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      Best Places to Elope in Colorado

      So, you’ve made the decision to elope, CONGRATS! Now is the fun part – deciding where you want to elope. Think about a place that inspires you, moves you, and makes you feel at home. Find the place for a fairytale and make it yours.

      Now, I have been fortunate enough to live in Colorado for the last 7 years, which  has granted me so many opportunities to capture the most iconic and beautiful alpine lakes and snowcapped peaks the US has to offer. If there is one place I believe people should consider eloping to, it is Colorado! I believe that it truly embodies the freedom that we have in our lives to make our own choices, and to discover what truly makes us happy. The majesty and dignity of this landscape both inspire and reflect the majesty and dignity of each individual that gets to experience it.


      Best Places to Elope in Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park

      COLORADO LANDSCAPE

      Eloping in Colorado gives you epic views of 15 mountain ranges, 54 peaks over 10,000 feet, alpine lakes, and a variety of gorgeous backdrops, there’s no question as to why you wouldn’t want to elope in Colorado.

      Because Colorado has so many different landscapes, beautiful hikes, and lots of room for exploring, I’m here to help inspire you and narrow down where to elope in Colorado. Think about the a place that inspires you, moves you, and makes you feel at home.

      Below you will find some of my favorite places in Colorado that I know would make a perfect backdrop for your Colorado Elopement!

      Best Places to Elope in Colorado Boulder

      ELOPEMENT LOCATIONS COLORADO


      LAKE ISABELLE

      Lake Isabelle is located just outside Boulder and is perfect for eloping couples looking for big alpine views. This out and back hike crosses over waterfalls, wildflowers before finding this beautiful alpine lake situated between a valley of stunning mountain peaks.

      According to AllTrails, this hike is 5.3 miles round trip and is open from June through October!

      SEASON: Summer – Fall

      ELEVATION: 10,505′

      PERMIT REQUIREMENTS – None

      LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/2gJpn3D7A7AR3LEm9

      Best Places to Elope in Colorado Lake Isabelle

      GUANELLA PASS

      Guanella Pass is a staple piece in the front range of Colorado. The road climbs above timberline and gives you epic views of Mount Bierstadt and plenty of open tundra for you to explore during your elopement day. The road descends you down to an alpine lake or historic Georgetown where you can share a beer at a local brewery afterwards!

      SEASON: Summer – Fall

      ELEVATION: 11,670′

      PERMIT REQUIREMENTS – None

      LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/R9s3T1HnycJkVo1o7

      Best Places to Elope in Colorado Guanella Pass

      SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS

      The perfect spot for adventure enthusiast, the San Juan Mountains Colorado’s best playground. These mountains are lined with old rugged volcanic peaks that run through the south western part of Colorado. This mountain range is covered in wild flowers and home to 28 jagged peaks and number of breathtaking turquoise alpine lakes that would be perfect for you Colorado elopement.

      Our elopement in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado was epic, intimate, and absolutely loved the gorgeous pictures that Sean took!

      Sofia & Chris

      SEASON: Year-round

      ELEVATION: 8,000 to 14,309′

      PERMIT REQUIREMENTS – None

      LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/CDBngm7aGK3Lk78Q9

      Best Places to Elope in Colorado San Juan Mountains

      ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

      Rock Mountain National Park is 415 square miles of alpine visas, gushing waterfalls, stunning rock ledges, open meadows, and breath-taking alpine lakes. With over 300 miles of hiking trails, this park is frequent with visitors and locals year round, which makes it one of the more popular places to elope in Colorado.

      According to the National Park Service, the cost to getting married in the park is $250 and comes with a reserved ceremony location!

      SEASON: Year-Round

      ELEVATION: 7,860 to 14,259′

      PERMIT REQUIREMENTS – Yes

      LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/NzijRDuw7mM33y5s6

      Best Places to Elope in Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park

      GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK

      Surprise! Did you know that Colorado is home to the tallest sand dunes in North America? The Great Sand Dunes are surrounded by mountains and make the perfect backdrop for couples looking for a fun boho vibe. This national park is perfect for couples looking to walk among the stars on moonless nights and catch your favorite galaxies on their elopement day!

      SEASON: Year-Round

      ELEVATION: 7,520′

      PERMIT REQUIREMENTS – Yes

      LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/q5sx8w2UddfWJ7WW6

      Best Places to Elope in Colorado Great Sand Dune Elopement

      TELLURIDE

      Telluride sits at the head of a box canyon in an old mining town. This town is known for their skiing and yearly film and bluegrass festivals. This is a great place for couples to set up camp for hiking elopements in the area. A true Colorado town through and through!

      SEASON: Year-Round

      ELEVATION: 8,750′

      PERMIT REQUIREMENTS – None

      LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/vWURAqkiUZaR2DcM6

      Best Places to Elope in Colorado Telluride

      LOVELAND PASS

      Loveland pass sits at over 11,000 feet and is located in the front range of Colorado. This area is situated perfectly for couples looking for high mountain alpine feel for their Colorado elopement.

      SEASON: Summer – Fall

      ELEVATION: 11,991′

      PERMIT REQUIREMENTS – None

      LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/NEa2gu7cFtfzXSq79

      Best Places to Elope in Colorado Loveland Pass

      ESTES PARK

      Estes Park is the base camp for all things in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is known for its wildlife and is surrounded by miles of jagged peaks, open tundra and beautiful lakes. This is the perfect spot for couples for looking for good food and big views for their elopement!

      SEASON: Year-Round

      ELEVATION: 7,522′

      PERMIT REQUIREMENTS – Yes

      LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/rJse5H4jiC6fc9FDA

      Best Places to Elope in Colorado Estes Park

      BRECKENRIDGE

      Breckenridge is a Colorado town at the base of the Rocky Mountains near Vail. This town is known for its winter skiing, summer hiking and year-round high alpine activities. This area is particularly stunning in summer, where there are countless wildflowers and open vistas for you to explore!

      SEASON: Year-Round

      ELEVATION: 9,600′

      PERMIT REQUIREMENTS – None

      LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/mzBhgz1GZFPjZ3NP8

      Best Places to Elope in Colorado Breckenridge

      VAIL

      Vail is right inside the White River National Forest, and is situated perfectly for couples looking for big hiking adventures, skiing or snowboarding elopements. This is one of my favorite areas in Colorado and great for couples that are up for a bigger adventure.

      SEASON: Year-Round

      ELEVATION: 8,150

      PERMIT REQUIREMENTS – None

      LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/LNuUcEEKxBNMNQSBA

      Best Places to Elope in Colorado Vail
      Vail, Colorado Elopement

      SAPPHIRE POINT

      Sapphire Point Overlook sits at 9,500 feet and overlooks a stunning view of Dillon Reservoir, surrounded by the Gore Range. Sapphire Point is a great spot for year round elopements because you can drive up to the location and rent out two-hour blocks for elopements. This is great choice for couples wanting to include family members!

      You can make your reservations here.

      SEASON: Year-Round

      ELEVATION:  9,500′

      PERMIT REQUIREMENTS – Yes

      LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/3rEEEGZGDojNBQxCA

      Sapphire Point Colorado Winter Elopement

      MAROON BELLS

      Maroon Bells is home to the two most iconic peaks in Colorado. This place is lined with aspen trees and makes the perfect post card elopement location. The bells are stunning in all seasons, especially in fall when the aspen trees turn gold and yellow for all those pumpkin spice latte lovers!

      You can reserve your ceremony spot at recreation.gov and do a 5.3 mile hike around Cathedral Lake after your ceremony!

      SEASON: Summer – Fall

      ELEVATION: 9,880′ 

      PERMIT REQUIREMENTS – Yes

      LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/5jpHPjNDVvwQkg9o9

      Best Places to Elope in Colorado Maroon Bells

      HANGING LAKE

      The Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon is one of the most popular places in Colorado and makes for absolutely stunning elopement. Between the alpine lake, hanging waterfalls, canyon cliffs and nearby Glenwood Springs, there’s few other places in Colorado quite as beautiful for a vow ceremony.

      Be sure to look at the permit information here beforehand.

      SEASON: Year-Round

      ELEVATION: 7,323′

      PERMIT REQUIREMENTS – Yes

      LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/5PVek1kRaqf4B8ud8

      Best Places to Elope in Colorado Hanging Lake


      COLORADO ELOPEMENT PLANNING CHECKLIST

      1. Choose a date and general area in Colorado to elope.
      2. Send me an inquiry where we can set up a phone call or grab a beer. Contact me here!
      3. We’ll get to know each other and chat about dates and locations based on your vision and passions as a couple.
      4. Reserve your date and a general location for your big day!
      5. When your big day finally arrives, we’ll spend the day hiking, laughing singing, listening to music, and taking in the beautiful scenery as you spray champagne and fall into each others arms. MOST. EPIC. DAY. EVER!

      WHY SHOULD YOU ELOPE IN COLORADO?

      Colorado is one of the few states that can legally marry yourselves. In short, that means you don’t need an officiant or even a witness to legally get married in Colorado!

      This is great for couples looking to have an intimate ceremony by themselves or for those looking to save money on hiring an officiant. Your only responsible for signing and completing the marriage license within 90 days of your elopement date!

      You also have great access some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. You can drive or hike to a your choice of some epic views that are sure to blow you away!

      Colorado Elopement Locations LGBTQ
      LGBTQ Colorado Elopement

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      You can also check out Wandering Weddings for more location spots and a feature photo from me!


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