Estes Park Elopement Photographer | Estes Park Elopement Tips


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Estes Park Elopement Photographer | Estes Park Elopement Tips

Estes Park is the absolute perfect place in Colorado to elope! It hits all the marks with its scenic beauty, trails, wildlife, and more. It’s also easily accessible from the Denver airport and has plenty of lodging and dining options too. All of this will easily make your Estes Park Elopement a one stop shop for an intimate wedding!

There is no limit to planning your elopement in Estes Park. You can decide to have the ceremony on a cliff, next to a lake, or even at a local restaurant, hotel, or event location. Your wedding can easily become an adventure by including horseback riding, hiking, snowshoeing, and more. Whatever you envision for your adventurous, special day is possible!

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Estes Park Elopement Photographer

Estes Park Highlights

  • Breathtaking scenic beauty
  • Small-town intimacy
  • Every season is perfect for an elopement
  • Easily accessible from the Denver airport
  • Discounts depending on the season
  • Endless adventure

Things You Should Know before Planning your Elopement at Estes Park

  • Specific locations – There are specific location where you are allowed to have a ceremony. Keep in mind, you can go other places for photos, just not the ceremony.
  • A permit is required – Estes Park is located in the Rocky Mountain National Park, which requires a permit to elope. The permit can be purchases up to a year in advance and is $250. You will need to know some important information to obtain a permit, and not all are approved. You can find out everything you need to know here about acquiring an elopement permit in the Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • All seasons are beautiful – There truly isn’t a bad time to elope in Estes Park. Each season has something beautiful to offer. From the snow in winter to the ideal temperatures of summer, there’s a perfect time for every couple.
  • Timing is key – Although every season is great for eloping in the mountains, it is important to know the best time of day for the ceremony. To ensure you capture the spectacular views of Estes Park, you will need to know what time of day is best for pictures! That’s where your photographer (I, Courtney) come in. Depending on the season, sunset timing is everything.
  • Backup plans are important – Getting married in Colorado is sure to be amazing, however, keep in mind that the weather can be unpredictable or change quickly. So just keep the weather in mind and have a backup plan. This may be something creative like leggings for under your dress!

Estes Park Elopement Locations

While there are plenty of options, I’ve touched on a few of my favorites! You can check out all the locations and their details here.

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3M Curve

Pros: There is always available parking, and multiple spots for the ceremony. You can also easily move around to get different views for photos.

Cons: It does require a little bit of walking, so I don’t recommend heels. There are also no restrooms.


Bear Lake Nature Trail

Pros: It is easily accessible and has restrooms.

Cons: It is the busiest trailhead, so there are always a lot of people.  


Copeland Lake (Wild Basin Area)

Pros: It is accessible by car and is one of the less busy areas.

Cons: There is a little bit of traffic since you can drive your car right there.


Lily Lake

Pros: This is an easy access location, with multiple ceremony sites (the Dock, the Trail, and the Southside Picnic Area).

Cons: A very busy location, with lots of people especially on the weekends.


Sprague Lake

Pros: This location is beautiful for photos, very easily accessible, and has restrooms.

Cons: It’s very busy and tends to become very muddy with rain or snow.


Upper Beaver Meadows

Pros: It is down a dirt road, so it makes it less busy. There are restrooms at the trailhead, along with lot of parking.

Cons: You cannot use this location in winter, because it’s closed.

No matter where you choose in Estes Park for your BIG day, you will not be disappointed. And if you’re needing a little more guidance, I would love to connect and help you turn your vision into your DREAM day. Contact me HERE to inquire about your elopement and I can’t wait to chat with you!

Check out these related blog posts!

Best Places to Elope in Rocky Mountain National Park

Reason to Elope in Colorado

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Tips for Eloping in a National Park

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