenue also known as Main Street, those gorgeous mountains are on full display. One of my favorite things about town is that if you walk toward the river there are a bunch of bridges and pathways leading toward Town Park. I often start with clients in town, then head back toward the river and end in the park.


Deep Creek Trail

This location is so gorgeous! Deep Creek features a hiking trail of switchbacks with views of the mountains in all directions, winding through aspen groves all the way. The trail is located at the beginning of Last Dollar Road. From town, it's about a 20 minute drive.


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