Denver Skyline

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Photo Spot Summary

Country: United States

Category: Cityscape

State: Colorado

City: Denver

GPS Latitude: 39.747463

GPS Longitude: -104.943573


Drive to Denver Museum of Nature and Science and go to top stairs of the museum facing Ferril Lake you will see the Denver Skyline with Mountain facing view.

Photo Spot Details

I have been in search of good location to shoot Denver Skyline with Mountains/Sunsets and found this place when I was shooting birds in City Park from a fellow photographer. The stair top gives you nice vantage point, I noticed if you could go in the museum there is a rooftop patio which should give even better point to get the skyline and mountains.

From this location your wide angle lens is not going to give the depth of field and compression for the mountains plus the skyline is bit far. I would go with 70-200 or 85mm, 105mm or 135mm primes for vertical panorama.

The featured image I shot is with 70-200mm at 122mm, f/11.0, ISO 125 for 3 seconds.

This location is also one of the best inside the city for birding, there is a small island in Ferril Lake with trees filled with different species of birds. So bring in your long telephoto to capture some birds.

Reader Interactions


  1. Richard Pease
    February 15, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Great spot, thank you for sharing it.

  2. Axford Hollar
    January 5, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Wow, thank you for this information, it was exactly what I was looking for…plus the bird information is a giant bonus since I might well have time on my hands to kill.

  3. Dana Etzel
    March 28, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Hi John,
    Gorgeous image, could you send me information to use your image for a small company in Denver? Thank you.
    Dana Etzel

  4. Shabnda Stearns
    February 10, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Looking to get a license to use this photo – Its a fantastic shot.

    Please let me know what you charge.

  5. Norman Schultz
    July 25, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    John, love the photo, would I be able to use it as a background in a local publication highlighting “Outstanding Women in Business”. ?

    • John
      August 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Norman, Do you still need to license image?

      Thank you,


  6. David Neuman
    July 24, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Oh and btw: gorgeous shot!

  7. David Neuman
    July 24, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Somewhat novice photographer moving to Denver in 8 days/in search of a good place to shoot sunsets, and I believe I found it :) Thank you!

  8. Jan Petz
    January 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Hello – this is a gorgeous photo. What is your usage policy, please? I’m interested in using this shot in a small section of a multi-picture CRT shot. Thanks so much for your reply.

    • John
      August 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Hi Jan,

      Sorry for late reply, do you still need to license this image?

      Thank you,


  9. Lisa Abreo
    January 7, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Hi John.

    I would like to use your photo in a print piece for the City of Denver. Is that possible and is a high resolution full page 300 dpi image available?

    Lisa Abreo
    Morrison, CO
    [email protected]

  10. Lisa Abreo
    January 4, 2016 at 10:08 am

    To John Daniel:

    Do you sell your photos?

    Lisa Abreo
    Morrison, CO

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