26 Best Places to Propose in Colorado

Finding the perfect location is one of the biggest components to pulling off an unforgettable proposal! Check out this post if you’re looking for an epic proposal location in Colorado!

Newly engaged couple embracing each other with an overlay of mountains and trees in Colorado

Updated: August 19, 2021

Where to propose in Denver

Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens can make a beautiful backdrop for your proposal. With 23 acres of gardens, you should definitely be able to find a quiet location to pop the question.

They also have a number of special events throughout the year, which can make for an easy excuse to get your significant other to go with you.

Denver botanic gardens pond and plants and gazebo

Wynkoop Bridge

If you’re looking for a city vibe for your proposal, the Wynkoop Bridge near downtown Denver is a great spot! There are several nearby restaurants so you can grab drinks and a bite to eat either before or afterwards!

Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park

The Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park is a classic Denver location and has beautiful views for your Denver proposal.

There are lots of trails at this park or you can find a totally accessible location to pop the big question!

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

Larimer Square

Similar to Wynkoop Bridge, Larimer Square has an urban vibe and is a great spot to propose due to all the nearby restaurants and shops.

Wynkoop Bridge and Larimer Square are actually only a few blocks apart in Downtown Denver, so you could choose one of these spots to propose and then get some additional photos in the other spot!

Mount Falcon

Mount Falcon is a park just outside of the Denver metro area that has great views of the foothills and lots of trails to hike. There are two sides to the park, the East side and the West side, which each have different types of views.

From the East side, you get views of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, while the West side offers great mountain views like the one below!

Woman proposing to another woman in front of a picnic in Colorado for same sex LGBT mountain proposal

Places to propose in Colorado Springs

Proposal at Garden of the Gods in Colorado

Pikes Peak

If you want epic Colorado mountain views for your proposal, Pikes Peak could be a great choice! If you want a great adventure, you could hike to the top. You can also drive to the top of Pikes Peak if that suits you better!

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is another iconic Colorado location. There are lots of places within the park that will give you some beautiful views as the backdrop for your proposal.

This spot is very popular, so I always recommend going early in the day if you want some privacy for your big moment.

Paint Mines

The Paint Mines near Colorado Springs is definitely one of the most unique places on this list. 

With unique rock formations in other worldly colors, this location will make for a very cool proposal story and photos!

Man in a blue shirt holds woman in a black dress as they stand amongst pink and orange rock formations at the Paint Mines in Colorado

The Broadmoor Hotel

Although you have to be a guest of the hotel for this location, if you’re looking for a great proposal option where you can head straight to dinner after, consider the bridge over the lakes at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, followed by a romantic dinner at the Penrose Room.

Man on one knee proposing to a blonde woman on the bridge at The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs

Best places to propose in Boulder, CO

Lost Gulch overlook

Lost Gulch overlook has gorgeous mountain views accessible from right next to the parking lot which is off of Flagstaff road in Boulder, Colorado. 

This location has some of the best sunrises and sunsets. However, sunset at this location gets very crowded, so I definitely recommend visiting in the morning!

Couple sharing a romantic picnic with mimosas on a white blanket with mountains in the background

Red Rocks Trail 

Not to be confused with Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater near Denver, Red Rocks trail is a lesser known location in Boulder and requires a bit of a hike. But if you’re willing to hike, you can have some beautiful red rock formations as the backdrop for your proposal. 

Plus, this location is a lot less crowded than many other areas in Boulder.

Flagstaff Mountain Trails

Some of my favorite locations in Boulder are the many trails from Flagstaff Mountain Road. There are lots of options to choose from, varying in length and difficulty.

These locations offer similar views as Lost Gulch lookout but are usually much less crowded since a bit of hiking is required. These trails do still get very busy on the weekends though so I highly recommend weekdays!

Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua Park has several trails and is a popular location due to its beautiful views of the Flatirons. This is another location that I recommend visiting at sunrise if possible due to the crowds.

Flatiron mountains on a sunny day with a few clouds and a field of yellow and green grass

Boulder Reservoir

If you’re looking for an accessible lake with some mountain backdrops, Boulder Reservoir is a great spot for your proposal! I typically recommend the trail along the north shore. 

Although you’ll definitely see other people in this location, there are usually lots of quieter spots you can find for your big moment.

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

Planning a proposal is much more than just choosing a location! Find out more about planning your unforgettable proposal experience here!

Best places to propose in Breckenridge, CO

Boreas Pass

Located near Breckenridge, Boreas Pass can make for a great scenic drive to accompany your proposal. This location is especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing; however, it does get much more crowded during this time.

Sapphire Point

Sapphire Point is located in Dillon but is not a very far drive from Breckenridge, Colorado.

The Sapphire Point overlook is just a short walk from the parking lot. There are beautiful views of Lake Dillon with mountains in the background.

Chipmunk sitting on rocks at Sapphire Point in Dillon Colorado

Blue Lakes

If you’re looking for a short hike to go with your proposal, definitely look into Blue Lakes near Breckenridge. This trail is only a mile with minimal elevation gain, but there is a big payoff with alpine lake and mountain views!

It’s important to note that the road to this location closes in the winter, making the hike to this location much longer.

Other proposal ideas in the mountains

Echo Lake

Echo Lake is one of my favorite locations for a proposal during the winter time, because of the beautiful mountain backdrop and how much less crowded it is in the winter. It tends to get very crowded in the summer though! Also, be aware of the winter driving conditions you will likely encounter on the way to this location during the winter months!

Blonde woman in black pants and a blue vest holding hands with man with black shirt and jeans in front of snowy mountains at Echo Lake

Maroon Bells

Located near Aspen, the Maroon Bells is considered to be the most photographed spot in the state of Colorado. The Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak tower over the valley below, which will give you a stunning backdrop for your proposal. 

It’s important to note that the road up to Maroon Bells is only open from mid May to mid October each year. You can find out more about visiting the Maroon Bells here.

Maroon Bells in Colorado on a sunny summer day

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited spots in Colorado. There are tons of options for your proposal, including Bear Lake, Sprague Lake, Moraine Park, and many more!

Mount Evans

Besides Pikes Peak, Mount Evans is the only other 14er in Colorado where you can drive up to the summit. Although this location is very popular, it definitely offers incredible views.

Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass is another high mountain pass in Colorado with great views. Similar to Boreas Pass, Guanella Pass has beautiful fall foliage (however, it also gets busier at this time of year).

Couple holding hands overlooking mountains in the fall in Colorado

More ideas for where to propose in Colorado

Hanging Lake

A hike into Hanging Lake will make for a very unique and scenic proposal experience! Keep in mind that you do need a permit to visit this spot!

August 2021 Update: Due to mudslides in the Glenwood Canyon area (caused by prior year wildfires), the Hanging Lake area is currently closed indefinitely.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Some people are surprised to learn that Colorado has sand dunes, but it does! Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of the more unique locations in the state and will make for a very adventurous proposal location!

Hiking/Adventure Proposal

If you and your partner are adventurous, consider a hike or other type of adventure for your proposal! Your proposal doesn’t just have to be saying a view words and asking the big question. You can make it into an epic experience your partner will never forget.

Colorado has hundreds of trails with beautiful views to consider, or talk to a photographer who can help you find the perfect spot! As a proposal photographer, one of the things that I help clients with is location research and planning!

Airbnb or VRBO

Other fun idea to consider for your proposal would be to rent an Airbnb or VRBO with epic views. There are plenty of properties with great views throughout Colorado. 

This can be a great idea for a private proposal. Or you might consider this as an alternative to proposing at home, since it is a more simple option but it will still feel special.

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Elopement Photographer Kim from Wild and Found Photography

Hi I’m Kim, a Denver, Colorado based photographer specializing in epic proposal photography in Colorado and worldwide! Photographing couples on such a special day 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 plan the most amazing proposal ever! That includes everything from assistance with location planning, proposal ideas and logistics, plus lots more free resources. So you can forget the work, and focus on having fun!

Engaged couple standing on rocks laughing with Colorado mountain views in the background

8 thoughts on “Best Places to Propose in Colorado”

  1. These are some amazing location options for photoshoots! I have never been to Colorado, but just looking at this list makes me want to pack my bags right now. I have always wanted to visit Garden of the Gods!

  2. Kim, this is THE BEST post, and is seriously so helpful! On top of that, I love all of the photos, especially the Sapphire Point one with the marmot chilling on the rocks! So cute!!

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