• Cassandra Vagher

How to Elope at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder, Colorado


How to Elope at Lost Gulch Overlook 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:

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