Elope in Colorado

Colorado Elopement Packages, PHOTOS, PRICING & TIPS

As elopement photographers and videographers, we'll guide you through everything you need to know to elope in Colorado. Learn about the best places to elope in Colorado, the best time of year for your elopement, permits, pricing, Colorado elopement packages and more.

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Best Places to Elope in Colorado

Where To Elope in Colorado

You truly have endless options when it comes to where to elope in Colorado! The are so many locations in Colorado for your small wedding or adventure elopement. The state has everything from epic mountain views, sand dunes, red rocks, alpine lakes, aspen forests and everything in between. There are lots of accessible locations in Colorado, meaning you can get epic views without hiking!

There are some hidden gems that we keep exclusively for our couples to maintain the privacy and intimate setting of these locations. We provide all of our couples with a custom location and planning guide to help them choose the perfect location for their wedding day.

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most iconic locations to get married in Colorado, but the ceremony permit can be difficult to obtain as they only give out 100 per year. However, you can still take photos within the park and with us your photo permit & fee is covered!

LOCATION - Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

hike - varies (but most are very accessible)

Permit + fees - permit required, $300

guest count - varies, but 30 max

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Maroon Bells is the perfect small wedding venue in Colorado for micro weddings. It's located in the Snowmass Wilderness and offers stunning lake and mountain views with no hike required.

LOCATION - Maroon Bells Amphitheater, aspen, co

hike - None to Amphitheater, but trails available

Permit + fees - reservation required, $200

guest count - Up to 50

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Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park is a unique elopement location in Southern Colorado that features sand dunes, mountains and the Medano River! Spend the night under the stars at the nearby campsite.

LOCATION - great sand dunes national park, colorado

hike - varies

Permit + fees - Permit required, $200

guest count - Up to 15 guests max.

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Indian Peaks Wilderness

There are various locations for elopements and micro weddings in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. From very accessible locations such as Brainard Lake, to 5+ mile hikes to other areas within the park such as Lake Isabelle.

LOCATION - Brainard Lake, CO

hike - Varies

Permit + fees - timed entry required

guest count - Up to 75 guests for brainard lake

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Loveland Pass Wedding

Loveland Pass is the perfect place for an accessible mountain wedding. This means you can get the epic mountain views, without the hiking requirement! It's also close to Pass Lake, which is also very accessible.

LOCATION - Loveland Pass, colorado

hike - None

Permit + fees - none

guest count - varies

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Garden of the Gods Wedding

Garden of the Gods is a popular location in Colorado Springs for elopements, micro-weddings and just for tourists! Since it's a busy spot with no reservation system, you'll want to elope at sunrise on a weekday.

LOCATION - garden of the gods, Colorado Springs, co

hike - varies

Permit + fees - none

guest count - Up to 50 guests max.

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Sapphire Point Overlook is a viewpoint and micro wedding venue overlooking Dillon Reservoir that sits at 9,500ft. You can reserve the popular elopement location for up to 2 hours with a small fee.

LOCATION - Swan Mountain Rd, Dillon, CO 80435

hike - 0.6 mile loop

Permit + fees - Reservation required, $110.

guest count - up to 35 guests max

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Sunrise Amphitheater is a wedding venue in Boulder available from 6am-9pm, May 1st-Oct 30th. It's a good option for those who are planning a wedding with guests and would like a very accessible location.

LOCATION - Sunrise Amphitheater, Boulder, CO

hike - None

Permit + fees - Reservation required, $100-$400

guest count - Up to 100 guests max.

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San Juan National Forest

The San Juan Mountains, located in South West Colorado, features some of the most picturesque mountains in the state. Nearby to trendy towns like Telluride, Durango and Ouray, it's the perfect elopement locations.

LOCATION - San Juan mountains, colorado

hike - varies

Permit + fees - varies

guest count - varies

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Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak is a unique location because it's actually a 14er (over 14,00ft in elevation), but you can drive to it- there's no hike required! It can be busy during the summer, so you may want to consider sunrise.

LOCATION - pikes peak, Colorado Springs, co

hike - None

Permit + fees - permit required

guest count - varies

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Independence Pass

Independence Pass is one of our absolute favorite elopement locations in Colorado! With no hike required, it's an accessible mountain micro-wedding venue with stunning views.

LOCATION - independence pass, colorado

hike - None

Permit + fees - none

guest count - varies

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Lost Gulch Overlook Wedding

We're including the Lost Gulch Overlook as a location on this guide because it's very popular, but we don't actually recommend this spot. The reason for this is because it's way too busy unless on a weekday at sunrise.

LOCATION - lost gulch overlook, boulder, co

hike - None

Permit + fees - $50

guest count - varies

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Chautauqua Park Weddings

Chautauqua Park in Boulder offers stunning views of the flat irons and there are many ceremony options to choose from at this location depending on your guest count and what you're looking for.

LOCATION - Chautauqua park, boulder, colorado

hike - None

Permit + fees - varies

guest count - varies

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St. Mary's Glacier Elopement

St. Mary's Glacier offers stunning views of the lake and mountains, without a far drive from Denver (only an hour!) and without too difficult of a hike to get to- perfect for your Colorado elopement!

LOCATION - St.Mary's Glacier, Colorado

hike - 2 miles roundtrip

Permit + fees - Special use permit may be required

guest count - Varies

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Piney River Ranch

There are multiple options at this location- you can plan a wedding at Piney River Ranch or an elopement at Upper Piney River Falls Trail. They are owned by different people and have different requirements.

LOCATION - Piney River Ranch, Vail, Co

hike - None

Permit + fees - reservation required

guest count - varies

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You won't find the best locations online. You need a Colorado elopement photographer who has spent time exploring the state and scouting locations in person.

We provide our couples with exclusive location guide, custom timeline and vendor recommendations!

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The Process

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Reserve a date and choose a location

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Book online with a deposit and signed contract. After booking you'll receive a planning guide and we'll help you choose a location, build a timeline and find vendors.

You'll have the best time during your elopement, get a sneak peek within a few days and the full gallery within 2-3 months!

The first step is to submit our contact form to get in touch. Then, we'll send you our availability and packages.

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Included Services

LOCATION GUIDE & Timeline

You'll receive an exclusive location guide to help choose where you'd like to have your wedding, as well as a custom timeline and vendor recommendations.

Posing & Guidance

During the elopement we'll help you out with posing guidance and direction - no experience necessary from you! You'll have two photographers to capture every moment.

ONLINE GALLERY & PRINT SHOP

After the elopement you'll receive a preview within a week and your full online gallery of edited images within 2-3 months. Connected to an online store for seamless printing.

Pricing & Packages

Colorado Elopement Packages

optional add ons

Included Services

• videography
• super8 film
• film photos
• gifs

• Two photographers
• exclusive location guide
• custom elopement timeline
• vendor recommendations

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$3,500

The best

Small Wedding Venues Colorado

Are you planning a wedding with a larger guest count or are interested in having a more traditional venue and wedding reception? If so, a small wedding venue might be the best option for your Colorado wedding.

Here are some of our favorite small wedding venues in Colorado:

San Sophia Overlook

Vail Wedding Deck

Arrowhead Golf Club

Garden of the Gods Club & Resort

Red RockS Amphitheater

Colorado Elopement FAQs

How much does it cost to elope in Colorado?

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A marriage license in Colorado is only $30, but on average most couples spend around $15,000 total to elope in Colorado. The great part about eloping is you can spend as much or as little as you'd like, and allocate your funds towards things you really care about.

The biggest expense most couples will spend on eloping in Colorado will be their photography and videography, with the next costs being their outfits, hair and makeup and florals.

The price of the location varies drastically depending on if you're planning to rent a venue (typically upwards of thousands of dollars) or elope outdoors such as a state or national park (typically a couple hundreds of dollars or free).

Do I need a permit to elope in Colorado?

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Whether or not you need a permit or reservation to get married in Colorado will largely depend on where you decide to hold your ceremony.

For places such as Rocky Mountain National Park, Maroon Bells, Sapphire Point, Sunrise Amphitheater or other popular locations, you will need to pay a fee and reserve the site. However, there are lots of locations in Colorado where you can elope for free with no permits necessary!

A Colorado elopement photographer should help you find a location, assist with permit information and other logistics.

Colorado Elopement Laws

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Colorado is a great place to elope because they have some of the most lenient laws in the US!

Firstly, you can self-solemnize in Colorado, which essentially means you can marry yourselves. This means your dog can sign as your witness on your legal marriage license!

There's also no waiting period on your marriage license, so you could get married the same day you apply for it.

For just $30, you could elope in the mountains with just you and your dog.

The best time to elope in Colorado

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The best time to elope in Colorado depends on what you're envisioning for your wedding day. However, overall we typically recommend summer and fall (June to October) for Colorado elopements and micro weddings.

Summer in Colorado means the most access to different roads and trails throughout the state. While it can still be chilly in the higher elevations, it provides the best opportunity to be comfortable temperature wise on your wedding day.

Fall in Colorado is absolutely magical, but it is very short lived. Fall colors happen in different times throughout the state, but in general can be found from late September through October.

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Colorado Elopement Photographers

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