BEST PLACES TO ELOPE IN COLORADO

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COLORADO ELOPEMENT GUIDE

You’re here because you’ve made the decision to elope in Colorado—and I’m pumped to share my stomping grounds with couples like you! Now comes the fun part—deciding where in Colorado to exchange your vows.

I’ve helped over 200 couples nail down their spot and plan out their day, so I’ve Colorado elopements down to a science. Bottom line: I’m your Colorado elopement expert!

I want you to start to picture the view that gets you stoked, that feels true to the adventure of your relationship. And then I’ll help you find it! Consider this location list the trailhead for your Colorado elopement inspiration. We’ll reach the summit of your final location together after booking!

In the ten years since I’ve called Colorado home, I’ve explored every nook and cranny, hiking to beautiful alpine lakes, kicking it with the local mountain goats, and summiting the sickest peaks Colorado has to offer. This place is my literal playground and I’m stoked to share my expertise, passions, and favorite banger locations for your big day. You deserve Colorado’s epic, unforgettable views to match your epic, unforgettable Colorado elopement!

Excited to hit the trails already? Keep on scrolling or use the table of contents below to jump on my favorite elopement locations plus my local Colorado elopement tips and tricks!


Bride and groom jeeping in Colorado for their wedding day

WHY SHOULD YOU ELOPE IN COLORADO?

Eloping in Colorado gives you access to epic views of 15 mountain ranges, 54 peaks over 10,000 feet, alpine lakes, meadows of wildflowers, and a vast variety of gorgeous backdrops.

But beyond those details, Colorado is one of the few states where you can legally marry yourselves! Yes, you read that right: Colorado elopements are not only stunningly beautiful but also easy as heck!

Because Colorado has so many different landscapes, amazing hikes, outdoor venues, and thousands of wild acres to roam, I’m here to inspire you and help you narrow down your options of where to elope in Colorado.

What are you waiting for? Let’s pick out the best place for your rad Colorado adventure!



WHERE CAN I ELOPE IN COLORADO?


SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS

This place hits differently and is the perfect spot for any adventure enthusiast! These mountains are ancient volcanic peaks that cut through the heart of southwestern Colorado. Today, the jagged peaks are home to a summer carpet of wildflowers and a number of breathtaking turquoise alpine lakes and off-roading routes.

The renowned towns of Telluride, Silverton, Ouray, and Durango are perfect outdoor playgrounds for exploring this corner of the state, making it one of the best places to elope in Colorado!

  • BEST SEASON: Year-Round
  • LOCAL PRO TIP: These roads can be windy, and rough, and require clearance. Be sure to add 15-20 minutes onto whatever GPS estimates so you are on time and aren’t rushing!
  • ELEVATION: 8,000 to 14,309′
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT: No
  • CLOSEST AIRPORTS: Montrose & Telluride
  • BEST CITIES FOR LODGING: Ouray, Montrose, Telluride
  • LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/CDBngm7aGK3Lk78Q9

“By far the best elopement photos I’ve ever seen! Sean was by far the best decision we made for our special day. He took us to spectacular places in Colorado that dreams are made of. We couldn’t have asked for a better person to capture this moment that we will remember forever. If you are eloping in Colorado and looking for a unique and rememberable wedding, then Sean is your elopement ninja”

– Ashley & Brent


Sunrise vow ceremony with red mountains in the background
San Juan Mountains Elopement

ASPEN

A little place called Aspen! This is one of the crown jewels of Colorado and has plenty of levels of adventure for any couple. You have mountain passes, lakes, and high alpine views of some of Colorado’s best peaks. And of course, Aspen is known for its abundance of aspen trees in the area and is especially popular in the fall when you’ll enjoy valleys lined in orange and yellow. Also, the alpine lakes in this area are top-notch. Perfect for a quick dive after a warm summer day!

“Our Colorado elopement put all those important parts front and center and Sean helped us make sure of it. I am someone that is an over-planner and over-thinker but Sean made me feel so at ease. He was fully prepared for anything that came our way and that allowed us to go with the flow of the day. We are absolutely thrilled with the photos. They capture our day— a day of peace, love, and joy and we are forever grateful to Sean.”

– Sarah & Jose


Sunrise elopement in Aspen, Colorado. Couple kissing in their wedding attire.
Aspen, Colorado Elopement

VAIL

Vail is boujee, and it has rightfully earned that title. But don’t let the fur coats and expensive coffee fool you! Located right inside the White River National Forest, Vail is situated perfectly for couples looking to head out on big hiking adventures, backpacking, skiing, or snowboarding elopements. The Gore Range is really perfect for couples looking to head out on an overnight trip. Trust me!

  • BEST SEASON: Year-Round
  • LOCAL PRO TIP: A lot of the trails start in residential areas so be mindful of the locals when parking and exploring the Vail area.
  • ELEVATION: 8,150′
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT: Some Places
  • CLOSEST AIRPORTS: Eagle County & Denver International
  • BEST CITIES FOR LODGING: Vail, Eagle, Avon, Silverthorne
  • LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/LNuUcEEKxBNMNQSBA

“Eloping in Colorado with Sean was like we were with an old close friend that you’re having a blast with, who just happens to also be an elopement ninja! The day was very natural and not staged whatsoever. We couldn’t even tell Sean was snapping all our amazing photos to document our day. Our photos turned out amazing and we are truly happy with every single one of them! There has not been a single day that goes by where I have not looked through our elopement photos with the biggest smile on my face. Sean has a natural talent and we could not recommend him enough!”

– Josephine


Bride and groom kissing with mountain goats surrounding them.
Vail, Colorado Elopement

BRECKENRIDGE

Breck, as the locals call it, is a laid-back ski town full of western spirit. It’s known for having amazing skiing, summer hiking, and year-round high-alpine activities (including a roster of fun festivals). It’s also conveniently located right off I-70 which is a huge bonus for those traveling to Colorado.

Breckenridge is particularly stunning in two seasons: In the summer when there are countless wildflowers and open vistas for you to explore! And the fall when the aspens are litski in orange and yellow.

  • BEST SEASON: Year-Round
  • LOCAL PRO TIP: I especially love the sunrise hikes in the area as most of them are western facing, giving off some amazing morning alpenglow!
  • ELEVATION: 9,600′
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT: Some Places
  • CLOSEST AIRPORT: Eagle County & Denver International
  • BEST CITIES FOR LODGING: Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne.
  • LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/mzBhgz1GZFPjZ3NP8

Bride and groom surrounded by the mountains of Colorado.
Breckenridge, Colorado Elopement

“Sean was incredible, a huge asset leading up to our Colorado elopement, and made the whole process exciting and not stressful at all. Between seeing a porcupine, stream crossings, and arriving at dawn at our location, the whole day was magical and easy and we cannot stop looking at the gorgeous photos he got! We wouldn’t change a thing and highly recommend Sean to anyone who is a romantic at heart and has a sense of adventure.”

– April & Justin


BOULDER

Boulder is at the foothills of the Indian Peaks Wilderness where you’ll find over 45,000 acres of jagged peaks and plenty of alpine lakes to explore for your elopement in Colorado! You can find plenty of scenic spots right outside Boulder or venture further out for a bigger adventure. Either way, you will have a lot of choices!

Not only are the local trails amazing but you can bike in the surrounding areas and even head up to Nederland or Eldora for some local bites after your big day.


A couple sharing a kiss in the wild flowers near Boulder, Colorado.
Sunrise Boulder, Colorado Elopement

“My husband and I knew we didn’t want a traditional wedding and we knew our hearts were set on something that was more us – something kind of wild and outdoorsy. But it was really overwhelming for us to try to plan an elopement ourselves until we found Sean. Sean breaks down the elopement process step by step and helps you to check all the boxes and feel super prepared for your day. He’s also just a super cool person, he’s kind, respectful of nature, and fun to hang out with!”

– Rachel & Steve


ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Rocky Mountain National Park is an ever-popular destination that distills the best of Colorado into 415 square miles of alpine vistas, crashing waterfalls, stunning rock ledges, open meadows, and breathtaking alpine lakes. With more than 300 miles of hiking trails, this park is a favorite of out-of-towners and locals alike, which makes it one of the more popular places to elope in Colorado.

According to the National Park Service, the cost to get married in the park is $300 and comes with a reserved ceremony location.

*2022 UPDATE: Rocky Mountain National Park is SOLD OUT of permits for May-October.

  • BEST SEASON: Year-Round
  • LOCAL PRO TIP: Trail Ridge Road is closed seasonally because the roads aren’t maintained at higher elevations.
  • ELEVATION: 7,860′ to 14,259′
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT: Yes
    • Maximum Permit Limits:
      • May – October: 60 per month on a first come – first serve basis
      • November- April: 40 per month on a first come – first serve basis
  • MAX GROUP SIZE: 30 people unless the normal site limit is less
  • CLOSEST AIRPORT: Denver International
  • BEST CITIES FOR LODGING: Estes Park, Granby, Winter Park, Boulder
  • LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/NzijRDuw7mM33y5s6

Bride showing off her elopement dress in Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement

“Sean knew the best places in Colorado, routes, etc., and was determined to make out day special and beautiful despite the weather. Our photos turned out to be a dream, our friends and family won’t stop raving about them! I was so grateful for his easy-going personality and his eye for a great shot. His appreciation for the land reflects in his photos and we are so thankful we chose him for our Colorado elopement!”

– Phoebe & Joe


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 like something out of a dream, an otherworldly pocket of rippling sand bordered by mountains on one side and a vast valley (home to the other kind of otherworldly) on the other.

It makes the perfect location for couples wanting an earthy, boho vibe. This national park is remote, meaning you’ll feel like you’re walking among the stars on moonless nights! It’s truly a different and unique experience for couples looking to elope in Colorado but not necessarily wanting big peaks as their main backdrop.

Please note that you must apply and pay anywhere from $50 – $250 for the photography permit at the Great Sand Dunes National Park.


A couple running through the sand at the Great Sand Dunes National Park
Great Sand Dunes Elopement

TELLURIDE

Ask someone to name towns in Colorado, and chances are they’ll mention Telluride. It’s remote, rugged, yet comfortable with luxury. Telluride sits at the head of a box canyon, where the state’s tallest waterfall—fittingly named Bridal Veil Falls—crashes 365 feet to the canyon floor.

This town is known for its skiing (and après ski) and annual festivals. This is a great elopement location for couples to set up camp in the surrounding area. It’s by far one of my favorite locations and a true Colorado town through and through!

  • BEST SEASON: Year-Round
  • LOCAL PRO TIP: The gondola is free and takes about 13 min from point A to point B.
  • ELEVATION: 8,750′
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT: No
  • CLOSEST AIRPORTS: Montrose & Telluride
  • BEST CITIES FOR LODGING: Telluride, Mountain Village, Ouray, Ridgeway
  • LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/vWURAqkiUZaR2DcM6

“Sean was more like a photographer and elopement planner, as he gave suggestions for what to do for the day, handled some logistics, and gave us a timeline for the day after we filled out a questionnaire. He made the experience really memorable by suggesting the best locations to make it possible to rock climb on our elopement in Colorado!”

– Emma & Jacob


Vow ceremony at Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride, Colorado
Telluride, Colorado Elopement

GRANBY

The less traveled and explored side of the Indian Peaks Wilderness resides near Granby, Colorado. This is by far one of my favorite areas for couples eloping in Colorado with the rugged peaks and secluded alpine lakes. You better have some good endurance because the hiking and backpacking trails here aren’t for the faint of heart!

  • BEST SEASON: Summer – Fall
  • LOCAL PRO TIP: Granby can connect to Rocky Mountain National Park via Trail Ridge Road.
  • ELEVATION: Trails starting at 7,935′
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT: Yes
  • CLOSEST AIRPORT: Denver International
  • BEST CITIES FOR LODGING: Granby, Winter Park, Frasier
  • LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/QfbdPPQmotbbLLMW7

A couple shares an intimate moment with alpine lake reflections.
Granby, Colorado Elopement

“Can we have more than five stars!? From the first message and then the phone call with Sean, we felt totally comfortable. He made sure we went into our elopement completely educated and prepared. We are not Colorado natives so we had lots of questions! Sean’s talent and intoxicating energy are unmatched. No questions asked, hands down, we couldn’t ever recommend anyone other than Sean to be your Colorado elopement ninja”

– Corrine & Mat


MAROON BELLS AMPHITHEATER

Maroon Bells, outside Aspen, is home to the two most iconic peaks in Colorado. This location is a mountain paradise, lined with aspen trees, dreamy lakes, and breathtaking views. It makes for the perfect postcard for couples eloping in Colorado. “The Bells” are stunning in all seasons, especially in fall when the quaking aspens burn gold and yellow.

There is a $200 application fee to elope in Maroon Bells. You can reserve your ceremony spot at recreation.gov.

  • BEST SEASON: Summer – Fall
  • LOCAL PRO TIP: Explore the 5.4 – mile hike around Cathedral Lake after your Maroon Bells elopement!
  • ELEVATION: 9,880′ 
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT: Yes
    • Permits are released from June 7, 2023, through October 6, 2023.
  • MAX GROUP SIZE: 50
  • CLOSEST AIRPORTS: Aspen & Denver International
  • BEST CITIES FOR LODGING: Aspen, Snowmass, Twin Lakes
  • LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/5jpHPjNDVvwQkg9o9

A couple hugging for their elopement at Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado
Maroon Bells Elopement

LOVELAND PASS

You don’t have to venture far from Colorado’s biggest city (that’d be Denver) to find epic landscapes. Loveland Pass climbs over 11,000 feet to wide-open tundra and is located along the Front Range of Colorado. This area is situated perfectly for couples looking for a high mountain, alpine feel for couples eloping in Colorado. This is an especially great spot for couples bringing family members with them on their elopement.


A couple kissing in the snow at Loveland Pass in Colorado
Loveland Pass Elopement

SAN SOPHIA OVERLOOK

The best part about San Sophia? You get to combine your wedding and honeymoon into one big adventure in one of the most scenic areas of Colorado! Take a free gondola ride up to this gorgeous overlook where you can show off the San Juan mountains to friends and family for your ceremony. The grass amphitheater overlooking Telluride can accommodate up to 250 guests.

The price for renting out San Sophia Overlook starts at $5,000.

  • BEST SEASON: Year-Round
  • LOCAL PRO TIP: Don’t forget to get some gondola shots after your ceremony!
  • ELEVATION: 10,540′
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT: Yes
  • MAX GROUP SIZE: 250
  • CLOSEST AIRPORTS: Montrose & Telluride
  • BEST CITIES FOR LODGING: Telluride
  • LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/aVBG7aci8uYWGu5V8

Bride and groom kissing for the first time at San Sophia Overlook in Telluride
San Sophia Overlook Elopement

ESTES PARK

Quaint, old-school Estes Park is the base camp for all things in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s known for its wildlife (check out elk bugling in the fall!) and is surrounded by miles of jagged peaks, secluded forests, open tundra, and beautiful lakes. This is the perfect spot for those eloping in Colorado that are wanting convenient services, good food, and big views.

“Our Colorado elopement was a little less hiking and intimate, but we sure made Sean run around and capture everything we wanted. He also did that with the biggest smile. We are very thankful that we used sean for capturing OUR special day, it is something we will treasure forever!”

– Kaylin & Faruq


A couple laughing with a horse at Estes Park, Colorado.
Estes Park Elopement

GUANELLA PASS

Guanella Pass is one of Colorado’s iconic mountain roads. Less than an hour from Denver, the free road climbs along a tumbling river and up above the timberline. In this vast, high-elevation land, you’ll find epic views of Mount Bierstadt (a 14er) and plenty of open tundras to explore during your elopement in Colorado. The road up Guanella Pass descends past an alpine lake to historic Georgetown, where you can share a beer at a local brewery afterward!


Bride and groom share a moment with the sun peaking over the mountain in the background.
Guanella Pass Elopement

SAPPHIRE POINT OVERLOOK

Sapphire Point Overlook used to be one of my favorite spots to catch the sunset after a long day on the mountain. It perches at 9,500 feet and overlooks a stunning view of Dillon Reservoir, a large lake with a squiggly, forested coastline surrounded by the Gore Range. Sapphire Point is an ideal spot for year-round couples eloping in Colorado because you can drive up to the location and rent out two-hour blocks for your ceremony. This is a great choice for couples wanting to include family members!

You can make your reservations for your Sapphire Point elopement online.


Vow ceremony at sunrise in the winter time in Colorado.
Sapphire Point Elopement

BRAINARD LAKE

Brainard Lake is situated right at the front of 10 different hiking trails and is one of my favorite spots in the summer. Do you want some big views? This lake is accessible by car and has stunning views of the peaks and forests in the surrounding area. This is a great location for couples that are having family join them on their elopement in Colorado!

*2023 UPDATE: Brainard Lake requires a day-use permit. You can make a reservation online.

  • BEST SEASON: Summer – Fall
  • LOCAL PRO TIP: The road to Brainard Lake closes seasonally as the roads aren’t maintained all year.
  • ELEVATION: 10,300′ 
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT: No
  • CLOSEST AIRPORT: Denver International
  • BEST CITIES FOR LODGING: Boulder, Nederland
  • LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/btq5cN4LN8mE6gFu7

A couple standing on a rock with reflection on the lake in Colorado.,
Brainard Lake Elopement

GEORGETOWN

Georgetown perfectly encompasses what eloping in Colorado is all about—adventurous, intimate, and small-town charm. This little town right off 70 is tucked between two peaks and offers limitless locations for those seeking big views and tons of adventure for those eloping in Colorado. Thirsty elopers can cap off their day at one of the local breweries!


Groom carrying wife in his arms surrounded by the mountains.
Georgetown, Colorado Elopement

SAINT MARY’S GLACIER

Saint Mary’s Glacier is just an hour outside of Denver and has an amazing alpine lake situated between some peaks, and, of course, the glacier. This is my go-to location when friends come into town because the elevation won’t kill anyone and the views are incredible. This is the perfect location for those eloping in Colorado that are wanting a shorter hike and a taste of snow year-round.

  • BEST SEASON: Year-Round
  • LOCAL PRO TIP: Plan your Saint Mary’s Glacier elopement during the week, as the weekends can get busy!
  • ELEVATION: 11,236′
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT: No
  • CLOSEST AIRPORTS: Denver International
  • BEST CITIES FOR LODGING: Georgetown, Silverthorne, Breckenridge
  • LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/6JCwo5GjsPeRMiRp6

Bride dancing with groom at St. Marys Glacier in Colorado.
St Mary’s Glacier Elopement

ELOPING IN COLORADO AT SKI RESORTS

Colorado has some of the best ski resorts in the country and most are available year-round! Each resort brings something unique and different but you can count on each having its own incredible views! Choosing the best ski resort comes down to a number of different things like location, season, availability, and budget. Ski resorts are also great for couples who might have friends and family joining as they’re generally super accessible!

  • BEST SEASON: Year-Round
  • LOCAL PRO TIP: Some of the best locations are near Denver.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT: Some Places
  • LOCATION: Colorado has 32 ski resorts to choose from all over the state.

Couple kissing with their friends cheering them on.
Ski Resort Elopement in Colorado

ELOPING IN COLORADO AT RENTAL PROPERTIES

Epic vacation homes make for a great option for those eloping in Colorado. Some areas have AirBnB’s that are big enough to host your entire wedding. This makes it super easy for friends and family to join, while also keeping your travel to a minimum. Make sure to scour the photos from each place and keep an eye out for open spaces with big mountain views for the ceremony or reception!

  • BEST SEASON: Year-Round
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT: Check with your hosts to make sure that holding an event is OK with them. Some places might require an additional fee!

“We would highly recommend Sean to anyone, especially if you are looking to elope in Colorado, the photos speak for themselves and I truly believe our day with Sean’s guidance was even more special than we initially planned.”

– Jen & Kyle


A couple sharing their vows at an Airbnb in Colorado.
Rental Property Elopement

SUNRISE AMPHITHEATER

Sunrise Amphitheater is located right outside of Boulder and is great for couples eloping in Colorado with family members. Not only is it super easy to rent but it has some of the best views of any outdoor wedding venue in the front range. The venue was actually constructed in 1934 and used local stone to make the amphitheater. How cool!

Colorado residents can rent Sunrise Amphitheater for $300 for 3 hours. You can make your reservation at bouldercolorado.gov.


GARDEN OF THE GODS

Garden of the Gods stands out from typical places in Colorado because of its towering red rocks overlooking nearby Pikes Peak. These formations make for a unique and beautiful backdrop for couples eloping in Colorado.

Garden of the Gods is especially appealing to couples who have bigger group sizes as there are six designated elopement spots that can accommodate up to 50 guests. These spots are free and first come first serve, so make sure to arrive early!

You can read more about eloping in Garden of the Gods HERE!


HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR COLORADO ELOPEMENT LOCATION

One of the best parts of eloping in Colorado is it gives you a chance to adventure in an epic backdrop. Colorado’s landscape and topography are diverse and each location evokes different emotions.

But there are some things you should consider when narrowing down your elopement spot.

  • Your elopement location should resonate with you—have you seen a photo from above that got you super stoked? Was there a place on that trip where you shared a special moment together? This place should inspire and be unique to you!
  • When choosing a place to elope, consider the season. If you are looking for certain features such as alpine lakes and wildflowers, then you’ll want to stick to the summer months. When choosing your location, the accessibility of the place is huge!
  • How intimate is the location? Some areas of Colorado are more popular than others. I work with each of my couples to narrow down the best places that ensure you the privacy and intimacy you deserve!
  • Are you having guests? You should probably consider a location that does not require long distances of driving such as places in the front range. You can choose a location in more secluded parts of the state, but you might have to fly to smaller airports.
  • Consider the activities you want to do on your Colorado elopement. There are some places in Colorado that better than others for hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and Jeeping.

A couple sharing an intimate moment in the mountains of Colorado.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO ELOPE IN COLORADO?

Every month brings something spectacular to Colorado. It is truly the state of many seasons, which gives you infinite choices depending on your vision. Even better, we’re a state boasting 300 days of sunshine, so there’s always someplace beautiful for those eloping in Colorado!

The winter months are perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and you can expect plenty of bluebird days. September and October bring peak fall colors, where wandering through valleys alive with orange and yellow aspen trees highlights your elopement experience.

But summer is the distilled Colorado experience, made complete with long days filled with hiking and backpacking through wildflower-filled valleys capped off at an epic alpine lake. You can top off your day with a draft beer at a local brewery or roam the open tundra on one of our many mountain passes. Your Colorado elopement will be a true epic adventure in the summer!

Check out below for a more thorough breakdown of the best months to elope in Colorado!


JUNE

The beginning of summer is the starting point for couples eloping in Colorado. The weather is generally cool in the mornings but warms up midday. There can be snow in the early part of June that tends to melt off by the start of July. The higher elevation tends to dry things out first, which leaves some residual snow on the trails making it harder to access some places in the early part of June.

  • JUNE PRO TIP: Mid to late June in Colorado is pretty changeable, so once you pick your date, we can figure out the best trails to hit!

JULY & AUGUST

This is high summer, baby, and what a great time to elope in Colorado! The days are long, the alpine lakes are ripe for a swim, and the trails are clear and full of wildflowers. These months are also high tourist season, so aim for a sunrise elopement and enjoy hiking under the stars. July and August are by far my favorite months to capture Colorado elopements.

  • JULY PRO TIP: July is monsoon season in Colorado so you can expect heavy doses of afternoon showers.

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER

Call me biased, but there’s nowhere more beautiful on earth than Colorado in the fall. The mornings can start cool, but we still get some warm days in September and even into early October. The leaves change somewhere around the 3rd to 4th week of September and the colors can be gone with one big wind storm! The fall colors are jaw-dropping, and the skies are deep blue.

  • FALL PRO TIP: Eloping in Colorado in late October can sometimes have snow, especially in higher elevations, so if you want fall colors, plan on mid-September through mid-October.

NOVEMBER – MAY (SHOULDER SEASON)

The benefits of having an eloping in Colorado during shoulder season are that the trails are much less crowded. If you’re coming from out of state, the rates for flights and lodging are significantly lower. You can also try out different activities like snowshoeing, skiing, or snowmobiling.

One thing I know about shoulder season: It takes a special couple to want to get married in the colder parts of the year. My best advice would be to have experience in the snowy months and to get in touch and let me know what you’re thinking. I’m happy to weigh in with my experiences of what the conditions are like in the elopement locations you are considering!

  • SHOULDER SEASON PRO TIP: Location accessibility is our main concern during these months, and what happened last year is not always a good indication of what will happen this year. Colorado is crazy that way!

Check out this chart below for a bigger breakdown of what you can expect each month to look like in Colorado.

MONTHAVERAGE TEMPAVERAGE RAIN
JANUARY42.0 °F0.7 cm
FEBRUARY45.0 °F0.9 cm
MARCH52.0 °F2.7 cm
APRIL59.0 °F4.1 cm
MAY68.0 °F6.1 cm
JUNE79.0 °F5.9 cm
JULY84.0 °F7.2 cm
AUGUST82.0 °F8.8 cm
SEPTEMBER74.0 °F3.1 cm
OCTOBER63.0 °F2.2 cm
NOVEMBER50.0 °F1.3 cm
DECEMBER42.0 °F1.1 cm
COLORADO AVERAGES BY MONTH

HOW DO I ELOPE IN COLORADO?

GET INSPIRED & START PLANNING

Choose a date and a general area where you want to elope in Colorado and then start dreaming up your big day. What kind of scenery are you going for? Do you want guests? What kind of smells and sounds are you going for at sunrise? What kind of activities do you want to include? Do you want to hike or go off-roading?

It’s important to not box yourselves into the thoughts of what your day should look like. There are NO RULES! Throw out your craziest and funniest ideas and see what sticks. Eloping in Colorado is supposed to be your big adventure, so make it epic!

PRO TIP: Thoroughly explore the elopement locations in Colorado listed here for inspiration. Once you have a general idea, reach out and we can go over the options together!

HIRE YOUR COLORADO ELOPEMENT NINJA

This is the person that is going to be guiding and capturing your Colorado elopement. I recommend teaming up with someone that has helped others elope in Colorado. This person should be able to provide a great vendor list and be familiar with the different areas so they can give you a good idea of the best places to elope in Colorado.

It’s also super important to find someone that you can trust, knowing that this person will help relieve the stress that goes into everything. Your Colorado elopement photographer should be the person that helps you plan, coordinate and photograph your big day! Like some elopement Ninjas!

WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE AWESOME

All good relationships start with good communication, and for me, that starts the minute you get in touch with me to talk about your elopement. Building a real connection with each of my couples is a big part of what I do— we’re going to be adventuring together, after all!

I get to know all my couples with a questionnaire and send over a customized elopement location list and timelines based on their answers. Finding a rad spot is super important and should be unique to you! So I want to hear about your story as a couple and your vision for eloping in Colorado.

BOOK YOUR VENDORS & TRAVEL

After you guys settle on your elopement location, you can start to book your travel, and lodging and choose your vendors. Don’t put this off because eloping in Colorado is popular, and things book quickly!

PRO TIPS: I would highly recommend coming to Colorado a few days before your elopement, so you can acclimate to the altitude and chill out a bit before the big day. It also gives you a little time to wrap up those last-minute details without being rushed.

As for the lodging location, think outside the box. Colorado has a ton of awesome places you can stay, including cabins tucked into the woods, epic A-frame homes, or if you want to really go balls out, then we’ve got some killer mansions you can rent for everyone to stay at with unbelievable mountain views.

FINALIZE YOUR TIMELINE

It’s time to put your vision together and work with your photographer on putting together a timeline for your Colorado elopement. Are you doing a first look? Are you getting ready for photos? Are you hiking at sunrise or sunset? Are you sharing vows? These are some of the details that you should consider when putting together a timeline.

The most important thing is that your day is everything you want it to be. I work with couples to make sure that the timeline includes everything you want to experience on your Colorado elopement. This is an unforgettable experience for YOU and I want your day to match that.

MAKE YOUR COLORADO ELOPEMENT OFFICIAL

Remember to make it official before eloping in Colorado. Making appointments online beforehand is always the suggested route and check in with your planner about any new laws. I also suggest looking at courthouses in close proximity to your elopement location to cut down on travel time. When all of this is taken care of, you’re ready to elope in Colorado!

IT’S YOUR BIG ELOPEMENT DAY!

This is it, and we’re going to make the absolute best of it. What you can expect on your Colorado elopement; hiking, laughing, singing (yep, I do it!), and taking in the landscape of one of the prettiest places on the planet! I really do have the most incredible job, being able to capture this day that you’ve made your own.

After you say your vows in this little piece of paradise, the cork will pop, and the champagne will spray, and you’ll fall into each other’s arms. YOU did it! You eloped in Colorado, and I’ll take photos of the most EPIC day ever. 

There’s really nothing like saying your vows in nature’s heaven. Eloping in Colorado is the perfect beginning of your adventure as a married couple. 


Couple sharing a kiss with their dog at sunset in Colorado.

WHAT TO DO ON YOUR COLORADO ELOPEMENT DAY?

One thing I get asked all the time: What do couples do on their elopement day? And the answer is pretty simple. Whatever you want! There are so many cool elopement activities in Colorado for couples looking to make their day extra memorable. If you’re happiest outside in epic spots, why wouldn’t you want to find the perfect outdoor activity?

Here are a couple of my favorite elopement day activities for you to check out. This list is specific to activities for couples eloping in Colorado.

COLORADO HIKING ELOPEMENTS

This is the most popular activity and my favorite as well! Why? Because Colorado is a hikers paradise! You can climb a 14er, wander through fields of wildflowers, or find yourself a secluded alpine lake.

Some of my favorite locations are within an hour of Denver all the way to the western slopes. I help all of my couples eloping in Colorado find the perfect location based on their preference of scenery, miles, and altitude amongst other things. You can’t go wrong with choosing this activity on your elopement day!

HIT THE ROAD

You aren’t going to find better off-roading elopement locations than the ones in Colorado. Hitting epic 4×4 spots is the perfect elopement day activity for those thrill-seekers on the hunt for big scenic views. The big draw is covering lots of distance away from the crowds while chasing those big views.

PRO TIP: The BEST place for 4×4 elopements is in the western part of Colorado.

BACKPACKING ELOPEMENT

Ready for a life-changing experience on your wedding day? Go conquer some of Colorado’s best overnight trails. There is something magical about spending your wedding night under the stars of the Rockies.

This is a super unique elopement activity and will be sure to leave you satisfied, sore, and possibly full of S’mores!

ROCK CLIMB

Why hike to the top when you can climb? Some adrenaline couples love to push the limits and I’m here for it! Every couple should have a day that is unique to them and if rock climbing is your jam, then you should absolutely include this activity on your big day!

COLDER SEASON ACTIVITIES

With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, you’ll enjoy plenty of opportunities for your frosty elopement. In the colder months, you’ll still find plenty to do, including snowshoeing, snowcat tours, snowmobiling, or even ice fishing!

PEAK BAGGING

Depending on how crazy you are, you can tackle one of Colorado’s many 14ers. I haven’t done a 14er for an elopement yet, but I’m sure this option will resonate with a couple one day!

HIT UP SOME HOT SPRINGS

One of the best places to cap off your day is at a local hot spring. This state is shaped by tectonic plates and has tons of thermal activity, which makes it a great spot for hot springs! There are over 100 known hot springs all over the state and it’s the perfect activity to include at the end of your day!


A couple sharing a laugh at sunrise in the mountains on their wedding day,.

GETTING AROUND FOR YOUR COLORADO ELOPEMENT

To get to Colorado, most couples fly into Denver, which is the perfect get-off location for your Colorado elopement. Not only is DIA a big hub for cheaper domestic flights, but it’s also located within two hours of most of the locations listed above. And once you’re on concrete, it’s time to hit the roads for your big adventure!

Getting around Colorado by car is going to be your best and most fun option. Colorado is the perfect place for the ultimate road trip, where you can carve out some amazing memories on the way to your elopement. I still remember my first time driving over Vail Pass in the fall when the valley was littered with golden and yellow aspens. And the first time I drove under the towering cliffs while going through Glenwood Canyon. And my first time climbing above Loveland Pass at sunrise. The point is, driving around Colorado is an experience in itself and an underrated part of your elopement!

Ready to hit the road? Check out these other tips for getting around Colorado:

  • Wanna fit in with the locals? Look at renting a Jeep, Subaru, or 4Runner.
  • AWD isn’t necessary but you’ll have more places to explore with this upgrade.
  • I love using Turo for renting vehicles. It’s like Airbnb but for cars!
  • Make sure you pick your elopement location before booking your travel.
  • Not wanting to drive around on your elopement? Look at hiring a private company so you can kick up the boots and relax!

Eloping in Colorado comes with a lot of perks but exploring different locations by car isn’t talked about enough in my opinion! I basically travel for a living most of the year and I can say that Colorado is hands down the best place to experience scenic roads. Trust me!


Couple standing on the roof of a jeep drinking champagne.

A FEW MORE ELOPEMENT ELOPEMENT LOCATIONS

  1. Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks
  2. Golden Gazebo
  3. Lost Gulch Overlook
  4. Black Canyon of the Gunnison
  5. Rifle Falls State Park
  6. Crested Butte
  7. Dunton Hot Springs

Bride and Groom Hugging in Snow during the winter in Colorado.

LET’S GET STARTED ON YOUR COLORADO ELOPEMENT!

My name is Sean, and I can’t wait to help you elope in Colorado! I’m a Colorado-based free spirit who has dedicated my life to exploring this wild world and connecting to the people in it.

I know firsthand what an important and personal decision this is—my wife and I eloped to Northern Ireland. You’re trusting me to capture this amazing day, and I make it my responsibility to make sure you have an incredible experience from start to finish.

My passion has led me here to Colorado, where I can follow my heart and share my love for the outdoors with others on their elopement day. It’s truly an awesome experience, and I’m stoked every time I get to document your day.

When I’m not photographing couples, I love to go exploring with my wife and our corgi.

Sound like the perfect match? Check out my packages and reach out if you’re ready to elope in Colorado!


Colorado Elopement Locations Vows and Peaks

Last Updated on November 22, 2022 by vowsandpeaks