While a drop-dead gorgeous wedding with all the bells and whistles can be great, it can also get pretty expensive and time consuming. Large elaborate weddings are wonderful, but they are not for everyone.
If you’re someone who isn’t dying to have all the traditional aspects of a wedding day and is looking to have a smaller, more intimate ceremony with the love of your life, why not elope? And what better place to elope than the various jaw-dropping locations across the Colorado landscape?
Check out our ultimate list of places to elope in Colorado, and find the perfect place to say your “I do’s”!
The striking boulders and red rocks of the Garden of the Gods make a variety of stunning backdrops for an elopement wedding. Not only is this place a registered National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs, but it’s also free and open to the public year-round!
Whether you’re an adventurous couple who love the dry, high-desert look or you both love hiking and rock-climbing, this is a beautiful spot for a small ceremony.
Looking for the right place to have a spring or summer elopement? Look no further!
The Denver Botanical Gardens are absolutely beautiful, and contain a variety of natural settings and modern designs. From a Garden of the West to gardens inspired by foreign countries, you’re bound to find something you love for an elopement here.
They also have a second location on Chatfield Farms, if you’d like to take a look at that as well!
Declare your love on the top of the world — or, well, above Colorado Springs, anyway.
Pikes Peak is at over 14,000 feet in elevation and is one of the most visited peaks in North America. Although very popular, it is for good reason. Just check out the view you could have for a mountaintop elopement!
This one is perfect for those who love the mountain air, heights, hiking or adventure in general. You could even take the Cog Railway up to the peak!
Looking for something a little closer to the city with a classic/vintage look? Consider eloping at the Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast near Denver’s City Park and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. Built in 1889 and family owned, this building has a a lot to offer for couples looking to elope.
Not only do they offer wedding packages specifically for elopements, you can even have your first honeymoon stay at the B&B!
Where the mountains meet the…lake? The Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon is absolutely gorgeous for elopements. Between the lake itself, waterfalls, mountains, cliffs and gardens, there’s few other places in Colorado quite as scenic as this for an intimate ceremony.
If you love the outdoors, hiking, trails, and scenery galore, Rocky Mountain National Park has it all. And with over 415 square miles of land, there are countless areas for you to find and make your own. While some areas along the roads may be crowded during certain times of the year, you can find areas that are a little more intimate and secluded along the hiking trails (over 300 miles in total length!).
In the heart of downtown, many know of the building from the outside, but on the inside is a romantic and historic venue just perfect for small events and elopements. This location gives you a little mix of urban flare and vintage, with a spice of modern added in.
I know, I know . . . desert sands are probably not at the top of your list when it comes to places to elope, but there is something truly unique and daring about them!
If you were to elope at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, try going for a boho, western or ancient times look and feel! You might also want to check out these desert wedding/elopement ideas on Pinterest!
A Few More Ideas…
Not sold on anything yet? No worries! Here are some other ideas to consider:
- Panorama Point, Denver
- Lookout Mountain, Golden
- Brookside Gardens, Berthoud
- Ski Resorts in Colorado
- A Local Courthouse in Colorado
Looking for the perfect photographer to capture it all? Contact Katogenic Photography!
All wedding ceremonies — even elopements — ought to be captured. After all, you should have something to remember the day by! These memories are ones you’ll want to keep for years to come, so hire a photographer who loves bringing these moments to life in truly artistic, genuine images!
Reach out to Katogenic Photography for your elopement photography needs! We also have special packages made just for elopements. Send us a message, tell us about your elopement ideas and let us create images you’ll cherish forever.