Top Colorado Elopement Locations Close to Denver: Updated 2022

You have decided to elope in Colorado? The next hard step is choosing a location because the possibilities are endless. I’ve created a comprehensive list of popular Colorado Elopement locations for you to use, share, and utilize for your elopement. Above all, this list was created to make your life easier while planning your Colorado elopement.

While doing your elopement research, you will come across a lot of photographers pressuring you to hike or spend a lot of money to make your day “adventurous.” For instance, you might see helicopter elopements. I’m not one of those photographers to pressure you into unnecessary things. The beauty of Colorado allows you to literally pull off the side of the road and say your vows. I’m always down for hiking and adventuring, but I’m also always down to make it simple. If you’re looking for locations that require a bit more hiking and adventure, please contact me directly!

Boulder - Colorado Elopement Location

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

Garden of the Gods is effortlessly beautiful with lots of different mountain views from different parking lots. The park is navigated through a one-way road. In short, making it incredibly easy to experience. Although this spot is effortless and free, this location is firsts come first serve. Therefore, Expect to be around other people and working around other photographers.

Quick Tip: Plan a sunrise elopement to avoid tourist and experience the most beautiful mountain sunrise.

Hiking Required? Optional

Permit Required? No

Lost Gulch, Boulder

Arguably one of the most amazing overlooks within 45 mins of Denver. Lost Gulch is perched right on top of Flagstaff road in Boulder featuring, hands down, the best sunsets ever. However, if you’re not a fan of cliffs and heights, this may not be your elopement location. This overlook is one of the best spots to watch the sunset, you may have some uninvited guest who will clap after you say your vows.

Hiking Required? Optional

Permit Required? Required for 25 People or More

Echo Lake, Evergreen

Right off the road, literally. Echo Lake is super accessible and offers spectacular views of snow capped mountains. I recommend getting married at sunrise or sunset when choosing this location because the sunlight can get intense glittering off of the lake. Most importantly, if you plan to have guests with you, this is a great location.

Hiking Required? No

Permit Required? No

Saint Mary’s Glacier, Idaho Springs

Saint Mary’s Glacier is actually about a 1-mile round trip hike to the first lookout area. This is a hike I take my out-of-state friends on. However, this is not a recommended location if you plan to invite Grandma or a small group along with you. Views from the top is absolutely amazing complete with a small lake and beautiful glacier views. Similarly to Garden of the Gods, the best time to get a secluded area is at sunrise.

Hiking Required? Yes

Permit Required? No

Loveland Pass, Keystone

Epic mountain views, alpine lake, and easy trails. You can choose a spot right off the many parking lots or hike a tiny bit to get away from the crowds. Absolutely one of my favorite Colorado Elopement Locations because it’s a nice hidden gem right outside of major ski area. At almost 12,000ft, the views you will experience are out of this world.

Must Know: This location can be tricky to navigate in the winter time because of high altitude.

Hiking Required? Optional

Permit Required? Contact National Forest Service

Officer’s Gulch, Keystone

Famous for its Colorado Pines and a gorgeous lake, Officer’s Gulch does not hold back from showing off even though it’s a location right off the road. As a result, it’s perfect for the elopement with your loved ones. Officer’s Gulch is first come first serve, be mindful of others that are utilizing the amazing views and recreation.

Hiking Required? No

Permit Required? No

Lily Lake - Colorado Elopement Location

Sapphire Point Overlook, Dillon

One of the most sought after locations in the Dillon area, therefore, making it a bit tricky to book. Sapphire Overlook is a great spot to check out while looking at Dillon Reservoir. It requires a reservation and chairs can be set up.

Hiking Required? No

Permit Required? Yes

Piney Lake, Vail

Piney Lake is known for its moose appearances beyond it’s amazing mountain view sunsets. Their River Ranch has cabins and camping available on site as well as a Ceremony space if you’re pushing 50 guests. In short, this is the perfect location for an all inclusive elopement experience that is accommodating to guests.

Hiking Required? Optional

Permit Required? Depends

South Valley Park, Littleton

Garden of the Gods feel, without the drive down 25 – which locals try to steer clear of. South Valley Park is a location that’s accessible off the parking area but allows for hiking if you’re looking for more of an adventure. Similarly to Garden of the Gods, it’s easy to navigate.

Hiking Required? No

Permit Required? Yes

Windy Saddle Park, Golden

Think sound of music but with Colorado Mountains. Windy Saddle Park offers a beautiful view of the peaks and some mountain roads. This is a popular place for hiking and sight seeing but incredibly close to Denver.

Hiking Required? Optional

Permit Required? Yes

Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park

Okay, Okay. Confession time: I saved this for last for a reason. There are a lot of locations within Rocky Mountain National Park to say “I do” at and it’s an EFFORTLESS spot. There are specific spots within the park to get married and you can find them outlined here. The folks at RMNP are amazing and they make it super easy to elope at the park.

Elopement Spots at Rocky Mountain National Park book up very fast and they open a year in advance. Choosing a weekday is super helpful when apply for your permit.

Hiking Required? Optional

Permit Required? Yes

Loveland Pass - Colorado Elopement Location

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