Last Updated on January 18, 2022 by vowsandpeaks

Breckenridge Elopement Guide & Locations in 2022


Breckenridge is, by Colorado standards, a pretty small town! It’s about 5 square miles and has 4,500 full-time residents, but it has many vacation homes. A lot of outdoor enthusiasts call Breckenridge their favorite place to vacation. It’s one of my favorite places for weddings and elopements, so I want to share with you some locations I suggest for your Breckenridge elopement!

Along with all the venues and elopement locations, Breckenridge has a ton of spots where you can get married in the backcountry and some crazy beautiful locations for your photos. Because the Breckenridge locations and trails aren’t suitable for every kind of wedding, I make backcountry suggestions to couples based on the time of the year, how wild they want to get hiking in, and how they want their photos to look. If that’s the type of Breckenridge elopement you are looking for, get in touch with me for some ideas!

Bride and Groom Kissing Breckenridge Elopement Guide and Spots


Many ski towns in Colorado close down around May and don’t start ramping things up until October, but not Breckenridge. You may find a restaurant closed here and there in early spring and late fall, but for the most part, you can find something to do here every season! From summer trolls to ice castles, Breckenridge has it all!

You’ll have a lot less competition for places to stay here than other resort towns, which can be really nice, especially if you want friends and family to join you and not be spread around all over. 

Some other helpful tips: Road closures in the winter might make your usual hike a snowshoeing adventure. Or your drive-up spot might now be a hike. Be sure to keep an eye on road closures in the days leading up to your Breckenridge elopement!

Bride and Groom Laughing Breckenridge Elopement Guide and Spots


I’ve done Breckenridge elopements in a simple cabin by a mountain stream, or in multi-million designer homes that are rented out or you can hit up one of Breckenridge’s beautiful hotels. No matter if you want to keep things small and simple or want to really throw down, you can do it all in Breckenridge.

Lodging at an AirBnB in Breckenridge can be a great home base for you and your friends and family as you explore the area and take in all the fantastic things to do and see here. Or you can get extra pampered by lodging at one of Breckenridge’s beautiful hotels. It’s completely up to you! Check out some of my favorite lodging suggestions for your Breckenridge elopement

Some of my favorite lodging for your Breckenridge Elopement:

  • Breckenridge Marriot – Situated perfectly right in town, these hotel rooms are stocked with full kitchens, balconies, and full-on living areas.
  • Gravity Haus – This place is amazing! The location is perfect in downtown Breckenridge and every year is modern and updated. I’ve had plenty of past Breckenridge elopement couples rave about their stay here!
  • Welk Resort – If you want luxury, look no further! The Welk Resort will absolutely elevate your Breckenridge elopement experience with their big rooms, balconies. and intimate fireplaces.
  • The Lodge at Breckenridge – This place doubles as an awesome chalet and a wedding venue. You can knock out two birds with one stone here and can even cap off your Breckenridge elopement at the spa!

AirBnB Elopement Breckenridge Elopement Guide and Spots


One of the great things about Breckenridge elopements is that you have a super small wedding at the base of the mountain, or right along the shores of 7 different alpine lakes. Or, if your guest list is more significant, there’s a lot of great lodges that have all the amenities. Finding things to do for your Breckenridge elopement won’t be a challenge, I guarantee that!

There are so many great little locally owned brewpubs, restaurants, and more to do outside like hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing and white water rafting. Breckenridge weddings are great if you have people coming who are both outdoor-type people and people who are more attracted to shops and taking in incredible views. You really have a lot of options for for yourselves and loved ones in Breckenridge!

Bride and Groom Laughing Breckenridge Elopement Guide and Spots


Snuggled right into what is called the Tenmile Range, Breckinridge is in the heart of the Continental Divide, so there are more than a dozen mountain peaks in the range. Add in some alpine lakes and some of the prettiest wildflowers in the summer and brilliant foliage in the fall; it’s no wonder the ten mile range is a popular area to hold a Breckenridge wedding. The Ten Mile Range gives you some expansive views of the Gore, Frisco, Dillon and Copper. We call this peaks on peaks on peaks!


Bride and Groom Dancing Breckenridge Elopement Guide and Spots


Breckenridge is almost twice the altitude of the Denver area, so winter here lasts a lot longer. If you’re a fan of skiing and anything to do with snow, then a Breckenridge elopement is a great choice. Generally, spring starts in May, but snow in early June is not unheard of, and if it’s a cool spring, then there can be snow on the ground even into late June.

Even the summers in the backcountry of Breckenridge are temperate, with highs rarely hitting the upper 70’s. The riot of wildflowers in Breckenridge usually starts right after the 4th of July and gives way in early September when the aspens start turning amber and gold. By mid-October, snowfall is generally in the forecast, and it is game on for winter fun from there. 

My best advice is to be flexible about days and dates. Look for your Breckenridge elopement location before you pick your date if possible because your choices will vastly increase. Also, don’t forget that midweek elopements in Breckenridge can be much easier to plan because weekend dates go fast!

And speaking of weekends here’s something you might not know if you’ve never been to Breckenridge; traffic on the weekends on I-70 to Denver can be a huge nightmare and getting stuck for hours if there is an accident or snowstorm can happen. Take my advice and plan on getting to your elopement location in Breckenridge at least a few days before!

Vow Ceremony Breckenridge Elopement Guide and Spots


If you’ve seen photos of mountains bathed in a rosy pink hue at sunrise and sunset, that’s a phenomenon that only happens in some regions of the world, and we’re lucky enough to be one of those places here in Breckenridge. Alpenglow is the German word for “Apl Glow” and is most prevalent when the mountains are covered in snow, and the weather is calm and with few clouds.

Because Breckenridge is located between two ranges, as I mentioned, there can be lots of crazy beautiful locations to catch an alpenglow wedding, both at sunrise and sunset. However, I always recommend sunrise because it’s so quiet and beautiful, and there’s less chance of meeting up with hikers and tourists. You also can bask in the early morning warmth while exploring the surrounding area for your Breckenridge wedding.

Bride and Groom Laughing Breckenridge Elopement Guide and Spots



This might be hard to believe, but Colorado has over 2,000 alpine lakes! Eloping in Breckenridge gives you the option of some of the better ones within the front range and you’ll be sure to catch some early morning reflections, wild flowers, and even wildlife! A lot of these lakes are actually super close to the town of Breckenridge itself, so you can cut down on your early morning drive time and get a few extra hours of sleep before heading out on your Breckenridge elopement. These lakes are also western facing, so you will have the best light at sunrise as the sun comes from the east and casts it’s beautiful morning alpenglow on the peaks above. Talk about a rad experience!

Bride and Groom at Lake Breckenridge Elopement Guide and Spots


Another great thing about eloping in Breckenridge is the abundance of places to get water photos by an epic waterfall. If you want to get married near a rushing waterfall, then there are a few locations that look great year-round and others that are more weather/rainfall dependent that we can talk about. As the snow melts, the rivers and streams start to roar, which leads to some epic waterfalls for your Breckenridge elopement. Most of the waterfalls require a small trek and are the best in late June through September.

Bride and Groom Hugging Breckenridge Elopement Guide and Spots


Sapphire Point makes things easy. It’s super accessible, so if you have friends or family members who aren’t up to a hardcore hike, it’s a great choice. They are one of the few locations that allow you to choose a specific time and date, most other locations just give you the permit, and you have to cross your fingers that it’s not busy.

Bride and Groom Snowshoeing Breckenridge Elopement Guide and Spots


Between Breckenridge and Fairplay, the highest point on HWY 9 is Hoosier Pass. It’s usually a little less crowded than nearby Boreas Pass and not as difficult to get to which can be important if the timing is an issue. The location has epic mountain and lake views. You can cross country ski here in the winter and hike the trails nearby in the summer months.

Bride and Groom Hoosier Pass Breckenridge Elopement Guide and Spots


This bold blue reservoir is tucked right between the Ten Mile and Gore Mountain ranges. It’s a vast lake, and with the peaks topping around it out at 14,000 feet, there are so many photo opportunities in this area it always makes my photographer’s heart pitter-patter a bit! We can hike in a bit if you want to find a secluded place, or you can also take advantage of the boat rentals and get hitched on the water with a mountain view.


After we take some fantastic photos of your day, it’s time to sign your marriage license! Some couples will elect to get their stuff the day before, which can leave more room for your actual elopement day. However, you can totally get married on the same day as well!

A couple of things to remember when you get married in Breckenridge:

  • Both the bride and groom need to fill out the certificate and both have signatures on the form
  • Summit County is the closest place to grab your marriage license for your Breckenridge elopement.
  • You don’t need a witness to elope in Breckenridge. You can do everything privately or hire an officiant to take care of everything for you.
  • You need to fill out everything and send it in before 60 days. I would suggest dropping it off on the way out of town!

Vow Ceremony Breckenridge Elopement guide and Spots


Eloping in Breckenridge is an awesome experience and I want you to enjoy it! So, I’ve put together a Breckenridge elopement package that will help you plan out your trip, go over locations to get hitched at and hook you up with the best Breckenridge elopement vendors.


  • All-day coverage.
  • Breckenridge Location ideas.
  • Breckenridge maps and permit information.
  • Breckenridge vendor recommendations.
  • Next day teasers.
  • Online gallery with rights to download and print.
  • Unlimited consulting with all 24/7 availability.

You can read more about my elopement packages here!

Grooms at Alpine Lake Colorado Elopement Guide and Spots


My name is Sean, your Breckenridge elopement photographer, and I can’t wait to help create your Breckenridge elopement! 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, where I can follow my heart and share my love for the outdoors with others on their wedding 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. Our dream is to own an Airstream and take Vows and Peaks on the road!

Sound like the perfect match? Reach out so we can get started on your Breckenridge elopement!

Colorado Adventure Elopement Photographer