Last Updated on January 18, 2022 by vowsandpeaks

Telluride Elopement Packages + Guide for 2022

HOW TO ELOPE IN THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS

There are plenty of places worth visiting in Colorado, but the San Juan mountains are one part of the state that’s hard to beat! It’s a place that makes your adventure sensations jump off the chart! This state has some of the most scenic areas to explore in the world, but in this Telluride elopement guide, you’ll find one area that’s more special than the rest.

Elopements in Telluride and the San Juan mountains are my jam. I love everything about them, and I love photographing them! People who choose the San Juan mountain elopements have a special kind of energy and a zest for life that cannot be contained. It doesn’t matter if you have a small guest list (or no guest list at all), eloping in Telluride is an excellent choice because it’s flat-out amazingly beautiful and full of epic options! From the areas history in the discovery of gold, to the way it attracts outdoor junkies, Telluride elopements are hard to beat!

Check out this Telluride elopement guide with some of my favorite spots and information on my Telluride elopement packages!


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5 TIPS FOR YOUR TELLURIDE ELOPEMENT

  1. The San Juan Mountains are known for their high altitude peaks. These peaks were created by two continental plates slamming into one another, giving them their unique volcanic and jagged look. You can take advantage of the biggest and most remote peaks the San Juan Mountains has to offer via hiking, rock climbing, off-roading, or even backpacking.
  2. The San Juan’s have some amazing wedding venues for you to share your vows, or you can explore some of the many basins that reside in these rugged parts. Bottom line: you won’t go wrong!
  3. Telluride is home to one of the cutest courthouses in all of the San Juan mountains. You can even get married on the same day as your appointment! Make sure to register for your in-person appointment.
  4. Summer in the San Juan’s is POPULAR! Do you have your heart set on a private and secluded ceremony? Better plan a mid-week date to avoid the crowds!
  5. Telluride’s elevation and erratic weather make for some challenging but fun times in the San Juan Mountains. Be sure to arrive a few days early to acclimate and pack accordingly for any weather. Plus, why wouldn’t you want to spend extra days in one of the most beautiful parts of the San Juan Mountains?

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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MY TELLURIDE ELOPEMENT PACKAGE?

  • $5,500 with payment plans available
  • FULL DAY COVERAGE: Eloping in Telluride is so much more than a first look and a ceremony. We are going to explore those epic basins at sunrise while you share your vows near an iconic turquoise alpine lake. You can share a first dance near some wild flowers and cap it off with a fresh beer at a local brewery. My only requirement? That you bask in every moment of your Telluride elopement.
  • GUIDES AND RESOURCES: When I say each Telluride elopement is totally customized to you, I mean it. Through unlimited consultations and planning assistance, I’ll scout locations, create a custom timeline, and share packing lists and preferred vendor recommendations.
  • ONLINE GALLERY:  You receive fully edited, full-resolution photos with a sharable link and unlimited downloads.
  • MAP AND PERMIT INFORMATION: The San Juan mountains are notorious for requiring permits to elope or get married. But don’t worry: I handle the research so you’re well prepared with all the necessary information.
  • NEXT DAY TEASERS: Who want to show off the beautiful San Juan mountain elopement photos ASAP? You do! So you’ll receive next-day teasers to throw up on the gram for all your friends to see how cool you are.

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WHERE CAN I ELOPE IN THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS?

Look, I’m not going to beat around the bush. The San Juan mountains are every adventure junkie’s dream. This mining area turned adventure hot-spot attracts every type of outdoor enthusiasts. The peaks are massive, the lakes are turquoise, and you won’t find better off-roading or backpacking than these parts. This area has it all!

So, how do you settle on one idea without feeling you’re missing out on something better? I’m here to match you with the perfect Telluride Elopment spot because it’s all about putting awesome couples in epic locations for their big day! Every couple is unique, so I customize each San Juan mountain elopement and craft your entire experience based on YOUR relationship!

This area has infinite options and is great for every type of couple! Keep reading below to check out my favorite Telluride elopement locations!


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OFF ROAD ROUTE

You can’t find better 4×4 roads in the country than in the San Juan Mountains range. Bold claim? I don’t think so. Many of the roads were created back in the gold mining days, and the ride in is an adventure in itself. This is an amazingly fun option for your San Juan mountain elopement.

The San Juan Mountains are especially interesting because of its varied topography. This range was formed when a volcano collapsed and then was pushed back up and carved out by glaciers in the ice age. You can encounter sheer black granite walls that go straight up, red iron hills, and green rolling mountain peaks from one range to another. It’s crazy! And if we do multiple locations, it can look like we were in totally different areas.

You have to be cool with a bumpy ride up and being super flexible about the weather, but man, the photos you can get on this adventure are killer! And who doesn’t want epic views for their San Juan mountain elopement?

  • ELEVATION: 13,000′ +
  • PRO TIP: Hire a professional driver that is familiar with the area routes.
  • MUST DO: Be sure to explore Black Bear Pass. Just don’t look down!

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OURAY

This little San Juan mountain town is known as American’s Switzerland. Ouray elopements are an excellent choice if you want picturesque views, hot springs, great food, and nearby lodging for your guests. There are many, many places to hike to find the right place to get married. If you’re into ghost towns, there’s one nearby accessible by 4WD! Ouray elopements are super easy and practical for any couple and proves tons of opportunities for outdoor fun!

It’s also a great place to find and because it’s central to the San Juan Skyway, which will take you across the four passes to Silverton, Durango, Cortez, and Telluride. This drive is one of the most amazing in the US, not that I am biased! Ouray elopements are also great for couples looking to hit the roads as the area is surrounded by a number of famous and beautiful alpine loops. Cap off your Ouray elopement at a local brewery or hot spring. You can thank me later!

  • ELEVATION: 7,792′
  • PRO TIP: The best nude hot springs in the area is Orvis. Do with that as you will!
  • MUST DO: Don’t forget to explore the nearby Million Dollar Highway for sunset!

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SILVERTON

They say, “there’s gold in them their hills,” but what we can tell you for sure is that this little mining town has some of the most spectacular views of the San Juans around. The unique geography here means that you can get both vast wildflower fields and 9,300 feet soaring peaks in your photos. However, the elevation in this area is no joke and aint for the faint of heart. Keep in mind that Silverton is full of Type 3 fun!


Getting to Silverton is an adventure in itself; it’s a 24-mile scenic drive north of Durango. It’s a little more remote and rugged, and other than some gold mine tours, most of what there is to do in Silverton is to take advantage of the 8 different hiking trails and gorgeous lake basins. Tons of photo ops! This also might get my vote for the truest old school town in the San Juan mountains.

  • ELEVATION: 9,318′
  • PRO TIP: Some of the best free dispersed camping in the San Juan Mountains is right outside Silverton.
  • MUST DO: Catch a scenic train ride on the Durango and Silverton scenic railroad.

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BRIDAL VEIL FALLS

A popular but really awesome spot to elope in Telluride is Bridal Veil Falls. It’s about a 2-mile hike, but not a rough one. With 365 continuous feet of waterfalls, you can imagine this place is a spectacular spot to get married. 

If you want to go to the top, it can be accessed by road, and a good 4WD or Jeep will do the job up the switchbacked roads. Once on top, the views are incredible, especially in the fall. Doing photos at the top for sunrise and then coming down to the falls is a great way to get the best of all worlds, photographically speaking! Need some inspiration?

  • ELEVATION: 10,279′
  • PRO TIP: Be sure to arrive early. Bridal Veil falls is one of the most popular attractions in the Telluride area.
  • MUST DO: Hike to the top of Bridal Veil and get an awesome expansive view of Telluride from above.

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ALTA LAKE OBSERVATORY

Why not combine your San Juan elopement with one of the coolest lodging experiences in the Telluride area? This private cabin is tucked away from the crowds and is nestled below some of Tellurides popular ski runs. The observatory sits right above 11,000′ feet and has it’s own private lake for you to explore via canoe! Alta Lake Observatory does an amazing job of combining the uniqueness of the San Juan Mountains with a luxury and old twist at a private cabin for you to share with your loved ones or by yourselves. You can’t go wrong booking this spot for your San Juan elopement!

  • ELEVATION: 11,300′
  • PRO TIP: Book the Alta Lake Observatory online and enjoy your stay!
  • MUST DO: Use the canoe provided at the observatory for a nice sunset cap!

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ALPINE LAKE

If you love the idea of getting married near a crazy bluer-than-you-can-imagine-lake, the San Juan mountains is where it’s at! We can even plan to do it at sunrise or sunset to take advantage of the soft, pink light called alpenglow.

I love the lakes because who doesn’t want both water and majestic mountains in your photos? These lakes are more than just pretty and placid; they are working lakes! While you are here, take advantage of the opportunities to fish, boat or swim and tube on the lakes.

PRO TIP: Cap off your San Juan mountain elopement with a paddle board session on an alpine lake!


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WHAT ARE THE BEST MONTHS TO ELOPE IN TELLURIDE?

Unless you are a big skier and like to drive long distances in the winter, then come in the summer and fall. It’s the miles of trails and meadows of wildflowers that draw couples here every summer. September and October in the San Juan mountains bring you the fall foliage on our native aspen trees. It’s like driving through your personal pumpkin spice latte, if that’s your thing. You’re not going to forget the volcanic peaks and turquoise lakes in the summer for your elopement day, that’s for sure!

Keep reading below for more tips on the best months to elope in the San Juan Mountains:

SPRING

Spring elopements in the San Juan’s can be tricky. This is generally the rest period for the locals as they recover from their busy winter season. You can have a hard time finding vendors and places to eat because these people take their vacations serious! Your best bet is to start looking at the summer months.

SUMMER

You really can’t beat summer in the San Juan mountains! The towns of Silverton, Ouray and Telluride are bustling everyday, the wild flowers are going crazy, and the Jeep trails are clear of snow. The summer months of June through August is by far my favorite time to capture San Juan Mountain elopements. The crisp alpine air and early sunrise colors recapture my heart every summer!

• FALL

Fall in the San Juan’s is something else. You’ll get your own personal slice of fall colors starting in September and ending in October. This is a super popular time of year to elope in the Telluride area, as the aspen tree’s surrounding Bridal Veil Falls line the valley walls. The fall colors in the San Juan’s are something else and makes for a great time to capture elopements.

WINTER

Telluride and Ouray in the winter is like a real life snow globe. It’s full of adventure and the peaks are out of this world. There are plenty of things to do from December-April out in the San Juan Mountain’s. You won’t be disappointed planning an elopement in places like Telluride all the way to Silverton!


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HOW DO YOU GET MARRIED IN TELLURIDE?

Did you know that Telluride has the cutest county clerk’s office? Trust me, you won’t find a better place to officially get married than the historic San Miguel County courthouse right off the main street in downtown Telluride!

These are some of the things you’ll need to know to get married in Telluride:

  • The San Miguel County Courthouse is located at 205 W. Colorado Avenue
  • The County Courthouse is open Monday-Friday – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • You must provide some sort of identifiction that shows your proof of age and identity
  • You must return your paperwork within 30 days. I suggest just dropping it on the way out of town!

Other towns that you can officially tie in the know include: Ouray, Silverton, Ridgeway and Montrose.



WHERE TO STAY IN THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS

The quality of your Telluride elopement starts with some comfy accommodations. Fortunetly, the San Juan mountains have wide variety of accommodations for you! Ranging from camping under the stars to upscale lodging, you have it all in the San Juan mountains!

I would recommend choosing your lodging based on your experience. Are you planning a solo elopement in Telluride? Or are you planning on making this a family elopement? The San Juan’s has plenty of accommodation choices in Telluride, Ouray, Silverton and even Ridgeway. Pitch a tent under Mount Sneffels, find a cozy room an historic hotel or rent a yurt on the Uncompahgre river. No matter where you crash, you’ll be surrounded by the swiss alphs of America in the San Juan mountains!

Check out some of my favorite lodging for your San Juan mountain Elopement:

  • Beaumont Hotel – The Beaumont Hotel in Ouray has that old school mountain town vibe mixed with modern luxury. You can cap off your Ouray elopement with a day at the on site spa. This the ultimate luxury stay in Ouray.
  • The Wyman hotel – The Wyman Hotel, right inside the town of Silverton, has the feel and amenities of a modern stay combined with that old Wild West feel. This is a charm and great place to stay for your Silverton elopement!
  • The Peaks Resort – If you are feeling extra boujee for your Telluride elopement, then there is no better place to call “home” than the Peaks resort. This place has it all and can really elevate your elopement in the San Juan Mountains.

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PICK YOUR ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE IN THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS!

You can pick your own adventure in the San Juan Mountains because there’s something for everyone. You can jeep up to a secluded basin or rock climb the Via Ferrata in town or hike into a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by wildflowers. It’s basically picking your own adventure out here and you can’t go wrong with any of your choices!

The most important thing is that your Telluride elopement is tailored to your vision for your day. It doesn’t matter if you are hardcore backcountry hikers or just nature enthusiasts, I can help you find just the right place in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. Get in touch, and let’s do this!


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TELLURIDE ELOPEMENT TEAM

My name is Sean, your Telluride elopement photographer, and I can’t wait to help create your San Juan Mountain 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.


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