how to elope in colorado

You made the epic choice to elope– right on! Maybe you’re researching locations, or maybe Colorado has always been at the top of your list. Either way, this guide will tell you everything you need to know for how to elope in Colorado. From location suggestions to activities or permits, all of the details are here to help you have an epic, memorable, stress free adventure elopement.

why colorado is awesome for adventure elopements

Let’s teleport for a second (if only). You’re standing on top of a rugged, rocky peak and you feel the hands of the love of your life intertwined with yours. Endless miles of towering mountains are all around you. The warm sun is casting the most stunning glow ever on the mountain tops. You take a breath in, and you feel the crisp, clean mountain air fill your lungs as a nice cool breeze (or sometimes, a wild wind), surrounds you. Or maybe you are peeking your head out of a tent on that same mountain and staring at an incredible sky-span of stars and the Milky Way. Maybe you took a ski lift to the top of a mountain, said your vows, and then raced your loved one down in fresh powder. Hot springs, jeeping, rock climbing, kayaking, snow shoeing, and magnificent views. Colorado really has it all.

So we get it, Colorado is awesome, but what else does it have to offer for adventure elopements? Self solemnizing!! What does that mean exactly? It means that you don’t have to have an officiant or a witness present during your ceremony. It also means that your pup can stamp your marriage license (like our dog did for us!). Colorado also offers easy to access beautiful locations, great food, and solitude during your elopement if you’re down for an adventure. Are you sold yet? Keep on reading to learn more about how to elope in Colorado.

our favorite locations

Colorado offers elopement locations all over the entire state. You can reach epic beauty via a hiking or jeeping adventure, or you can access beautiful views from some parking lots. We have something to offer for all adventure levels. This list only scratches the surface, and you can find even more options in our 100+ page client guide! We can help you narrow down a location, lock in all of your permits, and add fun activites to your adventure elopement in any location.

Colorado is BIG. There are airports peppered throughout the entire state, but most people find it easy to just fly into Denver. You can find great locations within 2 hours of Denver, but some locations take extra work (like 6 hours worth of driving kind of work). The extra work is WORTH IT, and the drives are beautiful!

The San Juans

The San Juans are our bread and butter. This is one of our favorite pockets of Colorado, and is also where we got married. They offer solitude, sturdy adventures, and incredible views. The San Juans are great for a summer or fall elopement and showcase vast valleys of wildflowers and mountain peaks as far as the eye can see. Fall aspen are beautiful and abundant in this area, and the towns are easily “hallmark level” cute.

The San Juans are perfect for full day or multi-day adventures. There are a handful of locations here that can be accessed for a shorter elopement, but to really soak up the area for all it has to offer, we suggest committing to a big adventure. The area is full of hikes to glacial lakes or jeep routes to expansive mountain views (many of which last for a few hours). It’s all worth it and adds so much fun and adventure to your day! Based on your vision for your day, we can help you narrow down a hike or jeeping location that’s the perfect fit for you.


  • Everything. We love The San Juans.
  • Can find solitude as long as you’re down for an adventure.
  • Most areas are permit-free.
  • Perfect for a full day or multi-day elopement.
  • Glacial lakes are abundant.
  • The towns are so cute and have great services to offer like food, spas, and hot springs.
  • Lots of activities available like hiking, jeeping, helicopter tours, via ferratas, hot springs, and more.
  • Great place to catch a meteor shower or watch the Milky Way.
  • You can bring your pets!


  • Far from the major airport – DIA (Denver). Can still be accessed via closer airports – GJT (Grand Junction), DRO (Durango), and GUC (Gunnison), as well as even smaller airports like TEX (Telluride), and MTJ (Montrose).
  • Many jeep + hiking trails are packed with feet (well above your head) of snow, and aren’t “open” until June. You can still access some areas, but it takes extensive backcountry and avalanche knowledge.

Telluride, Ouray, Silverton

Technically, Telluride, Ouray, and Silverton are all nestled within the San Juans along with Lake City and a few other mountain towns. However, we think they deserve their own section because you can choose to elope in town if you aren’t down for a big adventure into the mountains! These towns offer epic mountain views right from the main streets. Ouray, labeled the “Switzerland of America”, and Telluride both have really cute main strips that give major “mountain town” vibes. There are also shorter hiking trails and lakes nearby that are easy to access and equally beautiful.

Another perk to eloping in town is the convenience of services. Food? Right there. Spa and lodging? See you in five. Ouray also offers hot springs and Telluride has a free gondola up to Mountain Village. Both areas have established ceremony sites if you are leaning more towards a microwedding. Of course, we are all for epic adventures, and it’s easy to add those onto your day from these locations! Many view packed trails are just right outside of town. This is a great option for couples thinking of eloping with family members and then going on an epic adventure right after.


  • Great mix for couples that want accessibility with gorgeous views, and maybe a big adventure to follow.
  • Some areas are permit-free.
  • Perfect for any kind of elopement – chill with family members or multi-day adventure packed.
  • The towns are so cute and have great services to offer like food, spas, and hot springs.
  • Lots of activities available like hiking, jeeping, helicopter tours, via ferratas, hot springs, and more.
  • Many pet friendly locations!


  • Far from the major airport – DIA (Denver). Can still be accessed via closer airports – GJT (Grand Junction), DRO (Durango), and GUC (Gunnison), as well as even smaller airports like TEX (Telluride), and MTJ (Montrose).
  • If a town is gorgeous, lots of people might want to share in the beauty! You won’t be alone here.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Wandering Weddings lists Rocky Mountain National Park as one of the best places to elope in Colorado, and for good reason. This expansive park has something to offer for everyone, from gorgeous views straight out of the car to jaw dropping alpine lakes that can be reached after a day of hiking. RMNP is stunning, and as long as you are okay doing the tango with other crowds, it’s a great place to elope.

RMNP has a specific list of locations within the park that you can elope at. Apart from your actual ceremony, you can explore throughout the park to take more adventurous photos. You can check out their ceremony locations list here. Our personal favorites for ceremonies in the park are Bear Lake, 3M Curve, Sprague Lake, and Upper Beaver Meadows. After your ceremony, our favorite photo locations are Trail Ridge Road (incredible road that reaches elevations of over 12,000 ft!), Dream Lake, Sky Pond, and Chasm Lake. With all of these locations, there is something to offer for couples that aren’t down to hike or couples that want to hike all day.

Rocky Mountain National Park is sandwiched between Estes Park and Grand Lake. Both towns have great services to offer for lodging, food, and fun activities to add to your elopement. We have had couples elope in the national forest around Grand Lake to have a permit-free, secluded ceremony, and then adventure into the park for photos after. If you’re staying in Estes, our favorite restaurant is Bird & Jim, and the escape room in town was awesome enough to let me hide a pregnancy announcement in the room for Michael. Both towns have a great mountain feel, and they are perfect for getting on the water in the summer or walking down snowy roads in the winter.

If you’re still wondering how to elope in Colorado with the logistics of a national park, we are here to help! We can guide you with the permit process, connect you with vendors, and give you tips on how far out to plan to secure your permits. When you’re eloping in a popular destination like Rocky Mountain National Park, we suggest a weekday ceremony at sunrise. This will help with the crowds, and sunrise in the mountains is beautiful!


  • Accessibility – there is something in the park for everyone and all ages!
  • RMNP is just stunning, there’s no other way to put it.
  • Accommodations are close in proximity to ceremony locations.
  • Accessibility to “extreme peaks”. You don’t have to hike for hours to get to a location where the mountains are towering behind you.
  • Can easily add fun activities like rock climbing, SUPing, or hanging in a hammock.
  • Can stay in the park or in town.


  • Most national park trails are not pet friendly. It’s not likely that your pup can tag along for your ceremony.
  • Drones are not permitted in national parks.
  • Since this is a super desired location, permits are capped and sell out quickly. RMNP is very strict with their permit process.
  • Trail Ridge Road is closed in the winter (this is how you get from one side of the park to the other).

Indian Peaks Wilderness

Indian Peaks Wilderness is located mostly within Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests. This is roughly near Boulder and south of Estes Park, so it is within the relative distance of DIA as your major airport. This little gem of wilderness in Colorado is full of beautiful lakes, towering pines, and massive, rocky, peaks. If you’re looking for “epic”, this is one place to find it.

The permit system in this area has been changing with Covid, but this ranger district is great to work with, and many times we have not needed a permit for this area. Brainard Lake Recreation Area does require a timed entry reservation, and they do have a reservable campground. This campground, Pawnee, books up 6 months in advanced so you need to be on it with reservations!

The lake you see here, Brainard Lake, is accessible from the parking lot. It is a great option for couples looking for something easy to get to. However, Indian Peaks has SO MUCH MORE to offer. We recommend lacing up your hiking boots and committing to a longer adventure.

Since this area is higher in elevation, it is graced with a longer winter. The area is typically accessible from mid-June to late-October. However, we had an elopement planned here in the middle of October one year and we had to move their luxury picnic because the blizzard was trying to blow it away. The couple braved the cold for their ceremony and it made for beautiful, wintery photos. Check out their cabin + lakeside elopement here!

If you want to learn more about the epic locations in Indian Peaks, give us a shout. Our client guide dives into the hiking options in the area as well as distance, rating, and tips for hiking in/with wedding gear. Indian Peaks offers super dramatic landscapes, so it should definitely be considered when you’re figuring out how to elope in Colorado. The adventure is so worth it!


  • Although there is one lake accessible from the parking lot, this is a great place for couples looking for a longer adventure with lots of hiking, or for a backpacking trip.
  • Dramatic landscapes. When you think “epic Colorado elopement”, this is one place to go!
  • Lots of moose in the area. Your chances of seeing wildlife are pretty high.
  • Relatively close to Denver for other vendors and as a main airport to fly into.
  • Even though this area draws a crowd, it’s nothing like some other tourist hot spots.
  • Dog friendly!


  • This is a popular location. Elope on a weekday to lessen the crowds.
  • Drones are not permitted in wilderness areas.
  • This area is very difficult to access in the winter, so we only recommend eloping here between mid-June and mid-October (even that is pushing it) unless you’re ready to strap up your snowshoes.

Twin Lakes

Michael and I love this area so much that this is where we plan to settle down one day. Twin Lakes is a little pocket of Colorado that is nestled between a ton of 14ers (mountains that go above 14,000 ft. in elevation). The views are beautiful, and you can find a great ceremony site with or without hiking. We also love Twin Lakes because the location is often permit-free.

When you elope in Twin Lakes, you can easily add water activities to your day. Want to say your vows in a canoe? Go SUPing around the lake before an afternoon picnic? You can do it all here and you can rent boats right in town. Twin Lakes is surrounded by luxury home rentals to elevate your day. The town is very small and gives great mountain vibes, and you can find more services (like a spa or grocery store) in Leadville or Buena Vista – both 20 minutes away.

Twin Lakes is at the base of Independence Pass. You can add this pass as an adventure to your day to get some epic photos, and then go for a luxury lunch in Aspen in the afternoon!

Another aspect that we love about twin lakes is that you can create a fun Colorado road trip itinerary if you fly in and out of Denver. It is easy to add pit stops in Vail, Breckenridge, or other mountain towns to really soak up Colorado while you’re here! If you live here already, it is a great chance to sight see in our local towns.


  • Great mix for couples that want accessibility with gorgeous views, and maybe a big adventure to follow.
  • Perfect spot for water activities.
  • You can seclude yourselves in a mountain cabin while also having the resources of town close by.
  • Often a permit-free location.
  • Dog friendly!


  • The town itself tends to operate seasonally. This means if you are eloping in June, you might be renting canoes last minute.

Breckenridge + White River National Forest

This area is great for spring, summer, fall, or winter! If you are a snowboarder or a skiier and want to add winter sports to your day, this is a great place to do that. If you are looking for a summer hike with wildflowers, you can find it all here. Breckenridge is also a tourist town. That means you will find all sorts of accommodations, really yummy food, lots of adventure (like white water rafting or mountain biking), and ways to pamper yourself. You can hit all of your bases here.

Sapphire Point Overlook and Blue Lakes tend to be the most popular locations to elope in Breckenridge. Because of the accessibility of Sapphire Point, that means it will also draw a crowd soaking in the view. When you get a permit, it allows you to elope in a location but it does not grant you exclusivity to the location (this is true for anywhere). However, we have never had an issue with others not being respectful of what is happening.


  • Great for all seasons!
  • Lots of activities in this area (and companies that offer activites) like white water rafting, ski or snowboard rentals, mountain bike rentals, SUPs + kayaks, and so much more.
  • Tourist location so you can find lots of amenities in town.
  • Hiking locations will give a great mountain feel to your elopement while still being close to town.
  • Depending on your ceremony location, you might be able to bring your pup.


  • This is a tourist area, so there will be lots of people nearly year round.
  • Breck has some weird drone regulations in town.

Crested Butte

This is another area that is great in spring, summer, fall, or winter. Crested Butte gives MAJOR mountain town/hallmark village vibes. The houses and businesses are painted really fun colors and create such an awesome environment to elope in. This area has lots of mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, and some great summer bouldering (fun fact – Michael proposed to me in Crested Butte after a day of bouldering with my family).

Crested Butte holds a wildflower festival every summer, so that alone tells you that wildflowers are abundant in the area. The Aspen are also beautiful in the fall, and this is a great place to walk through FEET of snow right in town.

There are lots of locations that are accesible either from town or via a short hike, but Crested Butte also holds a “secret” trailhead to one of Colorado’s prettiest backpacking locations. You can also find mountain-lined alpine lakes outside of town, and jaw-dropping hike-in camping locations – especially when you consider 4×4 roads.

If you’re leaning towards a micro-wedding, Crested Butte offers wedding venues in the area with beautiful views. The sunsets in CB are stunning, and this is also a great area to catch the Milky Way!


  • Mountains everywhere you look!
  • You can rent locations via the Crested Butte Land Trust. This means you can have a mostly private ceremony site (hikers can still walk past Peanut Lake).
  • Wildflowers!
  • There is something awesome to offer for every activity level, and you can find an adventure that is easy or extreme!
  • Perfect for elopements or microweddings.
  • The summers are mild due to elevation.
  • The winters will give you a true winter experience with giant pillows of snow on top of every building!


  • Far from the major airport – DIA (Denver). Can still be accessed via GUC (Gunnison).
  • This is a tourist destination, but not as much as other areas (due to distance from the airport). The town is super rad and draws a bit of a crowd. Everyone we have ran into in Crested Butte has been full of good vibes though.
  • Many locations require permits.

Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells is a super iconic spot in Colorado. You have probably seen a picture of these mountains somewhere in your life, and that’s because the peaks are beautiful! Maroon Bells has a regulated ceremony site that must be reserved in advanced, as well as other locations that require a permit. When a place is this popular, having a reservation like this will give you peace of mind. You will also need to reserve a shuttle from Aspen to access the parking lot.

Maroon Bells offers shorter hikes, medium hikes, 14ers (we only recommend these specific 14ers to very advanced hikers. They are labeled “The Deadly Bells” for a reason), and multi-day backpacking trails. When you are in this area of Colorado, you can also easily add a visit to Aspen, Marble (best bbq around), or Glenwood Springs. You will find great hiking, hot springs, white water rafting, and lots of good food!

This area (like many others in Colorado) is very fragile. There are lots of regulations in place to protect the land, which is important to do! When making a list on how to elope in Colorado, be sure to put Leave No Trace at the top.


  • Easy to access, stunning backdrop.
  • You can easily add other activities or pit stops to this location.
  • The permit process is easy.
  • These mountains are iconic for a reason – they are epic!
  • Dog friendly!


  • Tourist destination with a guaranteed crowd.
  • Requires multiple reservations.
  • Should plan months in advanced.

Loveland Pass

Loveland Pass is a mountain pass that is easily accessed from Denver. There are hiking trails and lakes along the pass, and mountains are everywhere you look. This is a gorgeous spot for a sunrise elopement, and it’s easy to create a unique elopement plan with this location. You can go deeper into the mountains after your ceremony, stay close by for a dip in some hot springs or a luxury picnic, or you can have a celebratory dinner in Silver Plume, Georgetown, or Idaho Springs.

While we are exploring passes, we also love Independence Pass, Red Mountain Pass, Monarch Pass, as well as various 4×4 passes throughout the state. These areas can give you dramatic backdrops, Colorado wilderness, and solitude. Definitely worth considering when you’re figuring out how to elope in Colorado!


  • Generally permit-free. You might need a Special Use Permit.
  • This is a good “create your own adventure” location. You can add other towns into the mix, a luxury picnic on the pass, hikes, or a cabin stay.
  • Relatively close to DIA as a major airport.
  • Easily accessible mountain views.
  • Your pet can come with!


  • Weather dependent closures.
  • This area tends to get busy, even on the weekdays and even in the morning.

National Forest + Backpacking

If you’re after solitude, a big adventure, or a Colorado-heavy experience, you should consider a national forest elopement or backpacking to your ceremony site. This is a great way to soak in incredible views, get away from the crowd, and make your elopement last as long as possible. We got married in a national forest, and one of the biggest perks is how easy the permit process is (if you even need one). You can find national forest elopement sites with little or no hiking. If you are craving a longer adventure, Colorado offers incredible backpacking experiences.

There are national forest and backpacking locations all over the state that would be the perfect spot for an adventure elopement. When you start the process with us, we can help you narrow down these locations based off of where you are coming from and what kind of an adventure you are after.


  • You can truly create any adventure – big or small.
  • Perfect to custimize your day around the activities you want to include like a helicopter ride, a hike, hiring a private chef, or stargazing.
  • Great way to find solitude and privacy.
  • Reach Colorado’s incredible backcountry views.
  • Backpacking brings unpredictability, which can add excitement and fun memories to your day.
  • Generally permit-free.
  • You can bring your pup!


  • National forests are suitable for guests and families, but backpacking might not be.
  • You will need to be prepared for unexpected weather.

check out our colorado elopement locations blog for more location ideas for your adventure elopement!

permits, licenses, and the nitty gritty legal side.

One reason people choose to elope is because they want something simple. The chaos, stress, and amount of work a wedding takes just doesn’t appeal to them. We get it. Sometimes permits, licenses, and the legal side of eloping can start to feel a little complicated. Take a deep breath. We are here to help you make sure you have all of your ducks in a row!

A location requires a permit. Do I really need one?

Not only do you need one, you should want one. Permits were created to help control traffic and abuse against the wilderness around us. They exist to protect the land we are using. As an advocate for the environment and choosing to leave the spaces better than we find them, I fully understand that securing a permit is doing my part to help take care of the land. We expect our eloping couples to want to take care of the land too. You want the mountains and nature to stay beautiful and cared for so you can continue to visit your elopement location years and years later!

Permits do not give you exclusive use to a space. They exist to regulate the space, but typically not to reserve it for only you. However, we have never had other hikers or visitors show disrespect towards our couples when they are getting married. Typically, the cost of permits goes directly to the preservation, protection, and growth of public lands. It might be an extra step, but you can feel good about your purchase.

Does every location require a permit?

Not all locations require permits, but most national parks or public areas do. We can make sure that you have all of your ducks in a row with permits. Some are very easy to get, and some require you to plan ahead. The cost of most permits is dependent on location, typically $50-$300.

If you want to do your own research, some good words to google are “special use permit” “commercial use permit” “elopement permit” or “wedding permit” + the location that you want to elope in. You will find accurate information on national park, national forest, or ranger district websites.

Have more questions? Our client guide and planning process is structured to answer all of your questions when it come to how to elope in Colorado.

Do I need a marriage license?

You can not legally get married without a marriage license, but you can still have a commitment ceremony or a symbolic ceremony. These ceremonies are very real and still unify you as a couple, even if you can’t file taxes together. 

Depending on your travel plans and the court house you are picking up your marriage license from, you can either start the process online or stop by the courthouse to pick it up. You do not need to get your marriage license in the county you are eloping in. For some locations you will need to make an appointment. You will need a valid ID, and the fee is $30. Some locations take multiple forms of payment, and others do not. Be sure to research the location you are using to pick up your marriage license.

Colorado is self solemnizing! This means that you do not have to have an officiant or a witness. You can even have your dog stamp your marriage license if you want to (we did!).

Can we take care of the legality before or after?

Absolutely! In some cases, like international elopements, this is what we recommend! 

You might even already be married by the time you decide to plan your elopement. Couples make this choice for a variety of reasons, like tax or health purposes, military reasons, immigration, you name it. Your day is still epically special even if you are already married. 

Again, the day you get married is spiritual, emotional, mental, and heart guided. It is so much more than when you sign a piece of paper. If the legal aspect is getting in the way of having the elopement of your dreams, sign the documents at home. Your vows will still hold all of the weight. 

If you’re not sure what is the best fit for you, we can help you walk through your options. Sometimes legally getting married during your elopement makes sense and adds to the fun. If you feel like it’s taking away from the fun, then don’t let that into your day. You can sign the papers anytime. 

safety and altitude

your safety is one of the main reasons to hire an experienced adventure elopement team. Nature is wild, and the backcountry can be unforgiving. it’s important to have a team that can expect the unexpected.

When we say, “expect the unexpected”, this is what we mean. Of course, no one can predict every lightning strike, flash flood, or moose charge. However, we do everything we can to take preventative safety measures. For example, we will check the weather far away from canyon locations because it does NOT need to be raining where you are (or currently raining) for a flash flood to happen. Watershed from 50 miles away can create flash flood conditions. 

We also will do everything we can to stay below treeline during a storm, and we know the best measures to take if you are about to be struck by lightning. We are educated in wildlife safety to minimize the risk of being hurt by local wildlife. 

This only scratches the surface of wilderness safety and first aid, and this isn’t meant to scare you. It’s to let you know that dangers of the wilderness are very real, and you might encounter these adventures during your day. It’s also to let you know that your safety is important to us, and we will stay educated to keep you in good hands. Some things are out of our control. This is a calculated and accepted risk. Don’t let it keep you from the beauty of the backcountry. 

Altitude, really?

Yes, really! Altitude sickness is no joke, and I can tell you from first hand experience that it is miserable. Preventing altitude sickness is a “better safe than sorry” scenario. You would much rather do too much than not do enough and be sick your entire elopement day. 

To prevent altitude sickness, we recommend:

  • Drink water like a fish. Seriously, bottoms up on the H20.
  • If you are eloping above 8,000 ft, try to stay at or close to your elevation the nights leading up to your elopement to help you acclimate– especially if you will be eloping above 10,000 ft. 
  • If you know you are prone to altitude sickness, opt for a jeep elopement or something that doesn’t involve hiking. The less you exert your body, the less likely you are to get sick. Also, if you do feel crummy, it’s easier to get to a lower elevation quickly. 
  • Watch the alcohol. Alcohol will dehydrate your body quickly and can make you more likely to get sick. This is especially true if you mix altitude and alcohol with hot tubs or hot springs. 
  • If you’re really worried, you can get a prescription from your doctor. It might make you pee a lot, so be prepared to drop your drawers in nature
  • More than anything, listen to your body. If you feel a headache coming on or you’re starting to feel lousy, let us know. We can adapt your elopement plans or take a break to make sure you stay feeling great. 

What if we get hurt?

Though unlikely, this is a very real possibility. While chances are low that you will actually get struck by lightning, there are inherent risks with outdoor adventures. It’s much more common to experience a sprained ankle, sunburn, or something that involves a quick and easy recovery. We will do everything we can to prepare for and mitigate any risks. Things still happen, and it’s all part of the accepted adventure. 

For insurance purposes, we require that you follow all rules for any activities that we participate in. For example, if we rent a canoe, your lifejacket will be required. 

If you do get injured, we are first aid certified and will take care of you to the best of our abilities, or call on experienced medical personnel to step in. We care about all of our clients and will keep you in good hands. 

activities + vendors

This is another opportunity for me to say that what happens and what’s included on your elopement day is up to you. If you want to do your own hair, skip the cake, and self-solemnize in the cabin back yard, cool. If you want all of the works to take your day up a notch, cool. Your day is immensely special no matter what you do, and we are here to help all of the moving parts come to life.

Your elopement is just as important and deserves just as much thought, care, attention, hype, and everything in between as a traditional wedding day. Instead of going all out on party favors and a venue, you are intentionally going all out on activities that are in line with you and your love story. So, yes, it’s totally okay to make your elopement big and full of fun. This is a chance for you to create a day full of things that you and your partner love.

activities to add to your already awesome day:

  • Luxury Picnic
  • Hiking
  • Jeep Tour
  • Helicopter Tour
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Painting
  • Camping
  • Rock Climbing
  • Playing Music
  • Whiskey Tasting
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hire a Private Chef
  • White Water Rafting
  • So. Much. More

Vendors you might want to take your day to the next level:

  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Planner
  • Officiant
  • Hair + Makeup
  • Attire
  • Luxury Picnic
  • Gourmet Chef
  • Baker
  • Florist
  • Music
  • Adventure Activities
  • Adventure Guides
  • Gear + Car Rentals
  • Local Pet Sitters

We will help you coordinate activities, vendors, and anything else you need to have an epic day. We have great recommendations for our clients to keep their day sustainable, to support local, and we have options to accommodate disabilities. The outdoors are for everyone, and we are stoked to help make them accessible.

Want to kick your feet up and just show up to an awesome day? We’ve got you covered. We offer all-inclusive package that cover every vendor you might need, adventure activities like helicopter rides or a sailboat excursion, and even a massage in the morning. Our all-inclusive packages also take care of luxury accommodations the night before and after your elopement. We will have a few questionnaires for you to fill out so we can lock in your vibe, and then you really get to just show up and have an awesome day!


Colorado is ALWAYS beautiful. You can’t go wrong with the season you pick. To avoid crowds, we suggest eloping during the weekday no matter the season, and avoid major holidays if you can.


Honestly, spring can be a tricky time for Colorado. Many trails are still snowpacked (upper 4×4 roads have snow to the end of May), and the weather is unpredictable (who am I kidding, it’s always unpredictable in Colorado). However, spring in Colorado means you can play in the snow without having to be super bundled up. It’s a fun time to mesh the seasons!


Summer in Colorado is soooo sweet. The wildflowers are abundant, and the weather is perfect for so many outdoor adventures. The milky way peaks in the summer, so it’s a great time for stargazing too! The temp stays really comfortable in higher elevations, and you’re really likely to get a sunshine-filled day! Summer is a great time to elope in Colorado.


You can not go wrong with a fall elopement in Colorado. The golden aspen cover the mountainsides, and the weather is absolutely perfect! The last weekend of September is labeled “color weekend” in various parts of the state because that is typically when the aspen peak. However, there is ALWAYS a chance of snow (or a blizzard) in the fall – especially in October.


We love the snow, and winter is one of our favorite seasons. Winter elopements in Colorado are so dreamy. Fluffy pillows of snow pile on the towering trees, and if you’re lucky, you will get a gentle falling snow on your day. Winter does come with some risks – major roads are often closed down for storms, and there is a chance that it could blizzard on your elopement.


This is another area where you really get to pick your own adventure. Colorado has everything to offer when it comes to accomodations. Depending on what your dream elopement looks like, you could spend the surrounding days sleeping in:

  • A Tent Under The Stars
  • A Yurt
  • A Tiny Cabin
  • An A-Frame
  • A Luxury Cabin
  • A Historic Hotel
  • An All-Inclusive Resort

That list only scratches the surface! Depending on where you decide to elope, we are happy to give you suggestions on great places to stay to really make your elopement memorable.

colorado packing list

We all pack differently and need different items in our bag to feel comfortable on a trip. Maybe you are heading into the mountains from Denver, or maybe you are coming from the East Coast. Some of us are “carry on only” people, and some of us are “3 suitcases, a backpack, and a personal item” people. No matter what type of person you are, here are a few things we suggest keeping in every bag:

  • SUNSCREEN!! Even in the winter, wear your sunscreen in Colorado.
  • Chapstick! The air is very dry here. Your skin will be very thirsty.
  • A water bottle
  • Altitude sickness meds if you need them
  • Layers! We can experience any season at any time. It’s always good to have layers just in case the snow decides to pay us a visit.
  • Good adventure shoes!
  • If you’re hiking, bring a backpack and a headlamp

What about a winter elopement?

If you’re looking for a winter wonderland for your Colorado elopement, you’re going to want to stay warm and cozy. Here is where you can start with winter gear:

  • Fleece lined leggings – check out our favorite here
  • Hand warmers
  • GOOD gloves
  • Merino wool base layers
  • Warm, thick socks
  • Packable jackets – or you can get matching jackets like this couple did!
  • The standard items – hat, scarf, layers

biggest tips for colorado

You made an epic choice deciding to elope in Colorado. When it comes to HOW to elope in Colorado, my biggest piece of advice is to BE FLEXIBLE. Colorado deals some wild cards when it comes to weather. It’s not uncommon to have a blizzard, mudslide, or a wildfire. This can (and has) impact your elopement plans and push you to swap to a “plan B” location or date. You are at the mercy of the mountains, so embrace it! Be flexible and have a back up plan.

Additionally, wear sunscreen, drink water. and cheers to you for deciding to elope in colorful colorado.

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We would love to go on an adventure with you! Michael and I are a traveling adventure elopement photo, video, + planning team. We chase loving souls and deep emotion, and we go wherever the wind takes us. Check out our blogs below for recent work, or reach out to plan your epic day. We can’t wait to get you in front of our lens!

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How To Elope In Colorado – Your Rocky Mountain Elopement Guide

  1. Naomi Levit says:

    This is such a helpful and detailed guide for couples who want to elope in the Rocky Mountains! Wow! I love all of the shots that go with each location. This is awesome!

  2. Brandi says:

    Absolutely beautiful work! And you had me sold when you said my dog could sign my marriage license! Haha its perfect!

  3. Kat says:

    Wow, this is a SUPER extensive guide on everything you could need to know about eloping in the area. I really like that you have people of all ages shown, too!

  4. This guide for eloping in Colorado is so comprehensive! I love all the photos and location variety that is shown as well as all the helpful information.

  5. Tessa Klingensmith says:

    I can see why Colorado is the perfect destination for elopements! There are so many beautiful locations! Thank you for sharing this guide, it is so helpful for couples planning their wedding day!

  6. Stacy says:

    Colorado is an amazing place to elope and this is an extremely helpful resource! I love how you organized everything and the photos are incredible. This is such a helpful guide for anyone wanting to elope in Colorado.

  7. Naomi Levit says:

    Colorado is such an epic location to elope! Love all the locations you shared. I’m dying to travel there now!

  8. Ann Marie says:

    Amazing guide!! And how do you choose? Colorado is so beautiful! Such great info, love the organization and all the nitty gritty details. Love this!

  9. Marta says:

    This is such a great and thorough Colorado elopement guide! Definitely love all of those locations!

  10. Leo says:

    This is an amazing resource for couples in their planning stages. I love that you have shared the challenges of each location as that’s not commonly talked about, but helps us know you have our best interests at heart. Thanks for sharing.

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