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.
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!