The Three Best Places To Elope in Colorado

Best Places to Elope in Colorado

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Jun

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So you and your partner decided to skip the big wedding and having an intentional and laid-back elopement in Colorado. First we want to say a massive congratulations!!! Now it’s time to plan all of the fun things that come with choosing to elope in Colorado, like finding your elopement location. With so many jaw-dropping locations to pick from all around the state, how do you choose?! That’s where we come in! In this blog I’ll talk about the top three best places to elope in Colorado.

Summit County

Starting out strong in one of my all time favorite elopement spots in Colorado – Summit County! Summit County includes Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, Keystone, Dillon, and Copper Mountain. It is one of the best places to elope in Colorado year round!

Reasons Why Summit County is one of the Best Places to Elope in Colorado

  • Year round availability. There is something to do in every season in Summit County. In the wintertime you basically have your own personal snow globe! There are endless snowshoeing trails, ski hills, and incredible views! Plus, imagine having a super snowy, gorgeous elopement in the mountains and then coming back to your Airbnb for a nice soak in a hot tub while overlooking a ski hill. This is all possible in the wintertime! Looking for a little wintertime Summit County inspiration? Check out Becca and Dan’s snowshoeing elopement!
  • Summer in Summit County is probably the best that there is! July in Summit County means the most incredible display of wildflowers you could ever imagine. Plus, the weather is fantastic, there are festivals and activities, everything is super green, and the towns are buzzing.
  • Fall in Summit County = Leaf peeping galore! It’s true that Colorado has some of the most spectacular displays of yellow aspen trees in the fall. If you want to catch those golden colors, mid to late September is going to be the perfect time to elope in Summit County! Plus, the weather is literally perfect in the fall!
  • There is something for everyone here. No matter what your skill level is, there is something for everyone here. Whether you’d like to walk 50 feet to get to your elopement location or if a strenuous 8 mile hike is up your alley, and anything in between, you can find all of that in Summit County. Plus, there are several reservable locations if you want to include more family or friends in your wedding celebration. Here is a list of our favorite small wedding venues in Colorado that you can reserve for your elopement!
  • The perfect jumping off point! Summit County is only about an hour west of Denver, about two hours to Aspen, and a little under two hours from Rocky Mountain National Park, Granby, Winter Park, etc. making Summit County an incredible jumping off point for your elopement adventure! You can get an Airbnb in Summit County and really explore some of the coolest corners of Colorado.
  • Tons of activities. Endless hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain coasters, free gondola rides in Breckenridge, mountain biking, off-roading, kayaking, rafting, dog sledding, snowshoeing, skiing…the list goes on and on! You can totally incorporate an activity or two during your elopement!
  • Close to Denver International Airport. Another perk of choosing to elope in Summit County is that you are about an hour away from Denver International Airport, making it super easy to access! Plus, there are tons of awesome Airbnb’s all over Summit County.

I could truly go on and on about how great Summit County is! The food is great, the environment is amazing, there is so much to do, plus it’s gorgeous?! I mean, talk about the perfect package!

Gay couple elopes in Summit County, Colorado

Northern Colorado

I know, I know, when you think about eloping in Colorado I bet that Northern Colorado was not on the top of your list for an elopement location. I’m here to tell you not to sleep on Northern Colorado, it is by far one of the best elopement locations in Colorado!

First of all, what do I mean by Northern Colorado? The state is huge, so this is a valid question. To me, Northern Colorado means Boulder, Estes Park, Fort Collins, and Steamboat Springs. This covers a massive area, I mean, Rocky Mountain National Park alone has thirteen designated ceremony sites and endless portrait opportunities.

Reasons Why Northern Colorado is one of the Best Places to Elope in Colorado

  • Incredible views. Northern Colorado is home to some of the most breathtaking mountain views, a lot of them are very easily accessible as well! Some to require a hike, but it is well worth it.
  • Endless options. There are SO MANY elopement locations to pick from throughout Northern Colorado! If you want to see our top three favorite Rocky Mountain National Park locations, this blog is for you. Other than Rocky Mountain National Park, there are fantastic options in Boulder, Estes Park, and Steamboat Springs! All of them have options to hike or walk up to, leaving a ton of opportunity to bring along a few family members or friends.
  • Tons of lodging options! From Airbnb’s to hotels and everything in between, there are so many options for lodging in Northern Colorado. You can find a quaint cabin for the two of you in Granby or you can find a lodge for your family and friends in Steamboat Springs. Whatever you’re envisioning for your elopement, you can find it here!
  • Close to shops. Choosing to elope in Northern Colorado means that you are close to some pretty incredible shops with some great mountain souvenirs! This might not be on your list of fun things to do, and that’s okay! If a brewery is more your style, Northern Colorado is home to hundreds of local brews that are often dog friendly and will give you a taste of Colorado!
  • Endless outdoor activities. Mountain biking, cross country skiing, horseback riding, swimming, kayaking, rafting, hot air balloon riding, festivals, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, zip lining, mountain coasters, jeeping, and the list goes on and on and on! I think I’ve gotten my point across with the fact that Colorado is home to some of the most incredible outdoor activities!

Northern Colorado is truly an amazing space and I feel so grateful to be able to call it home! One of the things that we love to do for our couples is put together a customized location guide for every elopement. We know all of the best, most incredible elopement locations in Northern Colorado! Reach out to us here to start planning your dream wedding!

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado gets its own moment! I absolutely adore Aspen, Colorado. There is so much to do within this incredible mountain town. Plus, it is so close to other beautiful mountain towns like Leadville, Twin Lakes, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs. Aspen truly has it all, from beautiful alpine lake hikes to do in the summertime, skiing in the wintertime, and incredible leaf peeping in the fall.

Reasons Why Northern Colorado is one of the Best Places to Elope in Colorado

  • Trail access. There are endless trail opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and site seeing. You can even take the gondola at the Aspen ski hill and hike around up top!
  • Incredible ceremony locations. We all know about the Maroon Bells Amphitheater and how incredible of a ceremony site it is (pssst click here to read all about how to elope at the Maroon Bells Amphitheater) but did you know that there are dozens of additional locations around Aspen? It’s true!
  • Close to Denver International Airport. Aspen is a little less than a four hour drive from DIA, not to mention you get the prettiest drive imaginable!
  • Fantastic food! Aspen has some pretty incredible places to eat, one of our favorite things to do haha! We love that everything is in walking distance, too! Downtown Aspen is such a cute mountain town with a ton of charm.
  • Wildlife. There is a really good chance that you will spot some wildlife in Aspen! From bears to moose, keep your eyes peeled during your elopement and make sure to give these creatures plenty of space and enjoy from a distance.

Aspen is one of the coolest places in Colorado. It has a ton of great hikes for all skill levels and is a great jumping off spot for other incredible locations. Aspen is a great spot to keep the wedding adventure going by spending the week here for your honeymoon!

Ready to Elope in Colorado?!

With so many breathtaking locations to pick from, let us help you plan your perfect elopement in Colorado! Aside from helping our couples choose a location with a customized location guide, we also help our couples by providing a vendor referral guide, marriage license recommendations, and fun activities to do in the area that you’re eloping in!

Let’s get in touch today, we cannot wait to meet you and help you plan one of the bets days of your lives!

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We're a husband and wife Colorado elopement photographer and videographer. We're two easy-going humans who love the outdoors and are passionate about Colorado adventure elopements. We wholeheartedly believe that saying your vows in the great outdoors is the best way to get married! Not only will we document your elopement, but we'll help you throughout the entire process to make sure that you have the most incredible wedding experience! 

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