Colorado Is Full Of Beauty
Where will you choose?
There are so many places to elope in Colorado, it is really hard to choose just one! Good thing we know all the best places, the best seasons and the secret just-us spots perfect for your wedding celebration.
Keep reading to learn more about Colorado’s marriage laws, the best time of year to elope in Colorado, a list of our favorite elopement locations, and advice on choosing which location would best suit your needs. Get inspired to elope in one of our favorite places on Earth!
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Snow-capped mountain peaks, rugged 4×4 roads, endless wildflower meadows, alpine lakes so blue they take your breath away—this is Colorado, and it’s the perfect place for adventurous couples who seek a captivating and jaw-dropping elopement experience. Colorado is an ideal elopement location for folks who love epic springtime blooms or frosty winter-coated mountains. Colorado is packed with a never-ending supply of outdoor activities—perfect for couples looking for a little adventure on their just us day, but Colorado is also known for its epic vistas, accessibility, and surprisingly diverse landscapes, from desert sand dunes to snowy 14ers all within the bounds of one state. Looking for adventure? Craving beautiful scenery? Love distinctive seasons? Colorado might be the perfect place for you and your love to commit your lives to each other.
Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about eloping in this magical state. From marriage laws and legalities (extra bonus: you can self-solemnize here!) to a seasonal weather breakdown, this page has all the Colorado knowledge you need to decide if this epic and beautiful state is perfect for your wildly different wedding experience
Choosing Your Colorado Elopement Location
Choosing your elopement location is one of the most important decisions after deciding to get married. The only more important decision is your photographer! (Kidding, sort of). We have photographed and guided couples through hundreds of elopements in dozens of countries, and two of our team members live full-time in Colorado. So, you could say we know a few things about choosing the best elopement location!
Colorado is absolutely overflowing with best places to elope, no matter what kind of adventure you’re looking for. We could fill up infinite pages in endless books with all the breathtaking locations that live within Colorado, but for now, we’ll start with the best time of year to elope in Colorado.
The Best Time of Year to Elope in Colorado
Colorado has a full four seasons, and the mountain ranges that cover the state mean you can anticipate quickly-changing weather at any time of year. Depending on the kind of landscape and terrain you want, you’ll need to consider the season for accessibility & comfort. Many places in Colorado are accessible year-round, others are not. And those that are accessible through multiple seasons will have very different vibes depending on the time of year – all of these considerations will be part of the planning process as we narrow down the place for your elopement!
If you’ve never seen a Colorado fall, do yourself a favor and click here. Colorado aspen trees famously changes into magical shades of yellow and orange during the fall months. Want to see it in full swing? Head up into the mountains for a display of jaw-dropping fall colors. Color changing varies every year, but you can typically start seeing leaves change colors by mid-September through the beginning of October, depending where in the state you are.
Months: September – November
Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, aspen grove hunting
Though it technically begins at the end of March, you can anticipate winter weather lasting through April. Trails at higher elevations will likely still be snow packed through June— there’s something fun about snowshoeing in T-shirts at this time of year. Many of the high alpine passes aim to open the last weekend in May. When the snow melts in the spring, though, be ready for stunning wildflowers meadows everywhere you turn.
Months: March – June
Activities: Hiking, skiing, biking
Fresh powder, snowy sports, and all the winter wonderland magic you’ve been dreaming of. Colorado is a beautiful place to get married in the winter, especially if you’re adventurous! Be warned, though, it can get pretty chilly!
Months: November – April
Activities: Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing
Think bright, sunshiney, perfect weather for all the outdoor activites you’re dreaming of—hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, offroading, rock climbing (the list goes on and on). July and August are the warmest months in Colorado, but at high elevations it’s the most perfect temperature you could imagine!
Months: June – September
Activities: Hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, peak-bagging
Elope in Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park
Perhaps one of the first places that comes to mind when you think of Colorado. With over 265,000 acres, this vast area of wilderness has some of the most pristine views including Longs Peak (14er). There are endless hikes through here, alpine lakes, pine forests, rivers, streams and mountains for days. RMNP also had one of the longest and highest paved mountain roads in Colorado! Trail Ridge Road takes you between Estes Park and Grand Lake and is open during the summer season. It’s not uncommon to spot huge herds of elk here (especially in the Fall time during the rutting season), and even the occasional moose!
Maroon Bells / Aspen
Another iconic area in Colorado, famous for amazing sunrises amongst photographers from all over the world. “The Bells” have a unique red hue which is amplified at sunrise, and in the reflections of the lakes in front of the peaks. This area is popular for aspen trees, and just absolutely breathtaking. Though this is a popular spot, ask us how to best avoid crowds here! We have a few secret spots up our sleeves. In the winter time, this area is accessible by snow mobiles too!
At nearly 12,000 ft. in elevation, this mountain pass is accessible by 2wd vehicle year round. There are numerous trails to explore with 360 degree views. Pass Lake is another beautiful spot along this road that is accessible in the summer and fall.
San Juan Mountains
Some of our very favorite mountains in Colorado! Think Switzerland— super unique & jagged peaks! This area is AMAZING for hiking and off-roading! Truly, you could spend months exploring this area and still not get enough. The alpine lakes in this area have the bluest water in all of Colorado!
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Great Sand Dunes is a truly wild place– a heap of insanely tall mounds of sand right smack in the middle of snow capped mountains. There is no place else like it. You can run/slide down them, go sandboarding, even set up camp in the middle of them and stargaze. This is the perfect destination for those looking for a secluded, relaxing experience. There are great areas nearby for camping, and lots of eclectic home rentals in the nearby town of Crestone. Added bonus: there are nearby hot springs!
Colorado National Monument
All the Utah-desert feels but in Colorado! This little spot is often overlooked by other tourists, making it the perfect place to find your own spot to say your vows amongst the rocky cliff overlooks. Imagine all the warm desert colors, with epic mountains nearby.
Garden of the Gods
Another iconic, yet super unique area in Colorado. GOG is known for it’s towering red sandstone rock formations. There are beautiful trails you can hike through here, and numerous wedding ceremony locations like Sentinel Plaza, Three Graces Plaza, and Jaycee Plaza.
A beautiful overlook in Summit County that is a perfect spot for an elopement or intimate wedding. Sapphire Point sits above the Dillon Reservoir and is accessible year round. It’s about a 3 minute flat walk from the parking area, so it’s great if you have elderly guests attending. There are many hiking trails nearby, and some really fun mountain towns. This location is handicap accessible and a great option for an intimate wedding with guests that might not want to hike a mountain. 😉 Fun fact: this is where Tori got married!
Lost Gulch Overlook
A popular area for sunset. This easily accessible area is full of boulders that you can sit on the edge of and overlook all of Boulder’s foothills— it sort of looks and feels like a cliff edge. This overlook is located up Flagstaff Mountain, and there are tons of nearby trail options. If you drive up here during dusk or dawn, you’ll likely be able to spot some mule deer!
Located in Boulder Colorado, Chautauqua park has perfect views of the iconic Flatirons—five majestic rock formations at the base of the foothills. There are many hikes stemming from this park, and you can even continue driving up the hill to Flagstaff Mountain for even more amazing views and trailheads.
A great little outdoor “venue” overlooking Boulder, Colorado, especially if you will be bringing guests along to your intimate wedding! To access this beautiful overlook, you take the winding drive up Flagstaff Mountain. This area is handicap accessible and just a short walk from the parking area. You can reserve this ceremony site through Boulder County.
Mt. Evans is a mountain peak over 14,000 feet in elevation that you can hike OR DRIVE to the top of. If you love 360 endless mountain views, this is your spot. Along the drive you will also pass by a few lakes, ancient bristlecone pine trees, and it’s very likely you’ll bump into some mountain goats near the summit! Mt. Evans is accessible by vehicle between late-May and early-September.
This beautiful lake is located near Nederland, Colorado. There are numerous trails stemming from this area, trails that weave through pine forests, to various lakes. This is also a popular area to spot moose!
Not only is this area great in the winter for skiing, but there’s so much hiking and mountain bike trails in the Spring, Summer, and Fall as well! We also love this town for their amazing restaurants, shopping, laid-back feel, and abundance of fun rental properties. There is something for everyone here, making it a great destination for both intimate weddings and 2 person elopement getaways.
Dunton Hot Springs
Okay! If you’re looking for a more luxurious, yet still still rustic and stunning area to stay or get married–this is your spot! Just imagine yourself waking up, popping into your private hot spring outside of your cabin, and just taking in the mountain views and fresh air. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Another one of Colorado’s most stunning mountain towns, perfect for the outdoor enthusiast and popular among athletes. In CB you can find tons of amazing aspen groves, wildflowers galore, and beautiful snow capped mountains. This area is popular for skiing, mountain biking, and hiking. It also offers some top-notch restaurants and has free shuttle buses to get you around town. We love this mountain town, and everything it’s about!
Black Canyon of Gunnison NP
Probably one of the most underrated parks/areas in all of Colorado. This steep gorge seems to come out of nowhere! In one day you can be at the top overlooking the edge, and make your way down to the bottom and look up for a totally different perspective.
Curecanti National Recreation Area
Located in Western Colorado, this jaw-dropping + unique scenic area is a great option for couples who are interested in getting out on the water for their wedding day, or posting up on the shore and taking in the beautiful views. There’s great camping and fishing in this area! Fun fact: Recently there were dinosaur bones discovered here.
Vail is known for its massive ski resort, but this area has so much more to offer than that year round! Vail is perfect for a snowmobile themed elopement–It’s a ridiculously fun idea for winter elopements! You can zip through the mountains and pick a totally unique location for your ceremony. Fun will be had by all on these machines.
This beautiful mountain town is amazing to visit year round! From skiing and snowboarding at Telluride Resort in the winter, to hiking and off-roading in the summer. They also have their gondolas running year round which is a great way to get guests up to the top of the mountain for your intimate wedding. Nearby are some incredible lakes, a Via-Ferrata (if you’re looking for an activity that will get your adrenaline pumping), waterfalls, and some of the craziest 4×4 roads Colorado has to offer. We LOVE the mountains out here, and are so inspired by this area. We think you will be too. Telluride tends to be a more upscale mountain town, but nearby is Ouray which has a more laid-back mining town feel if that’s more your style.
Located near Fort Collins (a wonderful town filled with delicious restaurants, bars, fun shops, and *so many* breweries)! This large recreational reservoir has beautiful red rocks, stunning ridges and overlooks, and lots of campsites. Nearby is Horsetooth Rock– a great hike! Rocky Mountain National Park is only about a 1 hour drive from here too, so it’s a great stop for a multi-location elopement day. Since Horsetooth Reservoir is at a lower elevation, there is typically a lot less snow during the winter months than you would see up at higher elevations. July + August are the hottest months here, but a perfect time to get out on the water too.
Eloping In Colorado
MARRIAGE LAWS & LEGALITIES
There’s so much to love about eloping in Colorado—especially how easy it is to get married here. Because every state (and country) has different rules about getting married, it’s helpful to know before you decide on your location! Here are a few must-know details about eloping in this gorgeous, wild state.
No witnesses or officiants needed.
Nope! You’re not misinterpreting us, self solemnization is exactly what it sounds like. In Colorado, you’re legally allowed to marry yourselves! That means you don’t need a witness, you don’t need an officiant—all you need is you, your partner, and your marriage license!
According to Colorado State Law, couples are legally allowed to officiate and act as their own witnesses for their wedding or elopement ceremonies. The best part? It’s all legal! All your responsible for is acquiring, completing, and returning the license to the appropriate county office of the clerk and recorder.
Want to be legally married on your elopement day in the wilderness in Colorado? Don’t stress about finding an officiant or witnesses—you don’t need ‘em. Sign as your own witnesses and your own officiant, have your friends do it, or have your pup sign with their pawprints (couples do it, you guys, and it rules!)
Have questions? Don’t sweat it.
We know this process can be confusing—that’s why we wrote up a how to elope database (here!) to help you navigate the ins and outs of elopement logistics.
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You can Download The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Elopement to begin digging deep into your own goals for your wedding celebration, or contact us so we can help you narrow down your options!
If you’re looking for further information on elopements, check out this blog all about the cost of elopements & how you can budget for an epic day!
Or, check out this blog full of small wedding ideas!
We firmly believe you deserve to celebrate your marriage in whatever way feels perfectly you – maybe you’ve found inspiration here that’s pointed you in the right direction, or maybe you vision something else entirely!
Whatever your goals, reach out! We can’t wait to hear all about your dream elopement adventure!