| March 14, 2022

Estes Park Wedding Venues

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The closest town to Rocky Mountain National Park is Estes Park and most visitors enter through Estes Park. This vibrant mountain town is vignetted by the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and is free to visit and enjoy year-round. The downtown is lined with local merchants, whereas the surrounding streets are lined with pine trees and grazing elk. Oftentimes you’ll find people are either fueling up for an adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park next door or relaxing after exploring the park all day. 

WHY YOU SHOULD ELOPE NEAR ESTES PARK

The ease of access to one of the most popular National Parks in the country simply cannot be beat. We love Rocky Mountain National Park elopements because of the stunning mountain scenery that surrounds most of the ceremony sites and the easy access to beautiful lakes and water features. It is a quintessentially “Colorado” place to elope.

Staying in Estes Park for your elopement means you can relax in beautiful lodging and patron local boutiques and restaurants—while some of the most incredible lakes, hiking trails, and views in the state are merely minutes away.

ESTES PARK WEDDING VENUES

Whether you’re looking to have a ‘just us’ elopement or include your favorite people in the world on your wedding day—there are numerous breathtaking locations in Rocky Mountain National Park to choose from. Yes, we are biased, but we figured we’d at least put that bias to good work by sharing our favorite ceremony locations near Estes Park!

3M CURVE OR LONGS PEAK VIEWPOINT

3M Curve in RMNP is a little over three miles from the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, which is the park headquarters. It’s a stunning ceremony site with a large rock outcrop and views of both high mountains and grassy meadows. There’s not a lot of parking available (only 3 vehicles can be there at a time) so plan to carpool!

This is your perfect site if…

  • you’re looking for an easily accessible spot
  • you want the quintessential “RMNP” experience with mountains and meadows

Photos from Adventure Elopements at 3M Curve in Rocky Mountain National Park

ALLUVIAL FAN BRIDGE

The Alluvial Fan Bridge ceremony site in Rocky Mountain National Park is about 7 miles from the main headquarters of the park, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. It’s very busy during the summer months and is a popular part of the park but it’s easy to see why. The Roaring River snakes through the site with large boulders, a waterfall, and a wooden footbridge. A bonus of this ceremony site is it’s restrooms nearby.

This is your perfect site if…

  • you want to be near a river
  • you want a waterfall
  • you want a bridge

BEAR LAKE NATURE TRAIL

Bear Lake Nature Trail is a beautiful spot for an elopement ceremony. It sits right on Bear Lake, surrounded by aspen trees and with beautiful mountain views of the Colorado Rockies. It’s busy year-round and no weddings are permitted on weekends at any time or from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend until Columbus Day in early October.

This is your perfect site if…

  • you want to be near a lake
  • you want lots of aspen trees

COPELAND LAKE IN WILD BASIN

The Copeland Lake wedding ceremony site boasts mountain views from the lake as well as a forested area nearby. There are also restrooms at this site! The entrance is the Wild Basin Entrance Station off Highway 7, north of Allenspark. Only ten vehicles are permitted from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend in May through Columbus Day in early October.

This is your perfect site if…

  • you want a large space with room for lots of guests at your elopement
  • you want mountain views and a forest

HARBISON MEADOW PICNIC AREA

Harbison Meadow is on the west side of the park near the Kawuneeche Visitor’s Center and the Grand Lake Entrance Station. It’s a large meadow with a lot of wildlife and beautiful mountain views since it’s adjacent to Trail Ridge Road. There is a limit of ten vehicles from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend in May until Columbus Day in early October.

This is your perfect site if…

  • you want a higher chance of seeing wildlife
  • you want to drive over Trail Ridge Road after your elopement

HIDDEN VALLEY

Hidden Valley is part of a picnic area. While your ceremony can’t occupy picnic sites, you can take advantage of beautiful forests of aspens and pines as well as wildflowers in the summer. Hidden Valley is wheelchair accessible and has restrooms, making it an easy choice if you’re having guests at your elopement. Be sure to call to check for availability at this one!

This is your perfect site if…

  • you want forests nearby of aspen and pine trees
  • you want a wheelchair-accessible elopement ceremony location
  • you want easy access to restrooms

LILY LAKE DOCK

Lily Lake Dock is off of Hwy 7 about 6 miles from the Beaver Meadows Visitor’s Center, the main headquarters of Rocky Mountain National Park. Lily Lake Dock sits on the edge of a lake as the name suggests with 360° mountain views. There are also restrooms and a wheelchair-accessible trail nearby. Since the space gets crowded, there is a vehicle limit of 10 from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day.

This is your perfect site if…

  • you want 360° mountain views
  • you want to be close to water
  • you want easy access to restrooms
  • you want a wheelchair-accessible elopement location

LILY LAKE TRAIL AND LILY LAKE SOUTHSIDE PICNIC AREA

Lily Lake Trail and the Lily Lake Southside Picnic Area are close to Lily Lake Dock. The wheelchair-accessible trail is 7.25 miles with mountain views. Climbing the knoll will give you a beautiful lake overlook and lots of aspen trees. You’ll need access to drive a vehicle or two to the site, which also costs a $50 fee. The site is very popular so a vehicle limit of 10 applies from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day.

This is your perfect site if…

  • you want variety in your photos and you’re not afraid to climb a little to get it
  • you want a wheelchair-accessible elopement location
  • you want to be close to water

MORAINE PARK VISITOR CENTER AMPHITHEATER

The Moraine Park Visitor Center Amphitheater is a short distance from the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on Bear Lake Road. The amphitheater is rustic with wooden benches, but has lots of pine trees surrounding it as well as a view of Moraine Park and Longs Peak. Since the space is popular, there is a limit of 10 vehicles and 60 guests from the Friday before Memorial Day until Columbus Day in early October.

This is your perfect site if…

  • you want something close to the park headquarters
  • you want built-in seating
  • you want pine trees

SPRAGUE LAKE

The Sprague Lake ceremony site in Rocky Mountain National Park has dramatic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. It also boasts a dock, knoll for a higher vantage point and a wooden footbridge. There are restrooms nearby as well as picnic areas but an elopement cannot occupy the picnic sites. Sprauge Lake is popular and very busy and there is a ceremony size and vehicle limit from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend in early May until early October after Columbus Day.

This is your perfect site if…

  • you want to be near water
  • you want easy access to restrooms
  • you want a variety of photos

TIMBER CREEK CAMPGROUND AMPHITHEATER

Located on the west side of the park, Timber Creek Campground Amphitheater is near the entrance of Trail Ridge Road. There are partial views of the Colorado River and a large campground nearby. This site is wheelchair accessible but is popular and has limited parking.

This is your perfect site if…

  • you want to drive over Trail Ridge Road after your elopement
  • you want a wheelchair-accessible elopement location
  • you want to be near a campground

UPPER BEAVER MEADOWS

Upper Beaver Meadows is very close to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, only about a mile up the road. This ceremony spot is part of a large open meadow and has great views of the Continental Divide. There are also restrooms nearby. Unfortunately, there is no vehicle access in the winter.

This is your perfect site if…

  • you want to be close to the park’s main headquarters
  • you want a large open meadow
  • you want easy access to restrooms
  • you’re eloping in the summer or don’t need a vehicle in the winter

To learn more about these locations check out the listing on Rocky Mountain National Park’s website. For more details about getting married in Rocky Mountain National Park, check out our blog on How to Plan a Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement where we discuss everything from permits, restrictions, and FAQ. 

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