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Best Places to Elope In Colorado

I’m about to dive into the best places to elope in Colorado! Are you thinking about eloping in Colorado but have no clue where to elope and stay? Then hang around because I hike, camp, and photograph elopements all around this glorious state and am an awesome resource! If you’re planning to elope in Colorado, chances are you’re coming to have a great honeymoon or mini-moon, too! It’s so important to choose an awesome basecamp so you two can have some more awesome adventures after you’re married. Let’s get into the best places to elope in Colorado:

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Breckenridge

A lot of people come to Colorado specifically to visit Breckenridge. Breckenridge is a quick drive from Denver so if you wanted to stay in Denver, Breck is the perfect spot for a day trip. Breckenridge is a top location all year long! There are amazing things to do in the summer like hiking, mountain biking, off-roadings and the winter is full of skiing, snowshoeing, ice-fishing!

Awesome Trails in Breckenridge: 

  • Sawmill Trail
  • Hoosier Pass Loop
  • Burro Trail
  • Aspen Alley
  • Blue Lakes 

Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is a larger town in the front-range that has amazing mountain access! If you want an amazing basecamp while staying super close to awesome adventures, you should definitely consider eloping around there! Between Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, and a variety of parks and trails within the city, you won’t get bored. You can also easily do a day trip to Breckenridge and Buena Vista (two of my favorite places in the state)!

Hikes in Colorado Springs:

  • Palmer Trail (Section 16)
  • Mt. Muscoco
  • Mt. Cutler
  • Pulpit Rock
  • Captain Jacks Peak

Estes Park

Estes Park is widely known because of Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park is the gateway to the park and many people who choose to adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park find lodging in Estes Park! Estes Park is a cute little mountain town with lots of wildlife and gorgeous views. Estes Park is a great option because you can explore Rocky Mountain National Park all day without having to drive very far to the trailheads. The park fills up very quickly so it’s very important to get an early start to avoid crowds and take advantage of the limited parking!

Rocky Mountain National Park requires a $300 permit that needs to be processed through the park system, you can access more information regarding that here.

Pro Tip: Bear Lake parking lot fills up SO QUICKLY! When you are Rocky Mountain National Park adventuring, it is so important for you to get an early start. Unless you don’t mind sharing trails with a ton of people and catching the shuttle.

Note: If you are looking forward to eloping in Colorado and bringing your dogs along, Estes Park isn’t the place to stay. Rocky Mountain National Park does not allow dogs on any of the trails.

Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park:

  • Sprague Lake Loop
  • Bear Lake
  • Dream Lake
  • Trail Ridge Road (A scenic drive)
  • The Loch
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Vail

Vail is another awesome mountain town at the base of Vail Mountain! Just like with Breckenridge, there are awesome activities all year round! You’ll have no problem finding an awesome rental or an epic hike in this area, which makes sense because Vail is only about 45 minutes from Breckenridge. Vail is a more up-scale location so that that into consideration if you are stuck picking between Breckenridge and Vail. That being said, you can’t go wrong with either!

Hikes in Vail:

  • Upper Piney River Falls
  • Berrypicker Trail
  • Booth Falls
  • Pitkin Lake
  • Gore Lake

Crested Butte

Crested Butte is my favorite town in Colorado–definitely tops my list of best places to elope in Colorado! It’s a further drive from Denver International Airport but it is SO worth it. Crested Butte is the cutest town ever with the nicest people. It is home to some of the best skiing in the state and a huge map of nordic trails. Crested Butte also hosts an annual wildflower festival (yes, you read that right) and has the largest aspen grove in the world. If you are planning on eloping in the summer or fall, this would be the place I recommend first. The beauty is unmatched and, since it’s a little drive from the front range, you’re going to have less people around which is always a treat.

Hikes in Crested Butte:

  • Judd Falls
  • Lower Lupine Loop
  • Mt Crested Butte
  • Green Lake (near town)
  • Mt. Teocalli 
  • Whetstone Vista Loop
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Telluride

Telluride is the second on my list of best places to elope in Colorado! Telluride is known for its world class skiing and outrageously epic outdoor activities. When I tell you that this place is magical, I mean it. Telluride is nestled at the end of a canyon in the middle of the San Juan Mountains, the most beautiful place in the whole state. There are so many gorgeous places that are accessible by foot or by car!

You can fly directly into the Telluride Airport or into the airport in Montrose, Colorado and make the scenic ~1 hour drive into town. Flying into Denver is another option but you’d have to drive for 6+ hours. Worth it, of course. But it’s definitely something to keep in mind.

Hikes in Telluride:

  • Jud Wiebe Trail
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Bear Creek Falls
  • Cornet Creek Falls
  • Via Ferrata
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Aspen

Home of the Maroon Bells, Aspen is an awesome spot for people who want a luxurious experience coupled with a wide variety of outdoor fun. With Independence Pass nearby, there are lots of nearby places to hike and explore! The town is full of bomb views and awesome ways to pamper yourself after a day of adventures.

Hikes in Aspen:

  • Crater Lakes Trail
  • Cathedral Lake
  • American Lake
  • Linkins Lake
  • Lost Man Lakes

Okay, you guys! I hope that list of the best places to elope in Colorado was helpful! It’s really hard to go wrong with any of the towns on this list but I hope you find one that is perfect for you and how you envision your time in Colorado!

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