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The Most Instagrammable Spots in Loveland, Colorado

Sunset over Boyd Lake, by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

Photography used to be a hobby for just a few but then along came the smartphone and now, anyone anywhere can take a pretty picture, and its especially easy using apps such as Instagram.

While nothing can replace a professional photographer’s eye and knowledge of the artform of photography, many of us love to take and share photos more than ever, especially when we travel.

Here are some of the best places to take a beautiful Instagram photo in Loveland, Colorado.

Find the Water

Whether you’re an Instagram junkie or a professional photographer, Lake Loveland is an excellent choice for shooting, especially at sunset.

Sunset on Lake Loveland by S. Casey Funderburk
Lake Loveland | Photographer: Casey Funderburk

Much of Lake Loveland is surrounded by private homes, however, the south end is public and one of the best spots for sunset photography is the pull out along Hwy 34 on the southeast end of the lake across from Dwayne Webster Veteran’s Park.

It’s also not a bad place to eat an ice cream from the local Dairy Queen, just a few blocks away, as you watch the sun go down.

Lake Loveland, Photo by Mark Morris 1
Lake Loveland | Photographer Mark Morris

Boyd Lake is a much larger body of water located in East Loveland. Directly to the west of Boyd Lake is the Seven Lakes area. Again, much of the shoreline on these seven little lakes is private but it’s still a pretty area to shoot some photos as well as see lots of waterfowl and hawks.

Sunset over Boyd Lake, by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer
Sunset from CR9 on the east side of Boyd Lake | Photographer Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

Boyd Lake State Park is the spot where many locals and visitors go to enjoy boating, fishing, swimming and picnics, however, the east side of the lake provides an ideal backdrop for photographs. Take County Road 9 North from Hwy 34. There are two roundabouts that offer pullouts where sunsets are phenomenal and sunrises sometimes turn the Rocky Mountains a deep pink.

Mountain Views

A Walgreens parking lot may not seem like the ideal place to shoot a beautiful photograph but this one is. Located at 1300 14th SW, this southern Loveland Walgreens’ hilltop location provides breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains.

Another location to get a great shot of the mountains at Mariana Butte Golf Course in west Loveland. Park in the main lot and take the short trail that leads to the top of the little mountain here. The views and the climb will take your breath away.

A Geological Wonder

It is, most possibly, Loveland’s most photographed landmark. Devil’s Backbone in a geological wonder and an extremely photogenic place. Popular with hikers, eager photogs should get here early in the morning or late in the evening to get the best shots of this unique location.

The Keyhole at Devil’s Backbone | Visit Loveland

The “keyhole” is a favorite spot to shoot here but beware that the trail to “keyhole” is closed for part of the summer for nesting peregrine falcons so plan ahead.

Get Artsy with Sculpture

Loveland is home to hundreds of public sculpture. You’ll find them everywhere from downtown to the shopping mall, but there are certain spots where they have been collected en masse for your viewing and shooting enjoyment.

The Most Instagrammable Spots in Loveland, Colorado. Benson Sculpture Garden
Benson Sculpture Garden | Visit Loveland

Benson Sculpture Gardens is a fun place to visit with a camera. Personally, I love shooting here in spring when the flowering trees are in bloom, but anytime is a good time to visit this one-of-a-kind sculpture park in Loveland. With 154 sculptures over a manicured 10-acre space, you’re sure to get a couple pics you love.

Chapungu Sculpture Park is adjacent to Loveland’s outdoor mall, the Promenade Shops at Centerra, and is a popular place for locals to take an evening stroll. It’s also a music venue in the summer and home to a Loveland holiday extravaganza in the winter. 

The Most Instagrammable Spots in Loveland, Colorado. Chapungu_Girl & Dog & Sitting Man
Chapungu Sculpture Park | Visit Loveland

The park has 82 sculpture by Zimbabwean artisans on 26 rolling acres that include water features and landscaped gardens. In the evening, the park comes alive with chirping birds and as the sun filters through the trees and lights up the sculptures you’ll want to have your camera or smartphone ready.

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Do you have a favorite spot to shoot pretty pictures in Loveland? We’d love to hear about it in the comments and be sure tag #VisitLoveland in your Instagram posts of the town. Also, please follow Visit Loveland on Instagram.

Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a longtime Loveland resident, founder of HeidiTown.com and author of Mountain Living’s The Heidi Guide. She specializes in festival and travel in The West.  

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