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Best Elopement Locations in Colorado

There are so many unique and breathtaking locations In Colorado. It's truly a great destination for couples seeking an adventurous elopement or intimate wedding. Choosing an elopement location is one of the most important decisions during the planning process, and there are several factors couples should consider. Some of these considerations include accessibility, required permits, seclusion, and of course the desired type of landscape or activity opportunities.

As elopement photographers, we have had the opportunity to visit and work with couples in many unique locations throughout the state. Below are some of our favorite places to elope in Colorado.

Maroon Bells

The Maroon Bells are one of the most iconic sceneries in Colorado, and it's not hard to see why. We love this locations for its breathtaking beauty, but also because of how easily accessible it is with just a short walk from a parking lot. It also has an amphitheater available for reservation if you'd like to have a ceremony with a few of your friends and family. The amphitheater books up very fast, so you'll need to plan several months in advance.

Near: Aspen

Amphitheater Reservations

Vow Renewal at the Maroon Bells

couple walking hand in hand through the Maroon Bells in Aspen Colorado as the alpenglow hits the mountain peaks in the background
couple exchanging vows during their vow renewal at the Colorado Maroon Bells during sunrise
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

When you think of Colorado the first thing that might come to mind is mountains, but did you know it also has a Canyon? Its deepest point is 2,722 feet (829 m)! We love the Black Canyon because of how unique it is from the rest of Colorado. If you're not afraid of heights, this might be the perfect location to elope! There are many unique viewpoints that are easily accessible with a short walk from your car. To elope here you will need a special use permit, so make sure you apply for one.

Near: Montrose

Special Use Permits

Engagement Session at the Black Canyon

Black Canyon of The Gunnison Colorado Engagement Session
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Great Sand Dunes National Park 

Another unique location that will make you feel like you're somewhere far away are the Great Sand Dunes. This is a great option to include friends and family because of the easy accessibility. You will also want to make sure to apply for a special use permit.

Near: Alamosa

Special Use Permits

Engagement Session at the Great Sand Dunes

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is the most popular and visited National Park in all of Colorado! It's not difficult to see why, with all of its amazing lakes, hiking trails and gorgeous scenery. This is another great option to include a small group of your closest friends and family. The park has designated areas where you're able to have a wedding ceremony, and each has a maximum guest capacity. If you want to elope here you'll have to plan far in advance, since the park only issues a very limited number of permits each year.

Near: Estes Park

Special Use Permits

Marriage Proposal at Rocky Mountain National Park

Engagement Session at Rocky Mountain National Park
Couple session at Rocky Mountain National Park
Couple session at Rocky Mountain National Park
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Twin Lakes

If you're looking for lake and mountain views, the Twin Lakes might be the perfect option! This is a great elopement location for many reasons; It's easily accessible for friends and family, and you don't need a special permit to have your elopement ceremony here! There are also several campsites nearby you can reserve to have a late night campfire or picnic.

Near: Leadville

Elopement at the Twin Lakes in Colorado
Elopement at the Twin Lakes in Colorado
Elopement at the Twin Lakes in Colorado
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Independence Pass

Just west of the Twin Lakes you will find Independence Pass. This long stretch of winding road offers many opportunities for sightseeing and visiting several beautiful locations, including a ghost town! You will have the option of staying near the road, or venturing further out and hiking one of the many trails. Independence Pass is closed during winter months, so this would only be an option between the months of June and October.

Near: Aspen

Elopement in Independence Pass Colorado
Couple eloping in the mountains
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Piney River Ranch

Piney River Ranch is a private ranch near Vail Colorado. This is a great option for elopements or larger weddings since they offer an event space for up to 200 people and catering. If you're not planning a big event and would just like elopement photos here, that is also possible with a small photography fee. While you're here you'll also be able to go fishing, canoeing, paddle-boarding or even horseback riding! Piney River Ranch is closed during winter months, but is a great option during summer or fall.

Near: Vail

Booking Information

Elopement Portraits at Piney River Ranch

Elopement at Piney River Ranch
Elopement at Piney River Ranch
Elopement at Piney River Ranch
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Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is another beautiful location with breathtaking red rock formations. It's very easy to elope here since there isn't a need for a special use permit, unlike several other parks. They have several designated ceremony spots, all of which are first come first serve. A downside to eloping here is the large number of visitors, so if privacy is a top priority for you it may not be the best option.

Near: Colorado Springs

Designated Ceremony Locations

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There are of course many other great places to elope in Colorado, including other less easily accessible backcountry locations if you're feeling adventurous. As elopement photographers, we help couples find locations that align with their unique needs and vision.

Planning an elopement in Colorado? We would love to help you!

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