50+ Best Places to Elope in Colorado (Updated for 2021!)

Check out this list of the 50+ best places to elope in Colorado! Plus, tips on how to choose your perfect Colorado elopement location!

Couple eloping at Lost Gulch Lookout location in Colorado

Top Colorado Elopement Locations

Independence Pass

Independence Pass is the route between Twin Lakes, Colorado and Aspen. It offers beautiful views from the summit, which makes it a great place to elope! It’s important to note that this road completely closes during the winter months. For more info, check out this guide to eloping in Aspen, Colorado.

Denver

City elopements are becoming much more popular, especially now due to COVID-19! Although some people choose the simplicity of a courthouse elopement in Denver, there are many more options throughout the area! It’s very convenient for those coming from out of state due to its proximity to the Denver International Airport. Check out this Guide to Planning a Denver Elopement for more info!

Here are some of the great places to elope in Denver!

Denver Botanic Gardens

Located right next to Cheesman Park is the Denver Botanic Gardens. A rental is required, and there are a variety of sites available throughout the gardens. The Denver Botanic Gardens offers rental options for ceremony only, ceremony and reception, reception only, and more.

Colorado Denver botanic gardens elopement with bride and groom sitting on a bench

Cheesman Park

Cheesman Park is one of the most popular parks in the heart of Denver. If you’re looking for a simple, outdoor elopement spot in Denver, this could be your perfect location! There is a beautiful marble pavilion where you can say your vows and take pictures. Be aware though, this spot can get very crowded!

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater

Red Rocks is an iconic must-see site to visit when in Denver, and it’s a great place to get married too! There are lots of beginner friendly trails with views of red rock formations. There are also sites that can be rented if you’re planning to have a larger number of friends and family members attend your elopement.

Red rock formations in Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park near Denver, Colorado

Denver Clock Tower

The Denver Clock Tower is an incredibly unique location in downtown Denver, and they offer elopements right in front of the large clock face! Elopement packages include up to 4 hours of time and up to 20 guests are allowed. 

Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells is considered to be one of the most photographed places in Colorado, and for good reason! In the Elk Mountains near Aspen Colorado, the Maroon Peak and the North Maroon Peak tower over the valley below, making this location incredible for your Colorado elopement. Check on this guide to planning your elopement at Maroon Bells!

Maroon Bells in Colorado on a sunny summer day

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited locations in Colorado, and has a number of beautiful sites to have your elopement. It’s worth noting that you can only have your ceremony and say your vows at the 13 sites designated for weddings. The couple, as well as any vendors, can be cited by the park rangers if you have a ceremony outside of these designated spots.

However, after your ceremony, you can take pictures at any other location in the park, which leaves plenty of opportunities to explore all that Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer!

You will need to get a permit in order to have your elopement here, and the cost is $250. Rocky Mountain National Park limits the number of wedding permits to 250 per year, so it’s important to plan early if you want to elope here!

COVID-19 Update: Due to COVID-19, no more than 30 people (including the couple, vendors, and all guests) are allowed for any wedding ceremony. This currently extends through 2021. If more restrictive, state and local regulations may further limit the number of people allowed in a group.

Check out these 8 surprising facts about getting married in Rocky Mountain National Park!

Here are some of the best places to elope in Rocky Mountain National Park!

3M Curve

Hosts a maximum of 15 people and maximum of 3 vehicles.

Alluvial Fan Bridge

Hosts a maximum of 20 people and maximum of 5 vehicles.

Bear Lake Nature Trail

Hosts a maximum of 20 people and maximum of 5 vehicles. Also note that weddings are not allowed between the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, and weddings are not allowed on the weekends due to crowds.

Lesbian couple eloping in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Copeland Lake

Hosts a maximum of 30 people. Between the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, a maximum of 10 vehicles are allowed.

Harbison Meadow Picnic Area

Hosts a maximum of 30 people. Between the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, a maximum of 10 vehicles are allowed.

Hidden Valley

Hosts a maximum of 30 people, and the wedding ceremony cannot occupy the picnic area.

Lily Lake Dock

Hosts a maximum of 10 people. Between the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, a maximum of 10 vehicles are allowed.

Lily Lake Trail

Hosts a maximum of 20 people. Between the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, a maximum of 10 vehicles are allowed.

Lily Lake Southside Picnic Area

Hosts a maximum of 30 people. Between the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, a maximum of 10 vehicles are allowed.

Moraine Park Visitor Center Amphitheater

Hosts a maximum of 30 people. Between the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, a maximum of 10 vehicles are allowed.

Sprague Lake

During the summer this site hosts a maximum of 15 people and 3 vehicles. During the winter, this site hosts a maximum of 30 people and 10 vehicles. The wedding ceremony also cannot occupy the picnic area.

Timber Creek Campground Amphitheater

Hosts a maximum of 10 people and maximum of 5 vehicles.

Upper Beaver Meadows

Hosts a maximum of 30 people and maximum of 10 vehicles during the summer. During the winter there is no vehicle access.

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is an iconic Colorado location, with beautiful red rock formations and views of Pikes Peak. Check out this Garden of the Gods Elopement Planning Guide.

Couple eloping at Garden of the Gods with Pikes Peak in the distance

Colorado Springs

While Garden of the Gods is certainly the most popular elopement location in Colorado Springs, there are others that are just as special. Check out this Colorado Springs elopement planning guide!

Here are some of the other great places to elope in Colorado Springs!

Pikes Peak

If you want an adventurous elopement and epic Colorado mountain views, Pikes Peak could be a great choice for you! You can hike to the top for a true adventure or you can just drive up if you prefer.

Paint Mines

The Paint Mines near Colorado Springs is one of the most unique places where you can elope in Colorado. With a variety of rock formations in hues of yellow, orange, and pink, you’ll almost feel like you’re on another planet. 

Couple kissing at their Paint Mines elopement in Colorado

Horsetooth Reservoir

Located in northern Colorado near Fort Collins, Horsetooth Reservoir often gets overlooked as an elopement location, but it’s definitely one to check out! It’s open and generally accessible year round, making it great for an elopement at any time of year!

Boulder

If you’re looking for a place to elope that has both diverse and beautiful scenery, Boulder is a great choice! There are mountain views, lakes, forests, and even red rock formations if you know which trails to visit!

Another awesome thing about eloping in Boulder is that you have lots of great restaurants and bars where you can celebrate without having to travel very far! It’s also a very short 45 minute drive from the Denver International Airport! 

Check out this post for more information on eloping in Boulder!

Here are some of the top spots for eloping in Boulder.

Lost Gulch Overlook

Lost Gulch overlook is a very popular location just outside of Boulder with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. While it is located right off of the Flagstaff road parking area, this spot is very rocky so it’s not ADA accessible. 

Bride and groom holding hands while walking through the mountains in Colorado

Sunrise Amphitheater

The Sunrise Amphitheater is a location that you can reserve through Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks here. The views are great from this location, and because you can reserve it, you are guaranteed privacy! 

You can reserve this spot for either one hour or 3 hours, and the cost varies depending on whether you are a resident of Boulder or not. The fee for one hour is $100 for residents of Boulder and $150 for non-residents. The fee for 3 hours is $300 for residents and $400 for non-residents.

Brainard Lake

Brainard Lake is one of the most popular recreation areas near Boulder. It is located west of Boulder, near Ward, Colorado. There are some beautiful lakes that you can hike to, in addition to Brainard Lake itself which is an accessible location. Entry fees are $12 per vehicle.

Shore of Brainard Lake one of the best places to elope in Boulder Colorado

Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua Park was named a National Historic Landmark in 2006 and is a very popular place to visit in Boulder due to its beautiful views of the Flatiron Mountains. The Chautauqua Greens is a great setting for small weddings of less than 50 people. You can find more information on how to reserve this site here. You’ll need to make the reservation through the City of Boulder.

Groom looking at his smiling bride as she waves her dress in a field in Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado

Boulder Reservoir

Boulder Reservoir is a beautiful and accessible location with a lake and some mountain views in the distance. I recommend checking out the northern shoreline near Coot Lake for the best views. Dogs are allowed at this location, and there are great sunset views here!

Boulder reservoir shoreline with Flatirons in the background on a partly cloudy day

Great Sand Dunes National Park

People from outside of Colorado are often surprised to hear that Colorado has sand dunes and desert scenery! It is truly some of the most unique in the state! While a permit is required to get married at Great Sand Dunes National Park, it can make for a very adventurous and fun elopement. Great Sand Dunes National Park is also a great place for viewing the stars due to the low light pollution in the area!

Breckenridge

Breckenridge (and Summit County in general) is a very popular elopement location in Colorado! Whether you want to do some hiking for your elopement, or you are looking for a more accessible location, Breckenridge has options for you! Breckenridge is also beautiful at any time of year, so you can just choose which season you prefer! Check out this Breckenridge elopement guide for more info!

Here are some of the best elopement locations in Breckenridge, Colorado!

Blue Lakes

During the summer, blue Lakes is a fairly easy, short hike (albeit a bit rocky) with some great views and an alpine lake. There are also lots of nearby spots for more hiking or additional portraits.

It’s worth noting that the road up to this location can be difficult for 2WD or lower clearance vehicles.

Loveland Pass

Loveland Pass is a high mountain pass not far from Breckenridge. Right near the top of the pass is a small alpine lake that is very accessible via a short trail. This trail is 0.8 miles round trip with minimal elevation gain of only 68 feet but offers stunning views for your ceremony. 

Bride in a black dress standing next to a groom in a tux with a mountain in the background

Boreas Pass

Boreas Pass can make for a great scenic drive and elopement location. This location is especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing; however, it does tend to get much more crowded during this time of the year.

Sapphire Point

Sapphire Point is near Breckenridge, Colorado and has beautiful views of the Dillon Reservoir and the Tenmile Range.

You can reserve the Sapphire Point overlook area for 2 hours for only $110, plus a $10 reservation fee. Reservations for this location open up 6 months in advance.

It’s worth noting that this reservation does not allow for exclusive use of the area. While most people are respectful of a wedding ceremony, there’s no guarantee of privacy.

This area can hold up to 35 people. The parking area only has 22 spots, some of which may already be in use by other visitors, so carpooling is recommended.

Chipmunk sitting on rocks at Sapphire Point in Dillon Colorado

Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass is a scenic drive near Breckenridge, and is particularly beautiful in the fall. Note that the summit can get crowded since this parking lot is also the trailhead for the most popular route to summit Mt. Bierstadt.

Mount Evans

Mount Evans is one of only two 14ers (i.e., 14,000 foot peaks) in Colorado where you can drive all the way to the top! The other one is Pikes Peak. This makes it a very unique place to say your vows and elope!

Vail

Vail is another popular place to get married in Colorado, due to its beautiful scenery at any time of year! Vail has more limited location options compared to Breckenridge during the winter, but there are still some hidden gems if you know where to look! Check out this Vail elopement guide with more info!

Here are some of the best elopement locations in Vail, Colorado!

Shrine Pass

Shrine Pass is a mountain road near Vail that offers scenic mountain views. Shrine Pass starts near Vail Pass and continues until Redcliff. Although it is a dirt road, almost all vehicles are fine to make this drive. However, it’s important to note that Shrine Pass is only open during the summer months.

Shrine Pass near Vail Colorado in the summer with a meadow of green grass and yellow wildflowers, with mountains in the distance

Julia’s Deck

Julia’s Deck (also known as the Mount of the Holy Cross Overlook site) is an observation deck located off of Shrine Pass near Vail. The deck has views of Mount of the Holy Cross and can be used for weddings during the summer.

Julia's Deck on Shrine Pass with a brown wooden deck with mountain views and a sign that says Mount of the Holy Cross

Vail Pass

Vail Pass is another area that has great mountain views that are very accessible. Near the rest stop area of Vail Pass, you can walk around and explore a bit for a beautiful ceremony location.

Landscape photo of Vail Pass elopement location with green grass and mountains on a sunny day

Gore Creek Bridge

The Gore Creek Bridge is a covered wooden bridge that leads to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. It is a popular spot for engagement photos and proposals. It can also be a great location to say your vows or take some photos after your ceremony!

San Juan Mountains

Located in southwest Colorado, the San Juan mountains are some of my favorites in the whole state! The beautiful red colors running through the mountains, and the stunning lakes in the region offer some great options for your elopement. Although there are some accessible locations, most of the best spots here do require some hiking or off-roading! It makes for a truly adventurous elopement!

San Juan mountains a Colorado elopement location

Telluride

Telluride is a beautiful mountain town in Southwest Colorado that offers great skiing in the winter, and plenty of other activities in the summer.

St. Mary’s Glacier

St. Mary’s Glacier is a very popular hike in Colorado, and for good reason! It offers a lot of bang for your buck! In other words, it’s not considered a very difficult hike, but there are great views, including mountains, a lake, and even a glacier that you can walk on!

Crested Butte

Elopements in Crested Butte are great because this mountain town is much less busy than many of the other popular ones in Colorado. But it is certainly no less beautiful here! There are great locations for a hiking elopement as well as more accessible locations!

Estes Park

Estes Park is the town bordering the East entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, so it often gets overshadowed by the park! But there are a number of beautiful locations in Estes Park where you can get married, and avoid the bigger crowds at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Eloping couple walking toward rock outcropping with lake overlooking mountains in Estes Park Colorado

Airbnb, VRBO, or HipCamp

Another fun idea to consider for your elopement would be to rent an Airbnb/VRBO or HipCamp property. There are some properties with great views throughout Colorado. If both privacy and accessibility are important to you, renting a private property is a great choice! Always remember to check the property rules and confirm your plans with the owner before booking! 

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Check out this post with more info on Colorado Airbnb Weddings and Elopements!

For hidden gems…Chat with your photographer!

As exhaustive as this list is, can you believe that there are still more epic places to elope in Colorado?! It’s true! In fact, while this list contains the most popular spots to elope, often that popularity means crowds! If you’re looking for hidden gems or less-known locations, you’ll want to chat with a local expert! 

Most elopement photographers spend tons of time scouting locations and finding the best spots, so talk to your photographer about helping you choose your perfect Colorado elopement location. 

Planning to elope outside Colorado? Check out this list of the best places to elope around the world!

How to choose your perfect Colorado elopement location

Choosing where to have your elopement ceremony is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your elopement. Although we’ve gone over some popular Colorado elopement location ideas, here are some questions to ask yourself to help narrow down your perfect place to elope in Colorado.

  • What type of scenery am I looking for? (e.g., sand dunes, forests, mountains, lakes, etc.)
  • How far am I willing to travel from a certain town or area where I will be staying for my elopement?
  • Am I willing to do any hiking or off-roading, or will I need an accessible location?
  • Do I need a permit for my desired location? Are permits still available, and can I get one in time for my elopement?
  • What time of year am I planning to elope? Will my desired location be accessible at this time of year? Will the weather be okay for my needs and comfort level at that time of year?
  • Are there vendors near the location I am choosing, such as restaurants/caterers, hair and makeup artists, officiants, etc. Some remote locations require vendors to travel a distance, which results in extra travel fees.
  • How important is privacy to me? Am I okay with strangers being around during my ceremony?
  • Am I planning to have any guests or pets along for my elopement? If so, have I considered their needs?

As you can see, there are a number of factors to consider when choosing an elopement location! If choosing a location has you feeling overwhelmed, definitely talk with a professional! 

An experienced Colorado elopement photographer or elopement planner will be able to help you find the perfect location! In fact, assistance with finding an elopement location is included with all of my elopement photography packages! Get in touch for more info!

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Elopement Photographer Kim from Wild and Found Photography

Hi I’m Kim, a Denver, Colorado based photographer specializing in Adventure Elopements in Colorado and worldwide! Photographing couples on the most special day of their lives is a true honor for me. But I’ve made it my mission to take it one step further than that. When you work with me, you’re getting more than just a photographer. I’m here to help you with all of the planning resources you need to have the most amazing elopement day ever! That includes everything from assistance with location ideas, timeline planning, and lots more free resources. So you can forget the work, and focus on having fun!

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