This spot is perfect for couples who want a true, mountain elopement experience.

Loveland Pass falls into what I like to call a “love square,” which consists of Keystone, Silverthorne, Frisco, and Breckenridge. I typically only recommend eloping at Loveland Pass for couples who aren’t inviting any friends or family. Loveland Pass can accommodate up to 75 people, but it sits at 12,000 feet in elevation, so it runs the risk of your loved ones being affected by the altitude.

It also really requires people with an open mind. The weather can be extra tricky that high in the mountains, so a lot of times my Loveland Pass couples have pivoted to their plan B to allow for a more comfortable experience. Because of the weather, I only recommend eloping at Loveland Pass in June, July, and August.

Here is more need-to-know information about Loveland Pass!


Loveland Pass elopements don’t require a permit as long as your group 1). is smaller than 75 people and 2). doesn’t involve other vendors like an officiant, planning services, rentals, etc. Lucky for you, photographers get the green light! If you want to have other vendors or a larger group (which I don’t recommend), you’ll need to get a permit from the Forest Service. The best way to reach them is to call 970-295-6600.

How to Get There

Getting to Loveland Pass is pretty straightforward. I recommend flying into Denver International Airport, renting a car, and then driving the two hours out to Keystone or Breckenridge (the closest towns to Loveland Pass). I always recommend renting an SUV, regardless of what season you’re traveling in. The weather out here is so unpredictable, especially up in the mountains!

Don’t forget about getting acclimated to the altitude. If you can, PLEASE get to Colorado at least 48 hours before your elopement date. Some people have a reaction, like feeling lightheaded, and some people don’t. Either way, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Where to Stay

Although Loveland Pass is near Keystone, I encourage my couples to stay in Breckenridge for the full mountain town experience! Breck is one of my favorite parts of Colorado, which says a lot because it’s HARD to choose favorites in such a gorgeous state. Some of the hottest spots to stay in Breck are the Residence Inn by MarriottOne Ski Hill PlaceThe Lodge at Breckenridge, and River Mountain Lodge. For something a little different, check out Fireside Inn and the Bivvi Hostel, which both offer dorm-style rooms!

If I was eloping at Loveland Pass and staying in Breckenridge, I would 100% skip the hotels and book a luxury mountain house – they’re such a vibe. Airbnb has some amazing options, from condos to cabins to entire homes. Whether it’s just you and bae or you’re bringing your full crew, I have no doubt you can find something epic. Check out my faves here!

Sites to See

  • The Breckenridge Troll – Don’t ask questions. Just do it.
  • Sapphire Point Overlook – An easy hike with incredible views, perfect for a picnic.
  • Main Street – The heart of Breckenridge with boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, and more.
  • Boreas Pass Road – One of the most scenic drives in Colorado. The road is 22 miles long and will take you about an hour to drive.
  • Continental Divide – There are four places near Breck where you can stand on the divide and take in some amazing views.

What to Do by Season

Like I said, if you’re eloping at Loveland Pass, I highly recommend staying in Breckenridge. There is seriously something for everyone. A lot of activities depend on what season you’ll be visiting, so here’s a breakdown of the most popular ways to spend your time. This isn’t even close to everything – check out more ideas here.

Summer (June – August)

  • There are hundreds of trails in Breck, from easy trails to difficult summits that you can do regardless of the season. Check out some of your options here, and please please please don’t forget about Leave No Trace
  • If you want to get out on the water, you’ve got options! If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s whitewater rafting. If you want something a little more chill, you can go paddle boarding or kayaking. Alex and I just got paddleboards and we’re obsessed!
  • Horseback riding is a fun way to see the mountains if you’re not into hiking. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there are a few ranches and businesses that will get you ready to go.

Fall (September – October)

  • The aspen trees start changing color in the fall and all the leaf peepers head up into the mountains to see their beautiful colors. I would consider this a must do for any Breckenridge travelers!
  • Where are my spooking bitches? I love a good ghost tour, and Breck has several! Learn more about the history of the town and the darker side of the Wild West.
  • The Arts District has grown so much over the past couple of years, and I’m here for it. If you’re interested in taking a fun class on your trip, check out Breckcreate’s schedule of art classes for something that sounds good to you.

Winter and Spring (November – May)

Remember – all of these activities are snow dependent, which means opening and closing dates shift a little every year. If you’re visiting in November or April, make sure to double check that the things you want to do are open.

  • Breckenridge Ski Resort has five peaks, 2,908 skiable acres, 187 trails, four terrain parks, and the tallest chairlift in North America. I’m a newbie to skiing, but Alex has been boarding for years and he always has great things to say about Breck!
  • Snowshoeing is an awesome way to explore trails in the winter. There are tons of groomed trails nearby, and it’s super easy to rent some snow shoes if you don’t have your own.
  • For my peeps who are still kids at heart, there are plenty of sledding hills for you to check out. If you get lucky, you can borrow a sled from a Sled Shed in town, but they’re also easy to find at some stores in town. Breckenridge also has extreme sledding if you’re looking for an adrenaline boost.
  • If you want to get outside but still stay warm, a snowcat tour is perfect. It will take you on a guided tour through some mountain trails before dropping you off at a cabin for hot chocolate and s’mores.

Where to Eat

What to Pack

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the weather in Colorado is unpredictable, so pack for anything and everything! Speaking from experience (hail storms aren’t fun), it’s way better to be safe than sorry. Make sure these get in your suitcase:

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Clothing that’s easy to layer
  • Daypack or back pack
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain jacket

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