The Complete Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Guide

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Let’s start out with the most important part of having your elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park: Permits. It’s required that all couples having an intimate wedding or elopement purchase a WEDDING & ELOPEMENT PERMIT ($300) or a PHOTOSHOOT PERMIT ($50) if you’re just having a couples or adventure session. These fees go directly to the upkeep of the park, ensuring that its beauty and wildlife are properly cared for.Permits are now distributed on a limited basis. May- October: 60 per month, Nov.- April: 40 per month for all issued permits on a first come – first serve basis.

Spring is a great time to elope in Rocky Mountain National Park. Generally from April to Early June, you'll find more favorable temps & less wind. Snowfall will still be a possibility at the higher elevations, but oftentimes won't be intense. High elevation roads such as Trail Ridge Road & Fall River Road, will still be closed, but crowds will be at a minimum. Mid-May is sweet spot as there's not as much snow on the ground, but the greenery will start to come in full-bloom. Overall, less crowds & traffic make the Spring a perfect time to elope!

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The Tundra

RMNP has a great selection of waterfalls & cascading rivers for your elopement. While some falls will freeze over in the winter, they're oftentimes at their peak in July & August as the snowmelt is in full swing. Like the rest of the park, some locations allow you to drive right up to them, & some will require a hike!

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Denver International Airport is the closest major airport to Estes Park/RMNP. It's roughly 75 miles, & a 1.5 hour drive. DIA will give you the best rates, and it's very common to find one way fights to & from DIA for under $100. DIA is also a United Airlines hub and offers direct flights from a large number of cities across the US. Generally, I've found the best rates in & out of Colorado when flying United.

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(Full-day to multi-day coverage)

$200 – $500

LOW-END COST

Estimated costs are based off of a hypothetical 5-day trip, and do not include videography.

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$12,850 – $18,000

HIGH-END COST

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Estimated costs are based off of a hypothetical 5-day trip, and do not include videography.

ESTIMATED COST:

$9,500 – $12,850

MEDIAN COST

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Estimated costs are based off of a hypothetical 5-day trip, and do not include videography.

ESTIMATED COST:

$8,500 – $9,500

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The prices shown are not intended to give you a quote for your trip. Instead, it's to give you a better idea of how much you might spend on an elopement in Colorado.

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5850 – 9850

(Full-day to multi-day coverage)

VIDEOGRAPHY

5850 – 9850

FLIGHTS

$150 – $450

$350 – $750

rated for travel both ways for both people

CAR RENTAL

$100 – $250

per day / Not Including gas

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How Much Will It Cost To Elope In Colorado?

$500 – $1,000

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food, gas, etc. (per day, both people)

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The Documents You'll Need

The requirements & documents needed to get a marriage license in Colorado depend on the location. Generally, the items you'll need are: A government issued ID (drivers license, passport, military ID, or state issued ID) & a birth certificate for each person. If either party has previously been married, there may be additional documents needed. It's very important to double check the requirements of each specific location to make sure an important document isn't left behind!

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Generally speaking, to start the process of getting your marriage license in Colorado, pick the county that you'd like to pick up from. Once you know your location, go to a search engine & look up "<insert county name> marriage license". Once you reach their specific portal, you can choose to apply online & set up a scheduled pickup time. Once completed, you'll show up with the documents listed in the section above & you'll be good to go! In most cases you'll have thirty days to return your license.If you have any questions regarding getting a marriage license in a specific location, please feel free to fill out a form using the 'contact me here' button to the left and I'd be more than happy to help.

Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park are both located in Larimer County. There are pickup locations in Estes Park (Very Limited) as well as Fort Collins & Loveland (which are about 45 minutes from Estes Park). There are other counties that you can also get your license from, but they will be out of your way to get there.You can get a marriage license from Larimer County by following >THIS LINK<

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FINDING YOUR FLIGHTS TO RMNP

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TRANSPORTATION WHILE IN RMNP

It's recommended that you rent a car from (or near) DIA and make the drive over. Public transit is very reliable in the greater Denver area, but Estes Park is a an area that you'll need a vehicle. If you do plan on renting a vehicle, I'd highly suggest renting a 4WD or AWD vehicle, especially in the winter months due to snowfall. Overall, it's an incredibly easy state to get around between the public transportation & good infrastructure.

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WHERE TO STAY NEAR RNMP

Estes Park is the only city or town of any significance near Rocky Mountain National Park. Since it's mainly a tourist town, there is no shortage of places to stay, especially in the winter months. If you'd rather have a larger town nearby, Boulder (50-mins) & Fort Collins (1-hour) are your best bets. They provide the most modern features of a Colorado town & have some incredible places to stay. In the summer months, Grand Lake is a small, quiet town to stay at, but be sure that Trail Ridge Road is open to give you access to the east, or you're looking at a +3 hour drive to Estes Park.

Creating A Unique Elopement Experience

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Elopement Picnics & Private Chefs

That's right! What's better than toasting a great meal at the top of the mountain with your spouse? Many of my couples also love sharing an intimate dinner cooked by a private chef in their Airbnb. Colorado has a great selection of food for all types of food & diets, so your selections are endless. Regardless of how you do it, sharing a meal with your loved ones is a perfect way to cap off the day.

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Backpacking & Camping

The Colorado landscape changes a good bit during the winter months, and I'm not complaining! At the higher elevations, all of your favorite locations turn into a bright white. This marks a perfect opportunity to snowshoe, ski, etc. to your location! While not all areas are accessible, the ones that are have a truly magical feel. I'm always up for a good winter adventure!

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Experience The Local Culture

Colorado is known for many things but it's rich brewing culture & mountain lore are at the top of the list. From brewery hopping to exploring mountain towns, there's no shortage of adventure. With each part of the state boasting a culture of it's own, you can drive 75 miles in any direction and feel like you're in a different state. Regardless of your interests, we'll find the perfect match for you!

Accommodates up to 15 guests & 3 vehicles. Features an incredible 180 degree view of the mountains.

Rocky Mountain National Park Wedding Ceremony Locations

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Accommodates up to 20 guests & 5 vehicles. Features Aspens & beautiful meadow views.

alluvial fan bridge

Accommodates up to 30 guests & 10 vehicles. Located at the south entrance & is probably the least visited.

copeland lake (south)

Accommodates up to 20 guests & 5 vehicles. Features views of Longs Peak & the famous Bear Lake.

bear lake

Accommodates up to 15 guests & 3 vehicles. Features a beautiful meadow & and abundance of fur trees.

hidden valley

*Note* This area was compromised from a wildfire in 2020 & is possibly not permitted for use by the park.

Harbison meadows (west)

Accommodates up to 15 guests & 3 vehicles (Summer) & 30 guests & 10 vehicles (Winter)

Accommodates 30 guests & 10 vehicles. Features beautiful meadows with views of bigger peaks.

Rivers & Water

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Rocky Mountain National Park has some of the most acclaimed Alpine Lakes in all of Colorado. While they all require hikes of varying levels (excluding Bear Lake), it's well worth the effort. Arriving at these locations at sunrise or sunset will give you a collection of photographs that will leave you & your loved ones in awe.

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Hince the name of the park, mountains are in abundance! You'll find plenty of hikes with varying terrain, as well as plenty of locations that you can drive right up to! While not all the terrain is open year-round, there's so many beautiful options to choose from, you won't be disappointed!

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Rocky Mountain National Park has some of the best places to elope in all of Colorado. While there are designated locations for ceremonies, you can explore the rest of the park after for more photos!I'll break down some of the land features you can find below, but also link you to the designated ceremony locations + some of my favorite location for portraits after!

Finding the Best Elopement Location at Rocky Mountain National Park

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Here are some notable land features you can find in RMNP

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The Best Season To Elope In Rocky Mountain National Park

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SUMMER ELOPEMENTS AT RNMP

June through early September is the most trafficked time in the park, but for very good reason. The incredibly accessible views of Trail Ridge Road are open, and the higher elevation hikes are absolutely beautiful. Temperatures often max out in the 70's to low 80's are the park is fully accessible. To avoid crowds, I highly suggest considering eloping at sunrise or sunset, as you'll have more of the park to yourselves. In short, RMNP is absolutely beautiful in the summer & you won't regret it one bit!

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FALL ELOPEMENTS AT RMNP

Fall is Colorado is oftentimes pretty short. From Mid-September to Mid-October you'll be greeted with the famed Golden Aspens, which are absolutely beautiful to have as a backdrop. The park provides a great selection of Aspen Patches, so finding the perfect one for you will be a breeze. The higher elevation locations are also still open, but the later in the season you get, the higher chances of snow & closures you'll find. Temps are also very favorable during this time period, which are also a huge plus!

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WINTER ELOPEMENTS AT RMNP

Winter elopement at Rocky Mountain National Park are absolutely beautiful. From November to March you'll generally find the area covered in snow. While they are very good about plowing the roads, an occasional high snowfall day can provide adverse conditions. While thankfully this isn't all the time, it's always great to have a lower elevation backup plan just in case! If you're willing to brave the cold, winter snowshoe hikes will also provide you with some of the most beautiful scenery the state has to offer!

Most locations can have a maximum of 10 people present (Including Photographer/Videographer, Officiant, Guests, etc.) 30 is the absolute max number of attendees allowed, which only apply to a select few designated locations. While this may initially seem limited, couples are more than welcome to continue their photoshoot in their wedding attire at more remote locations without restrictions (unless otherwise stated).

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The main entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park is located just under four miles west of Estes, Park, with the Wild Basin Entrance sitting 16 miles south of Estes Park, while the Western entrance is only one mile from Grand Lake. It's easily accessible (but crowded) during the summer months. While the Winter months are less crowded there are closed roads & the park is at more risk to adverse conditions.

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RMNP ELOPEMENT

+ Rocky Mountain National Park Overview

+ Designated Ceremony Locations & Capacities

+ Elopement & Wedding Permits

+ Misc. Details & Thoughts

TRAVEL &ACCOMMODATIONS

GETTING YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE

PHOTO LOCATIONS

GENERAL OVERVIEW

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I've included some quick links below to some of the topics we'll cover in this post. Already have your RMNP planned & ready? That's perfect! Just reach out to me via my contact page – HERE – and I'll be in touch within a few hours.

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Let's Talk About Eloping In Rocky Mountain National Park

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While only open late June through Early October, Trail Ridge Road provides the most accessible tundra in all of Colorado. With no hike required to reach some locations, it's also well worth your time to hike to some of the locations along the ridge. Trust me. One good sunset or sunrise here is truly inspiring.

Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement

Hiking is probably one of the most popular elopement activities in Colorado. It's mostly free and gives you the opportunity to experience a new or familiar place together. Regardless of your skill level or desired difficulty, there's something for everyone! I help a large portion of my couples find locations & hikes that fit their needs & wants best, and I'm always happy to assist you.

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