DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SPOTTING GUIDE
Spot number 1:
North and East Garages
These spots are great for taxi shots and landing shots if they are using the 34’s.
Would Recommend parking on the top floor. 250 or 300mm lens is recommended
Park at the Circled spots for optimum shots.
Recommend time: Morning
Pros: Top Floor usually never Full
Cons: Pay for hourly parking usually cheap though.
Spot 2: Final Approach Cafe
The Final Approach Cafe is Great for takeoff shots of aircraft using 25 for departure.
Views can be a little obstructed but arent too bad. 200mm-300mm lens is recommended
Pros: Good views don" have to worry about lighting
Cons: Not a good spot for heavies but in the morning UA’s 772 and 757 use the runway when headed to hawaii.Runway usage can be hit or miss
Recommended Time: Anytime during the day
Park where the small circle is for the best views.
Spot 3: Mt. Elbert lot
The Mount Elbert lot is good when they are using 35L.
But unfortunately 35L/17R is under construction so I haven’t been able to spot there.
Pros: Good Spot for 35L arrivals
Cons: Mt.Elbert lot isnt always open and 35L is under construction.
Recommended time: Afternoon
Spot 4: 120th Ave
Good for arrivals and departures for 16’s. Dont need that much of a zoom lens. 150mm and above will work.Never been spotting there but from all of my Colorado spotter friends have been there and recommend it. When going there you will have to pull over on the side of the road. Don’t worry its not a busy road. Note: Do not go on 114th Ave DEN OPS will ask you to Leave.
Pros: Great spot all around
Cons: Dont go near the fuel tanks or else DEN OPS will ask you to leave
Recommended Time: Anytime
Spot 5: 96th Ave
96th Ave is good for 08 departures. 250-300mm or more is recommended. Its a little tough to get too but it is do able. Often times you will see a Lufty A350 depart using 08. I haven’t spotted there either but plan on doing so soon. Again do not get close to the fence or the fuel tanks or else DEN OPS will ask you to leave.
Pros: Great spot for departures
Cons: May be too far not sure. 8 is used for mainly narrowbodys and regional aircraft.
Recommended Time: Anytime
Spot 6: E 64th AVE
Great for 35’s arrivals or 17’s departure. You can drive down the road for better lighting. Again you will have to pull onto the side of the road to spot but the road isn’t busy what so ever so traffic is not a problem. Again I havent been spotting here yet but plan too. 150-300mm lens or more recommended
Pros: When DEN is using 34L and 35R for arrivals all heavies utilize 35R.
Cons: Roads may not be the best since it is an off road.
Recommended time: Anytime
Thanks for Viewing my guide please note that I began Spotting at DEN a month ago and only began photography 2 months ago. Also All these pictures are mine please don’t use without permission. If you have any questions/comments or feedback please let me know!! Thanks for stopping by!!