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Our guide on how to
Elope in Colorado

Why Colorado is the perfect
location for your elopement

Why Colorado is the perfect location for your elopement

Adventures
Epic landscapes
and a good local craft beer. 

Colorado offers endless adventure from hiking up 14ers,
polar-plunging in high alpine lakes, to 4x4 on mountain roads, skiing
in the backcountry, or searching for a waterfall- there’s something for
everyone. Planning your Colorado elopement doesn’t need to be
stressful. We’ve compiled an entire guide to help you plan your
Colorado elopement with ease so you can enjoy every step of the
process.

This is everything you need to know for planning your Colorado
elopement from an avid Colorado adventurer’s perspective. From the
best hikes, what time of year, my favorite local vendors, Colorado
elopement packages, and everything in between.

Colorado offers endless adventure from hiking up 14ers, polar-plunging in high alpine lakes, to 4x4 on mountain roads, skiing in the backcountry, or searching for a waterfall- there’s something for everyone. Planning your Colorado elopement doesn’t need to be stressful. We’ve compiled an entire guide to help you plan your Colorado elopement with ease so you can enjoy every step of the process.

This is everything you need to know for planning your Colorado elopement from an avid Colorado adventurer’s perspective. From the best hikes, what time of year, my favorite local vendors, Colorado elopement packages, and everything in between.

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We believe that Colorado is one of the best places to elope on the
West coast if you love:

important note: 

Please follow all Leave No Trace principles and gather all of the necessary permits for your Colorado elopement.
Colorado is a beautiful and sacred space, so let’s keep it beautiful!

Please follow all Leave No Trace principles and gather all of the necessary permits for your Colorado elopement. Colorado is a beautiful and sacred space, so let’s keep it beautiful!

A marriage license costs $30.

Every elopement costs differently according to what each
couple prioritizes. Some may choose to splurge on doing
an epic experience like a helicopter tour or gondola ride,
while some may stick to just hiking. Some may want to
bring some sandwiches to eat, while some may want to hire
a private chef.

A marriage license costs $30.

Every elopement costs differently according to what each couple prioritizes. Some may choose to splurge on doing an epic experience like a helicopter tour or gondola ride, while some may stick to just hiking. Some may want to bring some sandwiches to eat, while some may want to hire a private chef.

How much does
it cost to elope
in Colorado?

In general, eloping in
Colorado can range anywhere
from as little as $30 towards
$20,000, with most of the
budget going towards
photography, video, and
planning services.

Can you marry
yourselves in
Colorado?

One of the coolest parts about eloping in Colorado is that you CAN marry
yourselves through self-solemnization. This means that you don’t need an
officiant or any witnesses. That also means that your furry friends can put their
paw print on your marriage license and “sign” as your witness. We think that
this is one of the funnest parts about eloping in Colorado. It also means that it’s
even easier to have a “just the two of you” elopement experience.

One of the coolest parts about eloping in Colorado is that you CAN marry yourselves through self-solemnization. This means that you don’t need an officiant or any witnesses. That also means that your furry friends can put their paw print on your marriage license and “sign” as your witness. We think that this is one of the funnest parts about eloping in Colorado. It also means that it’s even easier to have a “just the two of you” elopement experience.

YES!

Do you need an officiant
to get married in Colorado?

Do you need an officiant to get married in Colorado?

You do not need an officiant to get married in Colorado, but you still absolutely can
if you want to! You have both options for your Colorado marriage license

What is the best
time to visit and
elope in Colorado?

One thing about visiting and eloping in Colorado is that the weather can be tricky,
unpredictable, and vastly different than most other states in the country. The
mountainous terrain creates inversions that drastically change the temperatures
depending on the area. Elevation also plays a huge role when it comes to the weather!
One of the perks about eloping in Colorado is that there are 300 sunny days a year, so
even if there’s snow on the ground it can still be nice and sunny! Let’s chat about what
eloping in Colorado could look like depending on each season.

One thing about visiting and eloping in Colorado is that the weather can be tricky, unpredictable, and vastly different than most other states in the country. The mountainous terrain creates inversions that drastically change the temperatures depending on the area. Elevation also plays a huge role when it comes to the weather! One of the perks about eloping in Colorado is that there are 300 sunny days a year, so even if there’s snow on the ground it can still be nice and sunny! Let’s chat about what eloping in Colorado could look like depending on each season.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT EACH SEASON?

Glad you asked! 

winter

november - february

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spring

march - may

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summer

june - august

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fall

september - october

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A Winter Colorado Elopement

november - february

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Winters in Colorado typically mean lots of
snow, but with a good amount of sunshine.
In the mountains you can expect large
amounts of snow with some mountain passes
being closed. Depending on the exact region,
highs can be in the 20s-30s and lows in the
single digits. This means that layers are
absolutely necessary and breaks to warm up
by the fireplace are welcomed!

Eloping in Colorado in the winter may be an
awesome idea if you love frozen lakes,
snowshoeing or skiing, or the solitude on trails
that are normally swarming with tourists in the
warmer months.

Winters in Colorado typically mean lots of snow, but with a good amount of sunshine. In the mountains you can expect large amounts of snow with some mountain passes being closed. Depending on the exact region, highs can be in the 20s-30s and lows in the single digits. This means that layers are absolutely necessary and breaks to warm up by the fireplace are welcomed!

Eloping in Colorado in the winter may be an awesome idea if you love frozen lakes, snowshoeing or skiing, or the solitude on trails that are normally swarming with tourists in the warmer months.

A Spring Colorado Elopement

March-May

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Spring in Colorado doesn’t look like the typical
Spring in other parts of the country, and it’s highly
unpredictable. One day it may be warm without a
cloud in sight and the next there may be multiple
feet of snow on the ground, and then that snow
can be melted within 24 hours- it’s crazy! In some
places in Colorado, May is the snowiest month of
the year.

Temperatures do start to warm up and the
waterfalls may be flowing so it is still an incredible
time to elope in Colorado. Just be prepared for all
weather scenarios!

Spring in Colorado doesn’t look like the typical Spring in other parts of the country, and it’s highly unpredictable. One day it may be warm without a cloud in sight and the next there may be multiple feet of snow on the ground, and then that snow can be melted within 24 hours- it’s crazy! In some places in Colorado, May is the snowiest month of the year.

Temperatures do start to warm up and the waterfalls may be flowing so it is still an incredible time to elope in Colorado. Just be prepared for all weather scenarios!

A Summer Colorado Elopement

June-August

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Summer is by far the most popular time to visit and
elope in Colorado. Some mountains may still have
snow, but most of the state won’t get many more
snowstorms. Instead, you can expect almost daily
rainstorms, often referred to as monsoons. These
are typically short spurts of rain that come and go
quickly, so don’t be too worried about them!

We love summer elopement in Colorado because
the mountains are open for hiking, the wildflowers
come out, and it’s just absolutely gorgeous. 

Summer is by far the most popular time to visit and elope in Colorado. Some mountains may still have snow, but most of the state won’t get many more snowstorms. Instead, you can expect almost daily rainstorms, often referred to as monsoons. These are typically short spurts of rain that come and go quickly, so don’t be too worried about them!

We love summer elopement in Colorado because the mountains are open for hiking, the wildflowers come out, and it’s just absolutely gorgeous. 

A Fall Colorado Elopement

September-October

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Fall is a short, beautiful season in Colorado.
Temperatures and crowds of tourists start to
decrease a bit and you can find red and
golden groves of trees in the mountains. The
cooler temperatures also open the possibility
of snow, but not typically big snowstorms.

We love fall elopements in Colorado so
much- it’s the perfect combination of
adventure and coziness. 

Fall is a short, beautiful season in Colorado. Temperatures and crowds of tourists start to decrease a bit and you can find red and golden groves of trees in the mountains. The cooler temperatures also open the possibility of snow, but not typically big snowstorms.

We love fall elopements in Colorado so much- it’s the perfect combination of adventure and coziness.

Things to do on your Colorado elopement

HIKING

SKIING

Jeeping/4x4ing

Rock-climbing

River rafting

Kayaking

Gondola Rides

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Snowshoeing

Horseback Riding

...and the list goes on!

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Places to elope in Colorado

Rocky Mountains: Fort Collins, Boulder, & Estes Park 

Colorado Springs

Aspen

San Juan Mountains: Telluride, Ouray, & Silverton

Breckenridge

01.

Eloping in the Rocky Mountains: Fort Collins, Boulder, & Estes Park

Located less than two hours north of Denver, the Rocky Mountains are full of adventure waiting to happen! When most
people think of eloping in Colorado, they usually think of eloping in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Rocky
Mountains are beyond beautiful, but the national park has become a difficult place to elope due to limited permits and
busy crowds! We suggest eloping at a more off-the-beaten in the mountains to have the perfect mix of breathtaking
views, without the tourists. We can help find one of these spots for your Colorado elopement. Contact us now for an
elopement consult.

Rocky Mountain Elopement Lodging: We suggest staying in Fort Collins, Boulder, or Estes Park for your elopement in the
rocky mountains. These are all fairly large towns with tons of lodging to choose from, and are super close to tons of
different hiking locations. We especially recommend getting a private cabin in the woods to relax and unwind after
your day full of adventures.

Located less than two hours north of Denver, the Rocky Mountains are full of adventure waiting to happen! When most people think of eloping in Colorado, they usually think of eloping in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Rocky Mountains are beyond beautiful, but the national park has become a difficult place to elope due to limited permits and busy crowds! We suggest eloping at a more off-the-beaten in the mountains to have the perfect mix of breathtaking views, without the tourists. We can help find one of these spots for your Colorado elopement. Contact us now for an elopement consult.

Rocky Mountain Elopement Lodging: We suggest staying in Fort Collins, Boulder, or Estes Park for your elopement in the rocky mountains. These are all fairly large towns with tons of lodging to choose from, and are super close to tons of different hiking locations. We especially recommend getting a private cabin in the woods to relax and unwind after your day full of adventures. 

next: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

Drive Time from Denver Airport: Less than 2 Hours

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Places to elope in Colorado

02.

Eloping in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs is just 1.5 hours south of Denver and offers a lot of versatility for your elopement experience! There
are beautiful mountains, including the famous Pikes Peak, the red rocks at Garden of the Gods, lakes, and generally a
bit warmer and drier than other parts of the state. The Springs is a perfect place for your elopement if you love hiking,
kayaking, climbing, rafting, horseback riding, and so much more! This is a great location if you’re having a hard time
choosing between red rocks and mountains- it’s the best of both worlds.

Colorado Springs Elopement Lodging: Colorado Springs offers a variety of places for you to stay during your elopement
experience. Our personal favorite thing to do is to stay in one of the little mountain towns just outside of the Springs, to
get away from all of the traffic that the city brings. There are tons of Airbnbs offering cabins of all sizes, as well as more
unique stays like yurts and tiny homes! You also can’t go wrong staying at a cozy lodge! 

Colorado Springs is just 1.5 hours south of Denver and offers a lot of versatility for your elopement experience! There are beautiful mountains, including the famous Pikes Peak, the red rocks at Garden of the Gods, lakes, and generally a bit warmer and drier than other parts of the state. The Springs is a perfect place for your elopement if you love hiking, kayaking, climbing, rafting, horseback riding, and so much more! This is a great location if you’re having a hard time choosing between red rocks and mountains- it’s the best of both worlds.

Colorado Springs Elopement Lodging: Colorado Springs offers a variety of places for you to stay during your elopement experience. Our personal favorite thing to do is to stay in one of the little mountain towns just outside of the Springs, to get away from all of the traffic that the city.

next: Aspen, Colorado

Drive Time from Denver Airport: 1.5 Hour Drive

Colorado Springs

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Places to elope in Colorado

03.

Eloping in Aspen, Colorado

Home to one of the most photographed peaks in North America, the Maroon Bells, Aspen is a beautiful mountain town
home to year-round adventure! It is almost 4 hours west of Denver so if you’re down for a mini road trip, this could be
an incredible place for your elopement! There is so much to do beyond just hiking, from mountain biking, to skiing, to
rock-climbing, to paragliding, to gondola rides- there is so much to do in this town! Fall is especially amazing due to the
abundance of aspen and birch in the mountains. We love the charm of this town!

Aspen Elopement Lodging: One of the perks about eloping in Aspen is that there are tons of options for lodging ranging
from camping to 5 star lodges. If staying in a lodge is more up your alley, totally do that! We love finding cabins in the
woods that create a great home base that is super cozy after your adventure! You can’t go wrong with pitching a tent or
bringing a camper van to aspen though, especially in the summertime!

Home to one of the most photographed peaks in North America, the Maroon Bells, Aspen is a beautiful mountain town home to year-round adventure! It is almost 4 hours west of Denver so if you’re down for a mini road trip, this could be an incredible place for your elopement! There is so much to do beyond just hiking, from mountain biking, to skiing, to rock-climbing, to paragliding, to gondola rides- there is so much to do in this town! Fall is especially amazing due to the abundance of aspen and birch in the mountains. We love the charm of this town!

Aspen Elopement Lodging: One of the perks about eloping in Aspen is that there are tons of options for lodging ranging from camping to 5 star lodges. If staying in a lodge is more up your alley, totally do that! We love finding cabins in the woods that create a great home base that is super cozy after your adventure! You can’t go wrong with pitching a tent or bringing a camper van to aspen though, especially in the summertime!

next: San Juan Mountains, co

Drive Time from Denver Airport: 4 hour Drive

Aspen

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Places to elope in Colorado

04.

Eloping in the San Juan Mountains: Telluride, Ouray, & Silverton

The San Juan Mountains are by far one of our favorite places to adventure in Colorado, one of the less visited and totally underrated. These
mountains feel just as incredible as the Rockies, but do require more of a drive to get to them! Our personal favorite mountain towns in the San
Juans are Telluride, Ouray, and Silverton. You can find tons of hiking trails, 4x4 mountain passes (our favorites!!), waterfalls, river-rafting, soaking
in hot springs, and places to rock climb. These towns are awesome to visit year around but our favorite time is Fall- you cannot go wrong with
seeing those golden leaves! If you’re down to adventure and you want a more private location, the San Juans are for you!

San Juan Elopement Lodging: Like we mentioned, we suggest staying in Telluride, Silverton, Ouray, or Durango for your elopement in the San
Juans. These are all small mountain towns with great restaurants and lodging options. If you’re visiting in the summer we highly recommend
camping, but we also suggest renting a cabin in the woods. If you’re looking for a more high-end lodging experience, we highly recommend the
Dunton Hot Springs lodge- especially if you love hot springs as much as we do!

The San Juan Mountains are by far one of our favorite places to adventure in Colorado, one of the less visited and totally underrated. These mountains feel just as incredible as the Rockies, but do require more of a drive to get to them! Our personal favorite mountain towns in the San Juans are Telluride, Ouray, and Silverton. You can find tons of hiking trails, 4x4 mountain passes (our favorites!!), waterfalls, river-rafting, soaking in hot springs, and places to rock climb. These towns are awesome to visit year around but our favorite time is Fall- you cannot go wrong with seeing those golden leaves! If you’re down to adventure and you want a more private location, the San Juans are for you!

San Juan Elopement Lodging: Like we mentioned, we suggest staying in Telluride, Silverton, Ouray, or Durango for your elopement in the San Juans. These are all small mountain towns with great restaurants and lodging options. If you’re visiting in the summer we highly recommend camping, but we also suggest renting a cabin in the woods. If you’re looking for a more high-end lodging experience, we highly recommend the Dunton Hot Springs lodge- especially if you love hot springs as much as we do!

next: Breckenridge, colorado

Drive Time from Denver Airport: 6-7 Hour Drive
Drive Time from Grand Junction Airport: 2-3 Hour Drive

San Juan Mountains: Telluride, Ouray, & Silverton

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Places to elope in Colorado

05.

Eloping in Breckenridge

Breckenridge is one of the most well known adventure spots in Colorado, but for good reason. This mountain town is surrounded
by insanely beautiful 13ers and 14ers. We love that after a rad day of exploring that you can find a great brewery to enjoy a local
craft beer or cider. Some of our favorite things to do in Breckenridge is hiking or 4x4ing to high alpine lakes, rock-climbing,
gondola rides, and kayaking in the gorgeous lakes. It’s one of our favorite mountain towns in all of the US, and one of our favorite
places to document and plan elopements!

Breckenridge Elopement Lodging: We recommend staying nearby Breckenridge or in Dillon for your elopement to be close by
some awesome trails. There is some awesome camping in the mountains (even right next to some waterfalls!), as well as tons of
cabins and lodges to stay in near town. 

Breckenridge is one of the most well known adventure spots in Colorado, but for good reason. This mountain town is surrounded by insanely beautiful 13ers and 14ers. We love that after a rad day of exploring that you can find a great brewery to enjoy a local craft beer or cider. Some of our favorite things to do in Breckenridge is hiking or 4x4ing to high alpine lakes, rock-climbing, gondola rides, and kayaking in the gorgeous lakes. It’s one of our favorite mountain towns in all of the US, and one of our favorite places to document and plan elopements!

Breckenridge Elopement Lodging: We recommend staying nearby Breckenridge or in Dillon for your elopement to be close by some awesome trails. There is some awesome camping in the mountains (even right next to some waterfalls!), as well as tons of cabins and lodges to stay in near town. 

next: Rocky Mountains, co

 Drive Time from Denver Airport: 3 Hour Drive

Breckenridge

Base Elopement Photography,
& Planning Package

Starting at $5500

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Base Elopement Photography, Videography & Planning Package

Starting at $8000

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Colorado Elopement
Packages:

+ Offering 4 hour, 6 hour, 8 hour, 10 hour,
and 2 day packages

+ Unlimited planning assistance
including help with locations,
timeline building, permits, wedding
licenses, & more.

+ Exclusive list of location ideas
for your elopement

+Custom day of timeline & itinerary
+ Online gallery with your epic
photos & videos with personal
printing rights

+Includes all travel fees to
anywhere within ColoradO

+ Offering 6 hour, 8 hour, 10 hour, and 2 day packages

+ Unlimited planning assistance including help with locations, timeline building, permits, wedding licenses, & more.

+ Exclusive list of location ideas for your elopement

+Custom day of timeline & itinerary

+ Online gallery with your epic photos & videos with personal printing rights

+Includes all travel fees to anywhere within ColoradO

Let’s hit the road,
adventurous lovers

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WILD AND ALIVE.

We’ll never forget how it felt when we snuck away from our big wedding and disappeared
into the forest for a few stolen moments together in nature. It was like we were the only
two people on earth, that’s how cinematically beautiful and heart-crushingly intimate it
was.

It shook us up so much, we now help other spirited couples craft a whole elopement
adventure around that feeling of raw intimacy. Along for the wild ride with you, we’ll
capture candid photographs and film vignettes of all the authentic, tender, hilarious,
breathtaking, thrilling, and stripped-back moments that make your day YOUR day.

It’s just you and the love of your life having a helluva good time, against the backdrop of
one of the most ruggedly gorgeous locations in the Western United States. Ready to hatch a
wild plan? We’re game!

We’re Chad
& Caitlyn

WE’RE READY IF YOU ARE!

We’ll never forget how it felt when we snuck away from our big wedding and disappeared into the forest for a few stolen moments together in nature. It was like we were the only two people on earth, that’s how cinematically beautiful and heart-crushingly intimate it was.

It shook us up so much, we now help other spirited couples craft a whole elopement adventure around that feeling of raw intimacy. Along for the wild ride with you, we’ll capture candid photographs and film vignettes of all the authentic, tender, hilarious, breathtaking, thrilling, and stripped-back moments that make your day YOUR day.

It’s just you and the love of your life having a helluva good time, against the backdrop of one of the most ruggedly gorgeous locations in the Western United States. Ready to hatch a wild plan? We’re game!

Ready to get started planning?

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