Best Places to Elope in Montana - Courtney Lynn

Best Places to Elope in Montana

I might be biased, but I think Montana is the greatest place to elope! If you’re searching for adventure and everything outdoors then this is definitely the place for you. From the Switzerland of America (Glacier) to the vast and crowd-free Kootenai National Forest there is a place for everyone! I’ve put together a list of the Best Places to Elope in Montana so you can get a feel for what we got in this beautiful state!

But don’t worry! As an experienced Elopement Photographer, I’m here to guide you through planning out all the details and logistics of your day. You can learn more about what I do here.

One thing is for certain – You gotta lace up those hiking boots because 99% of the locations in Montana require hiking which I think is pretty dang cool. You know that means? Privacy! Your adventurous elopement in Montana will give you epic views all to yourself! So, without further ado, here are the best places to elope in Montana!

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Best Places to Elope in Montana

1. Glacier National Park

Chances are that when you think of Montana you think of the well-known Glacier National Park. Let’s be real – it’s well-known for a dang good reason! This park holds some of the most incredible views I’ve ever seen. It tops the cake as the prettiest national park in my book!

Filled incredible views, amazing hikes, and jaw-dropping glaciers this park is truly one of a kind. You can’t go wrong when choosing a place to elope here!

One thing to be aware of is that with such incredible hikes and views come the crowds. So, choosing the time of day and location you elope at is key! If you want to avoid lots of people then opt for a longer hike that will take you into the mountains and away from people.

I’ve written a complete guide on Glacier National Park Elopements so be sure to check it out!

2. Bozeman, Montana

Bozeman is loaded with beautiful locations for you to say your vows! Hyalite Reservoir would be a great option! It’s a beautiful lake surrounded by the mountains which creates the perfect backdrop!

One of the biggest highlights in Bozeman is the Gallatin National Forest. It’s home to stunning mountain views, rivers, wild animals, epic lakes and so much more! It’s a great place to go hiking for a private ceremony and all kinds of options for adventure! It’s no wonder that Bozeman is on this list of the best places to elope in Montana!

Near Bozeman is Big Sky which I have to mention! Big Sky is a gorgeous place to getaway. You can rent a cabin, go hiking, explore nature, take a ski lift up the mountains, and during winter you could hit the slopes if that’s your thing!

Best hiking trails for eloping in Bozeman:

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3. Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

This national forest is filled with stunning mountain views!! If you’re wanting to go on a hike for your day this place is filled with so many choices. You can go camping, canoeing down a river and explore the mountains and forest to your heart’s desire!

If you want fields of wildflowers then choosing to elope at the beginning of summer will be perfect for you! You’ll have pathways filled with flowers and everything will be glowing with green.

Best hiking trails for eloping in Lewis and Clark National Forest:

4. Lolo National Forest

Lolo National Forest is right outside of Missoula and is home to incredible hiking trails and mountain views. If you want to see a stunning amount of wildflowers definitely opt to elope here from April-July.

There is a vast amount of wildlife, dense forest, gorgeous lakes, and rivers creating the ultimate backdrop for your adventurous Montana elopement! If you’re looking for ultimate privacy during your elopement in Montana then this is a perfect place for you!

Best hiking trails for eloping in Lolo National Forest:

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5. Flathead National Forest

Flathead is home to rugged peaks creating an infinite skyline, beautiful lakes, and rivers perfect for rafting! There’s one of the easiest mountains to summit here, too! This forest is so vast that you’ll never run into crowds, get stuck in traffic jams, or rush to a trailhead to get parking. If you’re looking for similar views to Glacier, but want more privacy then this is the place for you!

There are campgrounds and remote cabins you can stay at for an epic adventure. Once you come here you’ll never want to leave! You could also hit up Flathead Lake and take a boat or canoe out to soak up the sun!

Best hiking trails for eloping in Flathead National Forest:

6. Kootenai National Forest

Kootenai is a great place to elope any time of the year and it’s no wonder it made the list of best places to elope in Montana. There is a large amount of hiking and backpacking trails perfect to find privacy and to have the epic views all to yourself! A few of the well-known scenic views are the Ross Creek Cedars and the Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge.

The gorgeous mountains and pristine blue lakes will provide you with an epic backdrop during your vows and throughout your entire adventure for your Montana Elopement!

Best hiking trails for eloping in Kootenai National Forest:

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The list of places to elope in Montana could go on and on, but this a great list to help you get started! There’s an endless amount of gorgeous hikes and locations in every area I mentioned.

If you’re searching for a Montana Elopement Photographer I would be so stoked to chat with you all about your elopement! I’ll help guide you through the entire planning process and help you pick out the best place for you to say your vows. I can’t wait to chat with you!

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She helped us plan EVERYTHING! Even down to the little details! She helped us narrow down where, giving us her informative opinions on each of our options! She gave us cool ideas that we could incorporate into our special day. No idea was too big! When the day came, we had the absolute best time exploring and getting married!

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"Planning for our day and the day itself would have been completely different without Courtney. We only knew that we wanted to share our vows in the Tuscan countryside and have beautiful photos, and Courtney planned the perfect agenda for that to happen.

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"Working with Courtney was an extremely easy experience, seamless, positive and obviously fun. My wife and I went on our honeymoon and wanted to surprise her with a surprise honeymoon adventure session.

Courtney worked with me to make that dream gift for my wife a reality. Meeting and posing for a photographer for the first time can be intimidating, but with Courtney it was anything but that.

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