Here is a list of 5 of my favorite locations to elope that are within 2 hours of Denver!
Chautauqua Park is one of my favorite spots! It has a great view of the Flatirons and requires very little hiking to get to some gorgeous scenery! One downside is that it is a busy destination, so if you are looking for a lot of privacy, this may not be your first choice (though it is possible to sneak off from the crowds a bit). The easy drive in and minimal hiking makes this a great choice year-round regardless of the season. Chautauqua Park is a part of Boulder Open Spaces, which means it will require a permit to take pictures. The pricing can vary depending on how many people you are planning to include in your elopement, but this is something I am happy to help you figure out and secure!
While Red Rocks is mostly known as a concert venue, it also makes for an unforgettable spot for an elopement! Whether you want to do a lot of hiking or none, there are a variety of trail options for you to choose from that result in spectacular views of the surrounding red sandstone formations. If you are planning to have 5 people or less (including your photographer) you do not need a permit here. If you are wanting to take any photos in the amphitheater, a permit is required.
Sapphire Point Overlook in Dillon, CO is another great location with stunning views. This spot overlooks Lake Dillon, provides a breathtaking mountain backdrop, and requires no hiking! While there is no fee to take pictures here, the lookout can also be reserved for a two-hour period of time for $110. The space can hold up to 35 people if you choose to include family and friends on your big day! Unfortunately, reserving this space does not prevent people from accessing the overlook during your ceremony, though you will often find people are pretty respectful. Since this can be a very busy location, I would highly recommend a weekday if you are interested in this as your destination.
This is one of my favorite hidden gems in Colorado! Located about an hour west of Boulder, Brainard Lake has gorgeous views and requires no hiking at all! However, if you are looking to do some hiking, a second lake nearby makes for a moderately-intense, 5 mile (round-trip) hike! This location makes for an ideal summer or fall elopement destination, as access to Brainard Lake during the winter will require an additional hike to the lake as the parking lot is closed for the season. One other great benefit of this spot… no permit required! Though, you will need to secure an online reservation prior to your big day.
RMNP is full of stunning mountain views, lakes, and meadows! While elopements must take place in a designated area of the park and require a $300 permit, upon completion of the ceremony you can hike or drive to some of the other gorgeous areas in the park. RMNP has implemented a limit on the number of permits they give out for each month, but you can apply for your date up to a year early. Permits can go quickly so I recommend applying sooner rather than later! RMNP is also very strict about pets and they are not allowed on any trails, so if including your pet in your big day is important to you, this may not be your first choice.
This is just a small list of locations in Colorado for your elopement! Love one of the ones listed? Contact me today, and we can chat about planning your big day at one of these spots or at one of the other thousand beautiful locations in Colorado!