• Cassandra Vagher

The Best Places to Elope In Colorado - Updated for 2021

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

Where should you elope in Colorado? There are TONS of options. I handpicked locations that I love that are easily accessible (maybe with a drive) and made epic images. If these don't suit your needs, don't fret I'm always happy to scout out an elopement location that fits your dreams and build an excellent experience!

The Best Places to Elope in Colorado

1. Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement

Where in the park? EVERYWHERE. Everywhere you turn, you'll see photo opportunity. However, there are designated areas that vows can be exchanged, and a permit is needed. Located an hour and a half northwest of Denver, the national park is a popular tourist location that you could get lost in for days (but don't actually get lost). It has everything from epic mountain tundra views, lakes, forested areas, open valleys, creeks, and more. Permits to exchange vows are $250.

Are you planning to stay the night? There are adorable bed and breakfasts in Estes Park.

Check out Dream Lake in RMNP, The Lost Mirmaid blog lists this as one of the 10 best day hikes near Denver, and I could agree with her more!

I actually have a complete guide to eloping at Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. It helps you with all of the details you need! Want more RMNP inspiration? Check out this dreamy photo shoot of Janisse at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

2. Crested Butte Elopement

If you decide to elope in Crested Butte you have to do so in July! The wildflowers are absolutely insane at that time of year, and the landscapes are crazy green. While I recommend having a summer elopement there if you're an avid skier you may pick winter instead. The above photo is from one of my favorite ceremony sites, the Crested Butte Mountain Wedding Garden.

3. Sapphire Point Elopement

If you're looking for an elopement or intimate wedding location that can host a small group of people without a hike, I love Sapphire Point. This adorable location overlooks Dillion Reservoir, with mountain views, nearby trees, and a short drive to the "beach' of the reservoir. Sunset is EPIC at this location, and I highly recommend scheduling your photos during golden hour at this location. Most of my clients with families joining them appreciate this location because it's just a short drive to Breckenridge, Keystone, Dillion, and Silverthorne is meaning plenty of options for lodging and a nice dinner. If you want to use the location, it has to be reserved for $110. Check out my full guide on how to elope at Sapphire Point.

***Pro tip: if you plan to have a winter elopement at Sapphire Point, make sure you bring crampons for your shoes, the trail is short but it becomes slick!

4. Lost Gulch Overlook - Boulder Elopement

I love Lost Gulch Lookout! It's a cool rocky area with a stunning view of the mountains, that pairs well with golden hour. This accessible boulder location is easy to get to with epic mountain views. However, it is busy at sunset, so I highly recommend getting up early (bummer) and opting for a sunrise elopement instead. You'll have the place all to yourself! There are a handful of other locations great for photos as you drive back down the mountain.

Check out my complete guide for eloping at Lost Gulch Overlook here.

5. Chautauqua Park Elopement - Boulder Elopement

In all reality, you could do Lost Gulch and Chautauqua Park at the same time (I suggest doing both if you do one). The flatirons make this scene instantly recognizable but they're still stunning. This is a highly trafficked trail, so I don't recommend saying your vows here, but do stop for pictures!

6. Sunrise Amphitheater - Boulder Elopement

Sunrise Amphitheater is the ideal Boulder location for a planned elopement. While you might not use all the built-in seating. You will get awesome views of the city of Boulder and the valley. I recommend utilizing this spot during golden hour for the best lighting. Note, this location must be reserved.