The Best Places to Elope In Boulder County, Colorado
Fourth of July Trailhead
Tucked away in mountains West of Nederland & Eldora, the Fourth of July Road/Trailhead provides some of the best high elevation alpine views in all of Colorado. This trailhead has so much to offer for those looking to elope in a peaceful mountain setting, as you can have multiple looks in the midst of wooded areas featuring Blue Spruce & Douglas Fur trees, before hiking to higher elevations that feature alpine lake & multiple waterfall views.
Due to its seasonal accessibility, the Fourth of July Trailhead is perfect for adventure seekers looking to elope in a more remote setting that requires a hike to get to their final destination.
Located just a few miles west of Ward, Brainard Lake is known as the ideal place to catch a sunrise and see one of the many Moose that roam the foothills. Perfect for sunrise elopements and intimate weddings, the recreation area has many different features to choose from. With the base of Long Lake being less than a quarter-mile from the nearest parking lot, it’s the most easily accessible location for an alpine lake event.
For those looking for a bit more of a hike, Lake Isabelle is within a two-miles, featuring more high elevation terrain & alpine views, while Mitchell & Blue Lake can also be easily accessed farther to the north.
Bald & Sugarloaf Mountain
West Boulder, Colorado
These two mountains are only 11 miles from downtown Boulder, and easily some the most accessible 360-degree views on the front range. Located in the middle of the foothills, both peaks produce a golden hour for the ages and feature a full view of snow-capped peaks in the near distance. Each has a unique peak, as Sugarloaf sports a more rocky, rugged terrain, while Bald has a grassy top with a small patch of Aspens.
Each peak is easily accessible by vehicle and requires only a half-mile hike to reach the peak of Sugarloaf, while Bald Mountain is accessed by a short drive down the Switzerland Trail, followed by a .75 mile hike to reach the final destination.
Wild Basin Trailhead
Rocky Mountain National Park South Entrance
While commonly overlooked, and underutilized, the Wild Basin Trailhead features a different side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Starting at 8,500 feet, this trailhead features beautiful cascades through a canopy of spruce trees, leading up to the more rocky terrain of the higher elevations. Located just 16 miles from Estes Park, and 40 from Boulder, it’s the most accessible part of Rocky Mountain National Park and has plenty to offer.
While there is plenty of beginner terrain at this location, the Wild Basin Trailhead is the ideal place for those looking to elope in more extreme terrain, as this part of the park gives access to the more remote, but incredible views of Thunder and Lion Lakes.
South Boulder, Colorado
Though Chautauqua Park is a well known local staple for flatiron views, Flatirons Vista is the perfect location for those still wanting the iconic rock formation as their backdrop while escaping the city. With grassy plains at your feet and an incredible sunrise or sunset in the distance, it’s an amazingly convenient outdoor location to beat the crowds of the National Park.
The Flatirons Vista Trailhead is located about four miles south of Boulder, has a very easy 3.5 loop hike that offers the iconic view of the formation about .75 miles in.
St. Vrain Mountain
St. Vrain Mountain is often overlooked due to it’s close proximity to the 14,000 ft Longs Peak, but the mountain has much to offer. Peaking at over 12,000 ft right outside of Allenspark, Colorado a full view of the mountain range is in abundance and the perfect backdrop for a high elevation sunrise.
While this location has more extreme terrain that includes a 3,500 ft elevation gain & 8.5 mile in/out hike, it’s recommended that couples plan on a two-day shoot to get the best results from this beautiful location.