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Here is the 2020 revised list of the best places to elope in Colorado!

With fifteen separate mountain ranges, 54 mountain peaks above 14,000 feet, and views that will make you stare in wonder, I believe that Colorado is one of the best places to elope for fun and adventurous couples.

While I can help you find a place to elope in almost any area of Colorado, as a Colorado elopement photographer who avidly explores the Rocky Mountains, I do have a list of some amazing locations for a small wedding or elopement depending on where you are staying.

And for the more adventurous couples who don’t mind a hike, I always keep a running list of secret locations that I come across on my Colorado adventures that would be a dream to shoot at (just ask me about them!).

Here are the best places to elope in Colorado.

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COLORADO FRONT RANGE MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENT LOCATIONS

Chautauqua Park Elopement | Boulder, CO

With the iconic views of the Boulder flatirons, Chautauqua is easy to get to and has so many amenities close by.

Get more information about eloping at Chautauqua Park.

Eldorado Canyon Elopement | Boulder, CO

This State Park is a hidden treasure in the backyard of Boulder. With sandstone cliffs, the scenic South Boulder Creek and fields of aspen trees, there are so many picturesque Colorado backdrops for your elopement.

Get more information about Eldorado Canyon.

Garden of the Gods Elopement | Colorado Springs, CO

If you truly want a unique backdrop when you exchange your vows, the 300′ towering sandstone rock formations are like no where else in Colorado. This registered National Natural Landmark is a Colorado icon and I love that it’s free and open to the public year around.

Get more information about Garden of the Gods. View Lauren and Ed’s intimate elopement at Garden of the Gods.

Golden Gate State Park Elopement | Golden, CO

Looking for a stunning fall elopement with golden aspen trees as your backdrop. Golden Gate Canyon is one of my favorite places to hike and see the turning leaves. If you are looking to celebrate your wedding day with close family and friends, The Red Barn picnic area is a great place to get everyone together.

Get more information about Golden Gate Canyon

Horsetooth Reservoir Elopement | Fort Collins, CO

If you dream of mountain lakes and views of the front range, then Horsetooth reservoir is a gorgeous location to elope at. The Horsetooth area boasts 6 1/5 miles of water and 1,900 acres of public land all close enough to the fun city of Fort Collins.

Get more information about Horsetooth Reservoir.

Sunrise Amphitheater Elopement | Boulder, CO

For those couples looking to elope with close friends and family, the Sunrise Amphitheater, located about a half a mile from the Flagstaff Mountain summit and has stunning views of the front range. The amphitheater is a rustic outdoor ceremony location made from local fieldstone cobble rocks.

Get more information about the Sunrise Amphitheater.

Lookout Mountain Elopement | Golden, CO

The 7,377 foot peak located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains boasts natural scenery, a panoramic view of the front range and a close drive from Golden, CO.

Get more information about Lookout Mountain.

Flagstaff Mountain Elopement | Boulder, CO

With my favorite mountain view close to the front range, Flagstaff Mountain is the perfect location for a weekday sunrise elopement. Its cliff-like rocks give you the top-of-the-world feeling while only a half an hour drive from Boulder.

Get more information about Flagstaff Mountain.

Red Rocks Park Elopement | Morrison, CO

The iconic red rocks create a unique backdrop for any elopement day. At a short 20 minute drive from Denver, it’s an ideal location for a couple who wants milder weather conditions and easy access from Denver International Airport.

Get more information about Red Rocks Park.

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COLORADO HIKING ELOPEMENT LOCATIONS

Great Sand Dunes National Park Elopement | Alamosa, CO

There’s nothing quite as magical and unreal as the 149,000 acres of sand dunes surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks that make up the largest sand dunes in North America. Dunes up to 750 feet tall extend for miles and miles and make for an impressive backdrop to exchange your vows.

Get more information about Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Lost Lake Elopement | Nederland, CO

The 2 mile hike up to Lost Lake will dump you at one of the most striking high mountain lakes in Colorado. If you dream of an adventure on your wedding day and aren’t afraid to get a little dirty, I promise you won’t regret this location.

Get more information on Lost Lake.

Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement | Estes Park, CO

While you are required to hold your ceremony at 12 specific spots within the park, Rocky Mountain National Park houses hundreds of miles of trails. Say your vows and then head out on a hike to Dream Lake, Sky Pond or Emerald Lake for some epic pictures on your elopement day. This national park is perfect for your simple, no-frills, outdoor elopement in Colorado.

Get more information on having your wedding or elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park. View Amanda and Joe’s hiking elopement in RMNP.

St. Mary’s Glacier Elopement | Idaho Springs, CO

The short .75 mile hike up to the glacier is well worth the views for a stunning Colorado elopement background. And with a short enough hike for family and friends, it’s a great location to get away from the hustle and bustle and get lost in the mountains. And hey, if you’re dying to get some skiing in on your elopement day you can do that too!

Get more information about St. Mary’s Glacier

Mount Evans Elopement | Idaho Springs, CO

Colorado’s Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in North America, giving you all the top-of-the-world feelings for your elopement day. With a crystal-clear alpine lake and a good chance of seeing mountain goats, your wedding on this mountain peak is sure to be an adventure.

Get more information about Mount Evans.

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COLORADO  MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENT LOCATIONS

Grand Lake Elopement | Grand Lake, CO

If you want to get away from the crowds and big resort vibe of Breckenridge and Aspen, consider eloping in Grand Lake. Located on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake is a hidden gem of Colorado. With easy access to RMNP, a high mountain lake with the epic Mt. Baldy in the background, Grand Lake is perfect for low-key couples looking for an off-the-path location.

View more information about the town of Grand Lake. Look over the pictures from Dominika and Govin’s Point Park elopement in Grand Lake.

Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement | Estes Park, CO

Say your vows in solitude among pine trees, a high-mountain lake or overlooking the splendid Rocky Mountains. Then head out on an adventure up Trail Ridge Road for some epic pictures of your elopement day. This national park is perfect for your simple, no-frills, outdoor elopement in Colorado.

Get more information on having your wedding or elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park. View Jenna and Brian’s RMNP elopement.

Loveland Pass Elopement | Keystone, CO

If you want all the top-of-the-world feels on your wedding day, then exchange your vows at 11,990 feet above sea level. Said to be the highest mountain pass in the world that regularly stays open during a snowy winter season, Loveland Pass is the picturesque Colorado mountaintop elopement location.

View Ben and Arlyne’s Loveland Pass elopement.

Independence Pass Elopement | Aspen, CO

High alpine lakes, miles of trails, and top-of-the-mountain vibes are the biggest draws of Independence Pass. If you want to be secluded, Independence Pass is one area that you can get away from the crowds and find some peace and quiet. The pass is closed from mid-October to early June though, so plan on a summer or fall elopement here.

View Tyler and Paige’s elopement on Independence Pass.

Maroon Bells Elopement | Aspen, CO

Located just 10 miles west of the iconic town of Aspen, CO, the Maroon Bells are touted as the most photographed place in Colorado. The picturesque Maroon Bells Valley and mountain peaks are stunning for an elopement. Sunrise brings hundreds of visitors to Maroon Bells, so I recommend a sunset elopement or booking the Maroon Bells Amphitheater.

Get more information about the Maroon Bells. View Emily and Braydon’s Maroon Bells wedding.

Sapphire Point Elopement | Breckenridge, CO

Sapphire Point is one of my favorite Colorado elopement locations because of its easy access and jaw-dropping views of Lake Dillon and the Gore and Tenmile mountain ranges. Conveniently located to one of Colorado’s favorite mountain towns of Breckenridge, this elopement location will give you all the mountain feels!

Get more information about how to reserve your time block for a Sapphire Point elopement. View Samantha and Jonathan’s October elopement at Sapphire Point.

Brainard Lake Elopement | Boulder, CO

Brainard Lake is located 40 minutes up the canyon from Boulder, CO. It is one of the easiest high elevation lakes to access and is full of expansive views, moose hanging out in the willow bushes and pine trees. The road to Brainard Lake is closed from mid-October through Memorial Day. If you are willing to hike the 5 mile round trip up to the lake in the winter you will be welcomed with seclusion and peace.

Get more information about Brainard Lake. View Ty and Nichole’s Brainard Lake engagement session.

Colorado Elopement

As a Colorado elopement photographer, nothing makes me happier than a couple going against the grain of a big, fancy wedding and choosing to have a no-frills elopement in Colorado. If you want more details on eloping at the above Colorado locations or information on Colorado elopement photography packages, let’s chat! For other ideas on what to do in Colorado, visit the 100 Best Things to do in Colorado.

 

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Meet Larissa. Larissa is a Colorado adventure elopement photographer. She’d take an adventure in the mountains over shopping + a date night snuggling on the couch over dinner and a movie any day. Larissa’s obsessed with: morning snuggles with her rescue pup, Hazel, hot chocolate, a good book and yoga pants. She believes in making you forget a camera’s even there, that your story is the actual thing she wants to capture on camera and that real, raw moments are more important that perfectly curated poses. Book your Colorado Elopement Photographer.

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5/18/2018

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Best Places to Elope in Colorado

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