Your Guide to Elope in Colorado Springs

Are you thinking about planning an elopement near Colorado Springs? Check out this guide for information on Colorado Springs elopement locations, Colorado Springs elopement packages, and lots more!

Updated: October 26, 2021

5 reasons why Colorado Springs is a great place to elope

  1. One of the great things about eloping in Colorado Springs is the variety of scenery to choose from, including mountains, red rocks, lush green spaces, and more! Check out the best places to elope in Colorado Springs listed below for some examples.
  2. Many locations are accessible year round. If you’re nervous about having a winter elopement in Colorado because of unpredictable access issues in the mountains, Colorado Springs has some great options.
  3. Many of the locations to elope in Colorado Springs are very accessible! This can be great if you want beautiful views but don’t want to have to hike a long way to get to them.
  4. Dogs friendly locations! If having your dog with you for your elopement is important to you, you’ll definitely be able to find a dog friendly location near Colorado Springs.
  5. Large airports nearby. If you’re traveling to Colorado from out of state, you may be able to conveniently fly right into Colorado Springs. Alternatively, Denver International Airport is only 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs.

Want to know more about what the word “elopement” means and the differences between a wedding and an elopement? Check out this post to learn more!

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

Best places to elope in Colorado Springs

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 complete guide to eloping in Garden of the Gods for more details!

Palmer Park

Palmer Park is a local Colorado Springs park with lots of trails and great views. If you’re looking for open fields with views of the foothills, this is a great spot to check out!

The Paint Mines Elopement

The Paint Mines near Colorado Springs is one of the most unique places 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. 

It’s important to note that the rocks here may look sturdy but they are actually extremely fragile. It’s important to stay on trail at this location so that we continue to preserve this very special Colorado location!

Couple plans elopement at the Paint Mines in Colorado

Pikes Peak Elopement

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.

Keep in mind that you do need need to apply for a special event permit at all locations along Pikes Peak road. I recommend chatting with your elopement photographer if you need help with this!

Airbnb/VRBO

Other fun idea to consider for your elopement would be to rent an Airbnb or VRBO with epic views. There are plenty of properties with great views throughout the Colorado Springs area. If both privacy and accessibility are important to you, renting a private property is a great choice!

Check out this post for more info and to find an amazing Colorado Springs Airbnb for your wedding or elopement!

Talk to your photographer about more hidden elopement gems around Colorado Springs

Finding a location is usually the first thing couples want to do when planning their elopement or microwedding, but I’ll let you in on a little wedding industry secret…

Choosing a photographer first is actually the best thing you can do, especially if you’re planning an elopement or small wedding.

Why? Because local photographers know all the best spots! Most elopement photographers, including myself, include location help with their photography packages.

For example, when you tell me what type of scenery you want, how many guests you’re planning to have, whether you want to hike or whether you need an accessible location, etc. etc., I can help you with determining what your best options are in a given area like Colorado Springs.

Colorado is a beautiful place, and there are literally hundreds of location options. If you hire your photographer first, you don’t have to take on the daunting task of finding a place to get married by yourself.

Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas have many more hidden gems that are perfect for a Colorado elopement. Get in touch and we can start planning your dream elopement day!

Getting your marriage license for your Colorado Springs elopement

How to get your marriage license in Colorado

The process for getting your marriage license in Colorado is very simple. 

You will need to go to a County Clerk and Recorder’s office. You can go to any county’s office in the state, regardless of where you are getting married.

Although some counties allow you to start the application online, you must complete the process in person.

There is no waiting period to get married in Colorado, so you can use it the same day you get it. However, keep in mind that these offices follow typical government office hours and holidays. Most offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 4:30/5 P.M.

The process is very quick! It will usually only take about 20 to 30 minutes and you should not need an appointment.

You must use the license within 35 days of applying for it. Then it must be completed and filed back with the County Clerk and Recorder’s office within 63 days from the date of the wedding. You can either mail it back in, or return it physically to the same location.

Photo of eloping couple kissing taken by Colorado Elopement Photographer Wild and Found Photography

What do I need to bring?

  • $30 (most counties accept cash, check, or credit card)
  • Valid form of identification (e.g., passport, driver’s license, military I.D.), including proof of age
  • Social security numbers

If I live elsewhere, should I get my marriage license in Colorado?

If you are getting married in Colorado, you should obtain your marriage license in Colorado rather than your home state if you live elsewhere. This is because very few states allow you to apply for a marriage license, have your ceremony in another state, and then return home to file the license. 

The reverse is also true. If you live in Colorado, but want to have your ceremony in another state, you should apply for your marriage license in the state where you’re having your ceremony. Colorado requires you to sign your marriage license within the state.

Choosing when to elope in Colorado Springs

Season

Although there are great location options at any time of year, it’s good to keep in mind that some locations are only easily accessible in the summer (e.g., Pikes Peak).

Weather conditions can also vary significantly from day to day (especially in the Fall, Winter, and Spring), and conditions can also vary significantly between lower elevations and higher ones. Talking with a locally-based professional can help you get a better understanding of what to expect for your chosen location.

In Colorado Springs during the summer, the mornings and evenings are pleasant, although it can get quite warm during the day. The summer also tends to see the most afternoon storms, which can help with cooling off the hotter temperatures.

The spring and fall in Colorado Springs are not as hot during the day but the weather and temperatures can be more unpredictable. Every year is a little different as to exactly when the seasons start to change. But normally May is when the wildflowers start to bloom.

In the winter, Colorado Springs does get snow, although it tends to melt quickly in the lower lying areas which can make for more pleasant outdoor days. March tends to be the snowiest month of the year! 

Weekend/Weekday

Because of the popularity of many Colorado Springs locations, I always recommend a weekday elopement if at all possible. It will offer you significantly less crowds and more privacy than a weekend elopement.

Time of day

Equally as important as choosing a weekday elopement over a weekend elopement, is choosing a time of day that will offer you the best chance of privacy. 

Early mornings are by far the best time to elope if privacy is important to you. If you can’t make a morning elopement work for you two, evenings are generally the next best time. 

Nearby hikes for your elopement

One of the best things about eloping in Colorado is the opportunity to add in a little adventure! Maybe you’re interested in having a hiking wedding or maybe you just want to have some extra fun on another day during your visit to Colorado. Either way, there are a ton of great hiking options near Colorado Springs! Here are a few:

Bride and groom kissing in front of red rock formations

Where to have your Colorado Springs elopement reception

Here are a few different options for celebrating your Colorado Springs elopement, whether that be just the two of you or with others.

Picnic

A picnic on the trail or at a local pavilion is always a great option for celebrating your elopement. 

If you’re planning to celebrate your elopement with friends and family, Colorado Springs has several pavilions that you can reserve.

Restaurant

Another option would be to make a reservation at a nearby restaurant for your reception. Many restaurants have a private event space option. You could also consider having your reception at a nearby distillery or craft brewery!

Private Chef

Finally, if you love good food but want more privacy to celebrate your marriage, consider hiring a local private chef. This is a great option if you’re renting an Airbnb or VRBO in the area.

Check out this elopement reception planning guide for more ideas and inspiration for your post elopement celebration!

Bride and groom holding hands by a reflecting pool at Garden of the Gods Resort in Colorado Springs

Things for you and your guests to do in Colorado Springs

If you and your guests are visiting Colorado Springs for your elopement, you’ll probably be looking for some entertainment nearby.

Here are a few ideas that you might want to consider:

Check out more ideas of things to do!

Looking for an Colorado Springs elopement photographer?

Looking for someone to help you document your special day? I’m a Colorado-based elopement and intimate wedding photographer, and I love helping couples turn their vision for their dream day into a reality!

I’d be honored to help you with photographing your elopement. Learn more below!

Colorado Springs elopement and micro wedding photography packages

I’m more than just a photographer…I’m here to help you have the best day ever!

Based on my experience, especially with elopements and microweddings, couples need more than just a photographer.

Unlike with a traditional wedding, you may not have a venue coordinator or wedding planner helping you think through logistics, locations, or all the little details that really add up!

But here are just a few of the ways I can help you, all included with my custom elopements:

  • Elopement & Micro wedding VIP Planning Guide exclusively for Wild and Found couples
  • Questionnaires to help you through the planning process
  • Personalized location assistance
  • Local vendor recommendations
  • Logistics help and a custom timeline
  • Gear and day-of checklists customized for your day
  • More one-on-one planning help

I don’t just show up and take photos on your day. I’ll be here for you every step of the way. 

I know you have a lot of choices when it comes to picking a photographer. What makes me different is that my number one goal is to be here for YOU–not just as your elopement photographer… but as your adventure partner, friend, and guide to the epic day your love story deserves!

The Ultimate Full Day Custom Colorado Springs Elopement Package

The best choice for capturing memories of your entire elopement day, from getting ready through celebrating with friends and family.

Includes 12 hours of photo coverage.

Personalized assistance with locations, local vendor recommendations, custom planning tools, checklists, and more. I’ll be there to help you every step of the way.

You get an entire gallery of edited, high-resolution images great for printing, PLUS websize images ideal for posting to social media.

Includes the rights to print, share, and download all of your images.

Travel included!

$9,000

Half Day Colorado Springs Elopement Package

Best suited for covering the highlight moments of your elopement day.

Includes 8 hours of photo coverage.

Personalized assistance with locations, local vendor recommendations, custom planning tools, checklists, and more. I’ll be there to help you every step of the way.

You get an entire gallery of edited, high-resolution images great for printing, PLUS websize images ideal for posting to social media.

Includes the rights to print, share, and download all of your images.

Travel included!

$6,600

Mini Colorado Springs Elopement Package

A great choice for simple elopements at accessible locations.

Includes 4 hours of photo coverage.

Personalized assistance with locations, local vendor recommendations, custom planning tools, checklists, and more. I’ll be there to help you every step of the way.

You get an entire gallery of edited, high-resolution images great for printing, PLUS websize images ideal for posting to social media.

Includes the rights to print, share, and download all of your images.

Travel included!

$4,400

Are you planning an elopement or microwedding?

I’m more than just a photographer. Helping couples create their dream day is what I do best!

Get in touch with the contact form below and let’s chat about your vision!

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Bride and groom standing on a rock in front of Colorado Mountains
Fluffy rottweiler mix dog wearing a pink and white flower collar

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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