Colorado Elopement Best Mountain Locations
Table of Contents
- 1 Colorado Elopement Best Mountain Locations
- 2 SAPPHIRE POINT OVERLOOK COLORADO ELOPEMENTS
- 3 Mount Evans Colorado Elopements
- 4 Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado Elopements
- 5 Golden Colorado Elopements
- 6 Boulder Colorado Elopements
- 7 Telluride Colorado Elopements
- 8 Twin Lakes Colorado Elopements
- 9 Loveland Pass Colorado Elopements
- 10 Mount Princeton Colorado Elopements
- 11 DOWNLOAD OUR FREE ELOPEMENT PLANNING GUIDE
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Hey, I’m Emmy one of the guide and Colorado Elopement Photographers here at Searching for the Light Photography! Here I’ll share with you my 10+ years of experience exploring and documenting wedding days throughout the state of Colorado. From the stunning mountain peaks that take your breath away to the winter wonderland locations that make you want to snuggle up with your beloved.
HERE IS A SNAP SHOT OF THE COLORADO ELOPEMENT LOCATIONS:
Colorado is such a diverse beautiful state, we have 14,000 ft mountains, desert sand dunes, red rocks, alpine lakes, rivers, hot springs, cute little mountain towns and a bustling cities. I think the only thing we don’t truly have is the ocean, but we do have a few alpine lakes and reservoirs that can help all you water lovers enjoy that aspect as well. Not only that, but we have, on average, 300 days of sunshine per yer! Okay, that may include days that have a random rain storm for two seconds, but it usually just means we see the sun that many days per year, which is amazing!
Hey, I’m Emmy, your guide and one of the Colorado elopement photographers here at Searching for the Light Photography! With my partner photographer Brittany we absolutely adore helping couples find the most amazing locations to get married in the state of Colorado as well as helping them create an unforgettable wedding day experience while documenting every moment to relieve again and again!
When people know they want to have a Colorado elopement, have a small wedding, get married or plan an adventurous photo shoot here in Colorado, it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to begin to narrow down locations. Most everyone thinks rocky mountain national park, but let’s be real friends, its crowded and Colorado has so many epic locations outside of the park.
That being said, Rocky Mountain National park is freaking gorgeous and we do love photographing elopements there too. But I’d love to broaden your horizons and share with you a handful of my favorite “Best of Colorado” locations. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but includes some of my personal favorites as a wedding photographer of 10 years here in Colorado. Some places are only accessible during certain seasons, so keep that in mind when looking through this list!
The bonus element is that all of these locations are accessible even if you’re not a hardcore hiker, meaning they are less than a mile walk or hike from a parking area to the location itself. So, if you’re planning even an adventurous Colorado elopement or small wedding with someone who cannot hike many miles or who is subject to the very real hindrance of altitude sickness, these are great ideas!
And if you’re looking for a Colorado elopement photographer, we are your gals!
Since this Colorado elopement list isn’t exhausted I’ve created three other blog posts that can give you more ideas. This post is specifically centered around mountain locations. But if you’re a water, desert or winter lover I have these blog posts below to help you find the perfect place for you!.
This blog post will focus on the Mountain locations that feature sweeping views, mountain vistas, or immersion in beautiful evergreen or aspen trees!
SAPPHIRE POINT OVERLOOK COLORADO ELOPEMENTS
Summit County of Colorado is a very iconic ski area and one of the must bustling areas in the mountains of Colorado. It is one of my personal favorite locations for Colorado elopements because it has so many features from alpine lakes where you can go sailing (yep sailing in Colorado) SUP and many other fun water activities, but also because of this beautiful ceremony location.
Distance from Denver, Colorado: 1.5-2 hours depending on traffic on I-70
Sapphire Point has breath taking views of the Breckenridge and Summit County area. Its a small walk from the trail parking lot, less than a quarter of a mile that is easily accessible by anyone with any hiking skill levels. It has a designated ceremony circle that is perfect for sitting out a small amount of chairs or having your family/friends gather around you. Its near some beautiful places so you can easily have your ceremony there and then drive 15-30 minutes around the area to some different epic locations.
Its is a beautiful location no matter the season which is a hard find especially in the winter months of Colorado.
Reservations for this wedding ceremony location can only be made six months in advanced.
Visit Recreation.gov to reserve your wedding at Sapphire Point.
Want to know more about how to have a Sapphire Point Small Wedding or Elopement? Check out our complete guide!
Mount Evans Colorado Elopements
I LOVE the Mount Evans area. Not only because it’s one of the national parks that many Colorado visitors don’t know about. Yes, Rocky Mountain National Park is amazing, but it is often SO busy and crowded. Mount Evans is a bit of a hidden gem in Colorado and is one of my personal favorites.
Distance from Denver, Colorado: 1.5 hours
Near the entrance of the national park are a few of our favorite hidden spots we like to share with couples once they book with us! Full of epic views of the surround peaks, evergreen trees that have magical evening light making you feel like you stepped into a story book and non of the crazy crowds.
Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado Elopements
While Rocky Mountain National Park is crowded it is because its just unbelievably beautiful. It is a very popular spot to have a Colorado elopement with a handful of things you should know about it before you do elope there.
Distance from Denver, Colorado: 2 hours
I cannot write this blog post with out including Rocky Mountain National Parks! One of the most iconic places in Colorado and rightfully so, it is a place unlike any other. Its so popular its the second most popular national park outside the Grand Canyon! Can you believe it?!
Even though its busy it truly is a magical place for sure. I would recommend having your Colorado elopement here in the fall, winter or spring which is still a winter environment. Or if you’re up for an early morning adventure you can skip the crowds and catch the most breath taking views bright and early!
Despite how busy it is its just such a magical place you’ll forget the crowds and get lost in the majesty of the place.
Golden Colorado Elopements
We absolutely love Golden because its a hop and skip from Denver, so if you’re not up for driving very far from all the fun of the “big” city of Denver, Colorado then Golden may be the place for you! It has more rolling hills than the sweeping mountain views but if you come from flat lands it still is absolutely magical.
Bonus is we know about all the best kept secret spots that only locals know about! Once you hire us for your elopement we’ll help you find the right place!
Click on the photos below to see some real elopement and or sessions we’ve done in Golden!
Distance from Denver, Colorado: 30-40 minutes
There are SO many amazing diverse locations around the Golden area. Cute little river areas with bridges, LOTS of rock climbing, and many sweeping mountaintop views. It’s actually one of my favorite spots to go visit with my daughter during the summer. It’s our little mountain “beach area.” Downtown Golden is also super cute and home to Coors Brewing!
Golden is also a great place in the fall because there are great groves of aspens all around.
Boulder Colorado Elopements
Boulder is one of those locations that has so many beautiful spots and a nice venue if you want to have a nice sit down dinner after. Boulder has sweeping vistas, pine trees and the beautiful Flat Irons. It is a quirky fun town too!
Distance from Denver, Colorado: 1-1.5 hours
Boulder, like Golden, has so many amazing locations, again with cool streams, sweeping mountain vistas and more. Additionally, Boulder is such a fun town to hang in, although it is a lot more touristy and busy so its not my suggested place if you want something super intimate.
Telluride Colorado Elopements
While its not super close to Denver it is one of my favorite places in Colorado. The whole San Juan mountain range is an area of Colorado that is way less touristy and just absolutely gorgeous. A place you’ll never greet visiting in your life time and definitely one that should be on your bucket list if not your elopement spot!
TELLURIDE, COLORADO OR OURAY, COLORADO
Distance from Denver, Colorado: 5-6 hours
If you want to visit some of the most breathtaking spots in Colorado, Telluride or Ouray is your spot. Waterfalls, four-wheel riding, kayaking, white water river rafting, hot springs, epic hikes. These places are just a gem for these activities and more! I’d LOVE to work with a couple four wheeling to one of the epic trails around Ouray!
The only downfall of these two locations is that they are somewhat difficult, or at least time-consuming, to get to. Flights into Montorose, Colorado or Durango, Colorado are the closest airports and are usually pretty expensive. Both towns are a 5/6 hour drive away from Denver, Colorado if you have the time! Which I certainly think is worth the trip. If you’re on a tighter budget, visit these places in April/May or late August/September. Keep in mind that some of the shops in town may be shut down during these times, but prices will also tend to be lower. This is commonly known as “mud season” since it’s not quite winter or summer and you’re not able to do a lot of the adventures. But if you MUST go there even just for hiking and to see the place to get married or celebrate it’s a great option.
Twin Lakes Colorado Elopements
To be hones this is one of our absolute favorite locations in Colorado because its a lot less well known and absolutely gorgeous view of mountains near an alpine lake you can actually swim in during the summer time. It also has a camp site so its perfect if you’re more adventurous and want to camp or dry RV it after you elope!
Distance from Denver, Colorado: 2.5-3 hours
Just outside of the highest town in Colorado, Leadville this gorgeous lake area is tucked away from the hustle of the city life and away from where most tourist go. Its our favorite hidden gem of Colorado! We love that you can swim here during the summer. So if you’re torn between a Colorado elopement and a beach side location look no further, Twin Lakes may just be your spot! You can see more from this elopement we did here.
Loveland Pass Colorado Elopements
Loveland Pass Elopements are one for the books near the continental divide and straddles two epic look out points. Here you’ll have panorama views unlike any other place in Colorado. You’ll have vista for days!
Distance from Denver: 1 hour
We love Loveland Pass (haha yep) because of how close it is to Denver! Its super accessible and a place you may find other tourist stopping to look out. There is a beautiful trail down the road open June-August that leads you to a gorgeous alpine lake and stunning views of the pass area. While the trail area is in Summit County you cannot exchange your vows there you can get married at the peak of the pass then head down to the trail head for some more secluded photos!
Mount Princeton Colorado Elopements
This place is another little hidden gem of Colorado. It’s actually a venue, so if you’re looking for a full wedding or small wedding you’ll want to plan in advance. But if you’re eloping or celebrating your marriage on the middle of the week this is a great spot! Mount Princeton Hot Springs is personally one of my favorite wedding venues, because of their little stream + amazing mountain views + and it’s a little off the beaten path.
Distance from Denver: 2.5 hours
If you love all inclusive resorts where you have your stay, catering and fun this is your spot. Tucked away outside of Buena Vista Colorado we love Mount Princeton Hot Springs. While its a traditional wedding venue it doesn’t mean that you cannot also have your small wedding or elopement there too! Especially if you hit them up on a week day they may have better rates and or availability!
If your’e a fan of hot springs too this is a must go to spot. Their river side pools and on site spa are awesome!
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OTHER MOUNTAIN LOCATIONS
There are so many amazing spots in Colorado! Here are a few more ideas of beautiful locations!
- Panorama Point, Colorado 30 min from Denver
- Steamboat Springs, Colorado 3hrs from Denver
- Crested Butte, Colorado 4.5hrs from Denver
- Aspen, Colorado 3.5hrs from Denver
- Marron Bells (Ok but this must be done on a week day and off season because its SO overcrowded) 3.5hrs from Denver plus bus ride in.
- Julia’s Deck 1.5hrs from Denver
- Mitchel Lake 1.5hrs from Denver
- Ward, Colorado 1.5hrs from Denver
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MOUNTAIN WEDDING, ELOPEMENT OR ANNIVERSARY PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS:
- All outdoor weddings/events still require a permit with most areas. So once you do your research of where you want to go make sure you know the rules of the area. No one wants to get a fine on their wedding or celebration day.
- Altitude sickness is a true reality at these (as we Coloradans call “14ers”) or high altitude so research it and make sure to pack the right supplies or have alternative plans.
- Weather is variable up in the mountains, but the great part of Colorado is that it could down pour for an hour and one hour later be sunshine with not a cloud in sight.
- Afternoon thunder storms are a true reality. Consider an am celebration to capture the morning alpine glow or have a plan B for the afternoon. While you can wait out rain, thunderstorms especially at high altitudes shouldn’t be mess with.
- Ready to pack your bags? Make sure you have everything you need with our Colorado Packing List