Loveland Pass Elopement Guide – Updated for 2024 

Posted On | June 14, 2024

A groom picks up a bride while laughing. In the background, Loveland Pass Lake reflects the mountains and fall color,

Thinking about eloping at Loveland Pass? We like where your head is at! Loveland Pass is a great choice for couples looking to have an intimate ceremony surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Rocky Mountains. As two local Colorado elopement photographers who have helped plan and capture countless elopements along Loveland Pass, we put together this guide with everything you need to know as you start planning your Loveland Pass elopement! 

A couple in wedding attire laughs while holding hands and running at the top of Loveland Pass. In the background alpenglow turns the snowcapped peaks pink and orange.

Six Reasons to Elope at Loveland Pass

1. Convenient Location 

Located about an hour west of Denver and about 30 minutes from Breckenridge, Loveland Pass is conveniently situated, making it a great spot to elope whether you’re visiting from out of town or from out of state! It also means that there are lots of vendors and accommodations to choose from in the area, especially when compared to other smaller, more remote mountain towns in the state. Check out our Breckenridge Elopement Guide for more information on the area! 

2. Easily Accessible 

Whether taking a quick 15-minute hike to the lake or exploring along the upper overlook, getting to incredibly scenic vistas to say your vows typically requires minimal effort. 

3. Stunning Scenery 

With 360-degree views, the scenery on Loveland Pass is second to none. Depending on the season, you might see snow-capped peaks, reflective lakes, groves of golden aspens, or fields of wildflowers. We’ve also seen moose, deer, foxes, marmots, pika, and mountain goats on numerous occasions along the pass! 

4. Year-Round Accessibility 

Loveland Pass is unique because it is the highest road in the continental US that is open year-round!  

5. Dog-Friendly 

Colorado is an incredibly dog-friendly state, and that extends to Loveland Pass! It’s a great spot to bring your furry friends along for the ride. Depending on which county you get your marriage license from, your pup might even be able to sign as a witness with their paw print (P.S. These are our favorite no-mess dog paw print ink pads)!  

6. Lots of Activities Nearby 

Regardless of the season, there’s no shortage of nearby activities to choose from when getting married on Loveland Pass. During the warmer months, consider hiking, paddleboarding, horseback riding, mountain biking, brewery hopping, or boating. During snowy months, hit the slopes at one of the many nearby ski resorts, or try snowshoeing, ice fishing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, or warming up with a hot cup of joe

A couple shares vows during their wedding ceremony overlooking Loveland Pass Lake. Their family watches on while the sun begins to peek over the mountains behind them.

Best Time of Year for a Loveland Pass Elopement

Let’s dive into what to expect during each season at Loveland Pass!

Summer Loveland Pass Elopement 

Months: Late June to early September
Average High/Low Temperatures: 61°F/37°F

Summer is one of the best times to elope at Loveland Pass for many reasons. Towards the end of June, the snow starts to disappear from all of the trails, and wildflowers begin to pop up. July and August are the warmest months of the year, with temperatures being pleasantly warm during the day, and then cooling off quickly after sunset. Summer is a great time to elope for couples wanting to explore the many trails along Loveland Pass, including the green aspen groves and meadows at lower elevations, and Pass Lake and the alpine ridge at the top of the pass! It’s an especially magical time for couples wanting to take star photos, as the milky way can often be seen when there is a new moon!

Fall Loveland Pass Elopement

Months: mid-September to mid-October 
Average High/Low Temperatures: 48°F/32°F

During the short fall season, aspen trees set the mountains ablaze as they change color at lower elevations along the pass. The air is crisp, and temperatures begin to drop each day. Towards the top of the pass, the green grass slowly turns a golden hue, and the bushes and shrubs turn vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows. It’s another great time of year to explore one of the many hiking trails along the pass before winter comes and Pass Lake freezes over. Snow typically begins to fall in mid to late September resulting in gorgeous snow-capped peaks juxtaposed with the vibrant foliage!  

Winter Loveland Pass Elopement

Months: November through early March
Average High/Low Temperatures: 25°F/5°F

As the ski resorts slowly begin to open, Loveland Pass becomes a winter wonderland!  For those who love the snow and are willing to brave the cold, winter is an excellent time to elope. Loveland Pass offers opportunities to snowshoe, backcountry ski, or hit the slopes at Keystone, Arapahoe Basin or Loveland Ski Area, all located along Loveland Pass. It’s important to note that it can get bitterly cold at the top of Loveland Pass in winter, and there are several areas along the pass that are prone to avalanches. This makes it crucial to be dressed for the weather and to keep an eye on current conditions before heading out this time of year! 

Spring Loveland Pass Elopement

Months: March through mid-June  
Average High/Low Temperatures: 40°F/20°F

Spring along Loveland Pass is very similar to winter. Temperatures slowly begin to rise, but snow typically continues to fall through mid to late May, with occasional storms lasting through early June. In fact, one year we experienced a blizzard with white-out conditions on June 1st along Loveland Pass! Most trails along the pass, especially at the top, will remain snow-packed throughout the spring, with patches slowly starting to melt here and there. The weather can be all over the place this time of year, so it’s ideal for couples who are willing to go with the flow, regardless of what mother nature decides to do. Spring is an excellent time for couples looking for warmer weather, but still wanting to enjoy winter sports, as most ski resorts in the area stay open until mid to late May, with Arapahoe Basin staying open as late as early June some years! 

Do You Need a Permit to Elope at Loveland Pass?

Whether or not you need a permit to get married at Loveland Pass depends on your plans. 

Typically, if you are planning on eloping with no other paid vendors present outside of your photographer and do not plan on setting up any props (including decorations, chairs, or arches), agree to not block any trails, and agree to follow the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace, you do not need a permit. 

However, if you plan on hiring an officiant, wedding planner, or other paid vendor outside of your photographer or would like to set up any sort of seating, decorations, or props, your vendors will need to apply for a Commercial Use Authorization

Rules and regulations are constantly changing, so we always recommend reaching out to the Dillon Ranger District for the most current information! 

How Much Does it Cost to Get Married at Loveland Pass?

If you are planning on eloping just the two of you with no vendors, it can cost as little as $30 (the cost of a Colorado marriage license) to get married at Loveland Pass! 

When adding in wedding attire, travel, lodging, vendors, guests, or anything else you’re envisioning, the total cost can vary. We put together this guide to help you put together an elopement budget! 

How to Get Legally Married at Loveland Pass

funny 35mm film photo of couple with Loveland Pass sign during Colorado elopement

Let’s talk about the practical stuff: getting your marriage license. Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think! 

In the state of Colorado, you can go to ANY country clerk in the state to obtain your license. If you’re staying in Breckenridge, the Summit County Clerk & Recorder will be the closest location! As of June 2024, appointments are still required for marriage license applications, so be sure to plan ahead! You’ll need to bring along a form of ID (usually your drivers license or passport), as well as $30 to pay the fee. 

In Colorado, you have the option to self-solemnize your marriage, which means you can legally marry yourselves without the need for an officiant or witnesses. It’s a unique and romantic way to tie the knot and perfect for couples who want to exchange vows in a private and intimate setting. Because no witnesses are required, you can even have your dog sign with their paw print in most counties! 

After you’ve exchanged vows, be sure to sign your marriage license and submit the signed license to the same Clerk and Recorder’s Office that you picked it up from to make it official. 

Tips for Your Loveland Pass Elopement

Prepare for High Altitude 

Loveland Pass reaches an altitude of 11,990 feet, which means altitude sickness can be a real risk. Follow the CDC’s tips for avoiding altitude sickness by giving yourself plenty of time to acclimate if coming from a lower elevation, avoiding alcohol, and making sure you stay well-hydrated. The last thing you want on your wedding day is to not feel well! 

Dress Warm (Even During Summer!) 

Because of the high altitude, it’s also important to keep in mind that it might be significantly colder than you expect, especially at sunrise or just after sunset, even in the summer! It is not unusual for temperatures in the middle of summer to drop to the low 30s at night. Be prepared year-round with a warm jacket, gloves, and hand warmers to stay comfortable. Check out our guide with more tips to stay warm during your elopement

A couple explores around Loveland Pass during their elopement. Behind them the sun shines through tall pine trees.

Avoid Crowds 

One of the few downsides to eloping at Loveland Pass is the potential for crowds. Because it’s so easily accessible, it can get extremely busy on weekends and holidays, as well as mid-day. For the most privacy, we recommend eloping on a weekday (Monday through Thursday is best!). Sunrise also tends to be more private, and has the added bonus of gorgeous alpenglow on the peaks! 

Two people hold hand while watching a deer pass on Loveland Pass

Leave No Trace 

Loveland Pass is considered to be an alpine tundra, which means its ecosystem is extremely fragile. Plants growing at this altitude can take decades, if not centuries, to recover if damaged, so it is crucial to practice the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace when exploring this beautiful area to keep it protected for generations to come. Those principles are: 

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare 
  2. Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces 
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly 
  4. Leave What You Find 
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts 
  6. Respect Wildlife 
  7. Be Considerate of Others 

Have a Plan B (or C!) 

While it doesn’t happen often, Loveland Pass is known to occasionally close for hours at a time due to hazardous weather conditions, rock slides, avalanches, and accidents. While we always hope for the best, it’s a good idea to have a Plan B (or Plan C!) in place in case Loveland Pass happens to unexpectedly close the day of your wedding. As elopement photographers who have spent countless hours exploring Loveland Pass, we are always prepared with backup options for our couples!

Real Loveland Pass Elopements

The Proof Is In The Pudding! Check out a few of the 20+ Loveland Pass elopements We’ve Photographed

Cheyenne & Florencio

Leave No Trace Guide

Kyla & Chris

Samantha & Zach

Grace & Brandon

Loveland Pass Wedding & Elopement Vendors


Mountain Glo | Based in Breckenridge, CO
Golden Roots Salon | Based in Golden, CO, but will travel to Breckenridge
Candelaria Beauty | Based in Denver, CO, but will travel to Breckenridge | LGBTQ+ Owned, LGBTQ+ Employees
Wild Brides Backcountry | Based in Denver, CO, but will travel to Breckenridge
Wise Artistry | Based in Boulder, CO, but will travel to Breckenridge
Cate Hair Makeup | Based in Denver, CO, but will travel to Breckenridge | LGBTQ+ Owned


Garden of Eden | Based in Breckenridge, CO | Elopement and small wedding packages offered October-May only
Bloom Flower Shop | Based in Breckenridge, CO
Emma Lea Floral | Based in Golden, CO
Fern and Bloom | Based in Denver, CO | Offer elopement packages for pickup


Phil Gallagher  | Based in Breckenridge
Dan Gustad | Based in Denver, CO, but will travel to Breckenridge
Small Circles Ceremonies | Based in Boulder, CO, but will travel to Breckenridge
Wandering Honeymooners | Based in Fairplay, CO, but will travel to Breckenridge
NearlyWed Coaching | Based in Denver, CO, but will travel to Breckenridge | LGBTQ+ Owned, LGBTQ+ Employees


The Happy Cuisiniere | Based in Breckenridge, CO | LGBTQ+ Owned, LGBTQ+ Employees
Black Diamond Gourmet Catering | Based in Breckenridge, CO
Breck Chefs | Based in Breckenridge, CO
The Noshing Platter | Based in Breckenridge, CO | LGBTQ+ Employees

we’re more than just your photographer

We’re not kidding. We’re here to make this process easier than “accidentally” binge-watching the newest season of your favorite show. Every single elopement package includes:

  • Adventure Elopement Planning Guide with step-by-step plans, insider tips and resources from the 250+ elopements we’ve planned.
  • A custom location guide with hidden gems for you to explore and info on accessibility, privacy, permits and photos.
  • Unlimited communication – You can email us anytime, anywhere, about anything – no question is too silly.
  • Recommendations for vetted, LGBTQ+ affirming elopement vendors.
  • A custom timeline that allows you to have the epic and stress-free elopement day of your dreams.
  • Local knowledge about Colorado’s quirky features, like weather patterns, seasonal closures, last-minute back-up locations, and dealing with high altitude and wildlife .
  • We’re CPR, AED & Wilderness First Aid Certified and always travel with backups of anything we might need.
  • A built-in back up photographer you know you can trust (because we’re a team).
  • Day of coordinator (you don’t need to look at your watch one time), best friend, and hype girl.
  • A polaroid memory to take home as a tangible keepsake on your wedding day.

If it’s on your elopement to-do list, we’re here to help check it off.

Loveland Pass Elopement + Small Wedding Packages

Meet Larissa and Bailey! We are two born and raised Coloradoans who specialize in planning and capturing epic elopements for our couples that feel authentic to who they are. Loveland Pass is THE spot to elope if you want adventure and stunning scenery. We specialize only in Colorado and can help you plan the perfect just-us day or a celebration with up to 30 of your friends/family.

What’s Included

3+ Hours of Photography Coverage

We intentionally document your day with both digital and film. Includes high-resolution digital images, printing rights, a shareable online gallery, and free album design.

Full Elopement Planning Assistance

When we say we help with it all, we mean it. Location scouting and ideas. Vetted and LGBTQ+ allied vendors who know elopements. Recs for activities to do on your elopement day. Stress-free timeline planning. Planning resources and ideas. Unlimited communication because we never leave you high and dry.

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We’re 100% here for whatever day you’re dreaming up. Fill out our contact form to start chatting.

Are You Freakin’ REady?

We’re 100% here for whatever day you’re dreaming up. Fill out our contact form to start chatting.

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