Colorado Elopement

Eloping In Colorado

Let’s talk about eloping in Colorado! In short, Colorado is one of the most popular destination elopement locations. Mostly in part due to being able to easily get married & plenty of incredible mountain scenery. In this Colorado elopement planning guide, we’ll cover it all!

Colorado Elopement at Clinton Gulch Photographed on Kodak Film
Colorado Elopement Photographer

What Is An Elopement?

Colorado Elopements

There are many definitions as to what an elopement is. Oftentimes, the definition will change from person to person. Here’s what I’ve come to find an elopement is:

An elopement is an intentional ‘just us’ focus on the couple (or close family) instead of a traditional wedding for show. Most importantly, it allows the couple to celebrate their wedding day in a way that’s truly unique & comfortable to them.

Why Elope In Colorado

Eloping In Colorado

There are many reasons to elope in Colorado! From the beautiful scenery to the ease of getting married, you simply can’t go wrong with eloping in Colorado. In addition, every season has something unique to offer, from snowy mountains to green fields with wildflowers.

Colorado Elopement at Brainard Lake Recreation area near Boulder.

Reasons To Elope In Colorado

Colorado has no shortage of beautiful mountains. Above all, the mountains make an incredible backdrop to any adventure elopement. Whether you want to hike or 4×4 to your location, there’s no shortage of options.

Most of the popular Colorado elopement locations are very crowded. However, eloping on a weekday or in a more remote location will give you the entire area to yourself. Ask your elopement photographer for some of their favorite locations.

It’s as easy as this: First, you schedule an appointment online. Secondly, arrive at your appointment with the proper paperwork. Lastly, sign your documents & return them within 30 days!

Yes! What exactly is self solemnization? It’s the act of becoming legally married by agreement between two people, without requiring the signature or oversight of a third party. In addition, in Colorado, your dog can be a legal witness at your elopement!

With a large number of elopements comes more specialized vendors. As a result, this offers eloping couples a more personalized experience. Pro Tip: Many specialized Colorado elopement photographers & videographers will also help you plan out your entire elopement day!

Colorado Elopement Locations

best places to elope in colorado

These are some of the best places to elope in Colorado based on cities. Although you might not elope in town, these locations serve as great bases to stay, find vendors and provide you a home base for your elopement. Just know, there are many more locations outside of these!

A Colorado Elopement at Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in Colorado.

National Park Elopement

Colorado National Park Elopements

The National Parks in Colorado are perfect elopement venues. Rocky Mountain National Park & the Great Sand Dunes National Park are by far the most popular. However, Colorado has four National Parks in total which are all unique.

Eloping In Denver

Denver Elopements

Denver is a very popular Colorado elopement location. Moreover, having so many elopement vendors in the area makes planning easy. Lastly, eloping in Denver gives easy access to I-70 and the larger mountains makes travel on your elopement day very easy.

Eloping In Boulder

Boulder Elopements

Located just 30 minutes northwest of Denver, Boulder is a beautiful place for a Colorado elopement. It has rolling hills & incredible mountain views & hikes. Overall, the easily accessible area makes eloping in Boulder very easy, beautiful and popular.

Eloping In Breckenridge

Breckenridge Elopements

Generally known as a ski town, Breckenridge is also the perfect place for your Colorado elopement. Eloping in Breckenridge provides an abundance of backcountry views & 4×4 roads. Lastly, there is also an abundance of easily accessible terrain.

Eloping In Vail

Vail Elopements

Vail is another highly sought-after Colorado elopement location. Located just two hours from Denver, it features beautiful mountain views & an abundance of Aspen trees. Lastly, eloping in Vail is the perfect place to ski during your elopement!

Eloping In Crested Butte

Crested Butte Elopements

Tucked away in the central part of Colorado, Crested Butte is a hidden gem. That is to say, there is no shortage of mountain views or wildflowers in the summer. In addition, eloping in Crested Butte provides some of the best fall colors in all of Colorado.

Eloping In Aspen

Aspen Elopements

Aspen takes Colorado elopements to the next level. While known for its high-class atmosphere, it also features incredible elopement locations. Eloping in Aspen is perfect for those wanting fall colors in their adventure elopement or small wedding.

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Eloping In Telluride

Telluride Elopements

Telluride & Ouray are known for their adventurous elopements. With both towns surrounded by mountains, incredible views are of no shortage. In addition, eloping in Telluride provides you with 4×4 roads will bring you to the most remote & beautiful locations.

Places To Elope Colorado

Colorado Elopement Locations

Here are just a few of the best Colorado elopement locations for 2024 & beyond. Just know that these places to elope in Colorado are some of the busiest in the state. However, if you’re interested in finding a similar location with less foot traffic, just let me know! Most of the elopement locations that I love the most are off the beaten path. In other words, only the seasoned Colorado elopement photographers will know about them!

The Brainard Lake Recreation area is just 1-hour from downtown Denver and 40 minutes from Boulder. It’s prime location and ample beauty due to alpine lakes and untouched forestry is truly one-of-a-kind.

Loveland Pass is a classic Colorado elopement location. It features incredible 360 views of the mountains, while also being easily accessible. In addition, it sits at just under 12,000 feet and has a large trail network to explore.

Located just minutes from Boulder, Flagstaff Mountain is a great elopement location. With several overlooks & a beautifully forested area, the options are endless. Above all, there’s plenty of space for privacy during your elopement or portraits.

Featuring both meadows & mountaintop views, Rocky Mountain National Park is incredibly beautiful. It’s the best fit for summer elopements along Trail Ridge Road, however, snowy elopements here are one of a kind.

Tucked away in the Southwest Corner of the state, Bridal Veil Falls is a very popular Colorado elopement location. It’s a perfect location for 4×4 elopements. In addition, there is also an extensive network of trails for adventure elopements.

The Million Dollar Highway stretches from Ouray to Durango & is some of Colorado’s most beautiful sights. In addition, you’ll find plenty of Aspens along with vibrant alpine lakes. I highly recommend this area in the Summer or Fall!

Colorado Elopements

The Best Times To Elope In Colorado

You can easily elope in Colorado in any season! However, there are certain aspects to look into for different times of the year. Generally speaking, you’re usually going to be looking at a few key elements. Weather, temperatures, and accessibility. Depending on what kind of location you want to elope at, it might not be open, easy to get to, or safe to access. Regardless, I’m here to help & will show the you best times to elope in Colorado.

Springtime is a beautiful season to elope in Colorado. The greenery begins to show & the mountains are still covered with snow. In addition, the average temperatures begin to rise, and more beautiful locations become accessible. Overall, it’s not as crowded of a time and could give you complete solitude in some locations.

Colorado summers are absolutely beautiful. You’ll oftentimes find that as the snow melts, wildflowers will start to bloom which makes the mountains very photogenic. In addition, the 4×4 roads and high-elevation views start to become more accessible. Just note, Summers in Colorado can be very crowded in popular locations. Try to stay off the beaten path for the best results!

Colorado Fall elopements are my favorite. With cooler temps & changing colors, it’s by far the most beautiful time in the state. As the colors change you can find yourself in the middle of golden aspen groves or with freshly dusted peaks in the distance. It’s truly the most diverse time of the year to elope in Colorado, as you never know what you might get!

Though it can be cold, Winter elopements in Colorado are always super fun. From snowshoeing to your ceremony site, to skiing down one of Colorado’s great ski resorts, the options are endless. Colorado winters also give you a beautiful perspective of the landscape as the snow takes over.

Weekday vs. Weekend Elopements

Eloping on weekdays in Colorado is the way to go. In part due to the tourism boom in Colorado, weekends have become quite busy & crowded, regardless of the season. Choosing to elope on a weekday will not only give you more privacy, but it will also allow you to have a true “just us” feel. If you must elope on a weekend, do your best to avoid the popular tourist locations. Taking a short or long hike will oftentimes give you the best results!

Places To Elope Colorado

How Much Does It Cost To Elope In Colorado?

On the low end, on average, it costs $7,500 to $12,500 to elope in Colorado. On the high end, it could cost up to $12,500 to $25,000 depending on your coverage and a few misc. details. Overall, how much it cost to elope in Colorado is much less than the traditional wedding route. Below, I’ll break down three different ranges of elopements so you can see for yourself.

Ready To Elope In Colorado?

Regardless of where you are in this process, I’d love to hear your story & see how I can help make your dream elopement a reality! Just fill out the form below (it will take you 1-2 minutes) and I’ll be in touch soon!


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