• Cassandra Vagher

How to Elope at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder, Colorado



Congrats! You're planning an intimate wedding or elopement! If you're looking for a location near the Denver Metro area with scenic mountain views and easy access, Lost Gulch Overlook might be the right place for you. This picturesque location is excellent for those who are looking for an option that is quick, fuss-free, and beautiful. Here's my complete guide to eloping at Lost Gulch Lookout:

Table of Contents

Pro's and Con's of Eloping at Lost Gulch

Where is Lost Gulch Overlook?

Do You Need A Wedding Permit?

Designated Facilities for Weddings on Flagstaff Mountain

When is the Best Time of Year to Elope at Lost Gulch Overlook?

When is the Best Time of Day to have Elope at Lost Gulch Overlook?

Should You Have Your Elopement Here if You're Afraid of Heights?

Lost Gulch Elopement Ideas and Activities

Other Gorgeous Photo Opportunities Nearby

Pro Tips for Eloping at Lost Gulch Overlook

Do you need an officiant for your Lost Gulch Elopement?

Lost Gulch Overlook Elopement Photographer

Other Places to Elope in Colorado

How to Write Your Vows


Pro's to Eloping at Lost Gulch Overlook:

  • Easy access.

  • Close to Denver.

  • It offers scenic views.

  • It also provides forested areas.

  • No Hiking Required.

Con's to Eloping at Lost Gulch Overlook:

  • It's a hectic area year-round; there's little to no seclusion.

  • Ceremonies need wedding permits through OSMP and in designated areas.



Where is Lost Gulch Overlook:

Lost Gulch Lookout is in Boulder, on Flagstaff Mountain. Note that parking is packed during the evenings, and you also need to pay for parking.

Do You Need A Wedding Permit at Lost Gulch?

Yes, you need a permit for any wedding or elopement ceremony in Boulder County to reserve the space. Ceremonies have to happen at designated places on OSMP lands. Even if you're not exchanging your vows there and solely want your elopement photos taken there, your photographer will need a photographer permit. For more information on wedding permits, visit OSMP.

Designated Facilities for Weddings on Flagstaff Mountain:


To have your elopement ceremony, you'll want to reserve one of the following:

Sunrise Amphitheater

Stone Shelter

Wood Shelter

Halfway House

Bluebell Shelter

Green Mountain Lodge

You can learn more about each facility here.



When is the Best Time of Year to Elope at Lost Gulch Overlook?

You can elope here year-round; however, if you're doing so during winter, I recommending wearing microspikes because the terrain can be very slick! If you're looking for epic fall foliage, this location doesn't offer much, but it's still beautiful year around.


When is the Best Time of Day to have Elope at Lost Gulch Overlook?

The best time of day is sunrise! Sorry, this is a college town, and Lost Gulch is easy to access year-round. If you elope there during the evening, you run the risk of having four dozen college students and other people having their photos taken in your pictures' background. I recommend planning your elopement here during the morning for the best seclusion. During the mornings you can have the entire place to yourself!


Should You Have Your Elopement Here if You're Afraid of Heights?

The short answer is no. While I feel safe here, I've had clients who cannot calm their nerves because they're so afraid of heights. Don't make yourself or your significant other miserable during the most important day of your life! There are other incredible spots in Boulder and Flagstaff Mountain that don't have cliffs or rocky terrain.


Pro Tips for Eloping at Lost Gulch Overlook:

Here's what I've learned photographing other couples elopements at this location:

  1. Wear hiking shoes or spikes until you're at the ideal spot for photos. This terrain can be tricky, and it's not the best spot for high heels. Pop them on once your where you want to be for your photos.

  2. If your dog is like mine, this isn't a great spot to include them in your photos. Some dogs are afraid of heights. If you want to include your dog in your elopement photos, opt for a few pictures at Chautauqua Park. Check out my complete guide for having your dog join your elopement or intimate wedding here.

  3. I always try to arrive here a few minutes ahead of time because parking can be an issue, especially if you're trying to time things for sunset.


Lost Gulch Elopement Ideas and Activities:

  1. Have a picnic at Lost Gulch or nearby!

  2. Go on a short hike on Flagstaff Mountain. My personal favorite is Royal Arch Trail.


Other Gorgeous Photo Opportunities Nearby:

If you want to extend your adventure or photo time with your photographer, consider going to the following nearby locations:




Chautauqua Park

If you want excellent views of the Flatirons, this is the most popular location for them. It's at the base of the mountain.



Sunrise Amphitheater:

If the venue isn't reserved for another wedding party, I suggest snagging a few photos here.


Royal Arch

I haven't seen very many elopement photos taken at the royal arch! So if you're up for the hike 4 miles out and back hike, I suggest it.

Boulder Falls

Want a waterfall in your elopement photos? Boulder Falls isn't as close to Lost Gulch Lookout, and it's not even on Flagstaff Mountain, but if you can work it into your elopement day, it's also a cute view. Bonus points, it's not an extensive hike!


Do you need an officiant for your Lost Gulch Elopement?

The best part about eloping in Colorado is that you can Self-Solemnize! No officiant is needed. It's completely legal here. Of course, you can always hire one, but I think this helps keep your intimate wedding or elopement small.




Lost Gulch Overlook Elopement Photographer

Well, hey there! I'm Cassandra Vagher, Colorado Elopement photographer. I've been photographing, elopements, intimate weddings, and engagements at Lost Gulch Overlook and in Boulder for years! It's one of my favorite places if you're looking for a spot close to Denver.

Book your elopement here.


Other Places to Elope in Colorado

Maybe this blog post helped you decide that Lost Gulch Lookout isn't the right place for your elopement; that's fine! I have tons of guides for places to elope! Check out the best places to elope in Colorado here.


Want my places to elope workbook to help you plan your elopement? Perfect! Download it for free here!



How to Write Your Vows

Need help writing your vows? I've got your back. Check out my guidebook to writing tear-worthy vows. It's a step-by-step process that works - I know this because I wrote it, and I've had a philosopher with a Ph.D. and two writers with an MFA and Ph.D. go over it! That means it's tested and reliable!


Download the free Vow Workbook here!




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