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Everything you need to know about how to elope in Colorado, finding the best places to elope, picking the perfect time of year, and planning an epic Rocky Mountain elopement. I did the same thing, ten years ago. An elopement is an intimate wedding that keeps the focus on you as a couple, and your commitment to each other, rather than the production and traditions of a big wedding.
Some couples elope without any guests at all. Others include their very closest friends or family for a micro-wedding. And many choose a combination, by eloping alone first, then throwing a big party for everyone to celebrate at a later date. There are no rules here.
You get to decide every little part of your day, whether you want to wear hiking boots with your dress, drink your favorite microbrews instead of fancy champagne, exchange your vows in a hot air balloonor do your first dance on a mountain top to Taylor Swift playing off a bluetooth speaker. Colorado is the perfect place to elope for down to earth couples who want an adventure in the mountains. There are a couple of important reasons that make eloping in Colorado easier and more fun than anywhere else in the country!
What does it mean to self-solemnize? It means that you and your partner can legally marry yourselves in Colorado by ing your own marriagewithout an ordained officiant to lead your ceremony. Only a few states allow you to marry yourselves without an officiant, and Colorado is one of them. Pennsylvania, Washington D. Learn how to apply for a marriage from the Boulder County Recording Divisionbut keep in mind that each county has slightly different rules for applying.
What does this mean in practice?
Want to exchange your vows at an alpine lake at sunrise? You can of course still hire an officiant if you want, and many couples do — especially when having a ceremony with guests. Other counties have reopened for in-person appointments and walk-ins. Nowhere else in the United States can you drive a car up a mountain at over 11, ft of elevation — and here you can drive up to 14,ft!
And in the months of the year when we have snow at high altitude, you can still have an epic winter elopement by taking a gondola up a mountain, renting a snowmobile, or snowshoeing into the mountains. A Colorado elopement really is accessible for everybody. You might think that wedding vendors and elopement vendors are the same thing, but many traditional wedding vendors, from florists to hair and makeup artists to caterers, have high minimum spends that can only be reached with a big guest list.
This is especially important when it comes to booking your photographer. Colorado is known for unpredictable weather, so you want to work with someone who can easily come up with a plan B or C when your original location is closed due to wildfires, avalanches, or muddy trails.
There are countless beautiful locations to get married in Colorado. We are one of the best states to elope in, after all! Some locations require a rental fee or wedding permit, while others are completely open for you to go hike into the wilderness and exchange vows where you feel like it.
Trust me — you do not want to elope anywhere near Estes Park at the same time as their elk festival, or depend on driving up I early on a weekend morning during ski season. Tagging and sharing the names of specific trails is a big no-no for Leave No Trace practices, and us local photographers try to keep these places as quiet and pristine as possible so that you can enjoy the epic views without the crowds of people.
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular places to elope in Colorado, and for good reason. You can rent the amphitheater for intimate weddings with up to 50 guests, which is the best way to get private space in an otherwise busy area, even if you have no guests.
Maroon Bells is great for elopements that need the easy accessibility. You can about Maroon Bells Amphitheater weddings here. Not into crowds of tourists?
There are lots of great trails in Aspen where you can get similar views with more privacy! Check out more Breckenridge elopement locations here. Looking for mountain vibes while staying close to Denver and city comforts? Your photographer needs a commercial use permit.
If I had a do-over for my own wedding day, I would elope in Crested Butte. Telluride is another of my favorite mountain towns. The best ceremony venue for elopements with guests! Telluride is especially magical in fall when the aspen leaves are changing colors. See photos from a Garden of the Gods elopement here. Colorado has an astounding 26 different ski resortsand many of them are open to elopements in both summer and winter. Some require that you rent a ceremony venue, while others allow couples eloping without guests to just use normal lift tickets. Loveland Pass is a very popular place to elope in the Colorado mountains.
The high alpine pass is open year round, with the exception of a few days a year when avalanches close the road. You can get incredible mountain views right off the side of the road, but I highly recommend hiking along the trails to get away from all the tourists.
about Loveland Pass elopements here. Please be aware of local regulations on group size and commercial usage — you may need a special use permit depending on your situation. Vail is a mountain town and ski resort about two hours from Denver, and a popular destination for weddings and elopements.
In winter, there are lots of gondolas and ski lifts you can take up the mountains, or you can rent snowmobiles for a unique adventure elopement. Want a luxury elopement experience unlike any other? Dunton Hot Springs is as bougie as it gets here in Colorado. The expansive property has lots of beautiful hiking trails, and even a private waterfall! Horsetooth Reservoir is a large reservoir outside of Fort Collins in Northern Colorado, and can be reserved for elopement ceremonies with a special use permit from Larimer County.
Colorado elopement guide
Looking for an easy to access location in the mountains where you can elope with a few guests? This is one of the most popular recreation areas in Colorado, and best avoided on weekends. The road is only open from June until mid-October, but you can also hike there in winter.
The glacier means you can get snowy photos even in summer!
Great Sand Dunes is one of the coolest places in Colorado, and the perfect location for a more adventurous elopement. The combination of never-ending sand dunes and tall mountain peaks is pretty spectacular.
GSD also requires a wedding permit. You do need a permit to elope here. No, these are not the only places to elope in Colorado. And yes, there are more remote, more beautiful, and more unique locations to choose from. Finding the perfect location is a big part of what I help my couples with. And that starts with getting to know you, and what your dream elopement looks like, so that I can give you personalized recommendations rather than an overwhelming list of options.
And the best options are never gonna be found publicly on a website. If you want to start searching for locations on your own, make sure that you also research permits and rental fees separately, as these can be hard to find and are often buried in legalese on the local authority websites. If you live in Colorado, you already know that our weather is very unpredictable.
But couples from out-of-state who ask me about the best months to elope in Colorado are always surprised that the weather and seasons are so erratic here. If you do want wildflowers, the end of July is your best bet!
Eloping in summer will give you the most amount of locations to choose from, and the least amount of weather related stress. Want to learn more, and see a full breakdown of every month? Read my post on the best months to elope in Colorado. When couples contact me without having a date set yet, I always recommend going with a weekday elopement. Most of my couples decide that having their dream location to themselves on a Thursday morning or Monday afternoon sounds way better than fighting through crowds on a weekend.
Here are five reasons why you should consider eloping on a weekday. Driving I to the mountains from Denver is notoriously slow on weekends, both in summer and winter.
Many of the best Colorado elopement vendors are fully booked on weekends over a year in advance.