Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Tips | Colorado Elopement Photographer


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Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Tips | Colorado Elopement Photographer

Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Tips

Colorado is truly an incredible and beautiful state so it is no surprise that couples from all over travel to Colorado to Elope! While there are many many places to visit and get married Rocky Mountain National Park is by far the most popular, because of the insanely beautiful scenery. However, there are some things one must know before eloping in the park so here are my Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Tips!

Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement | Colorado Elopement Photographer

Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Tips

1. Special Use Permit

First of all, you will need to obtain a Special Use Permit. This permit costs $200 and you may get one up to a year before your big day. Before you apply be sure you figure out how many people will be at your ceremony including the officiant, photographer, videographer, etc. Also, when you get a permit it doesn’t give you exclusive access to the site so there is a high chance that there will be other people checking out the sites as you say your vows. Please note that not all permits get approved. If you want to apply for a permit or want more information click >here<.

2. Embrace the Weather

If you opt to have an elopement in the Colorado mountains be sure to prepare yourself for anything! There have been plenty of days that started off 70 degrees and beautiful and ended up pouring rain. So, especially in the mountains be sure to expect rain, wind, sun and snow! So, how do you prepare for this? Definitely bring or wear jackets and layers.

3. Pick Your Season

While all the seasons in Rocky Mountain National Park are different they are all beautiful. During the winter it will be quite cold, but there will be less people in the park so it will be more peaceful. The mountains are covered in snow and you will definitely need to wear your winter boots. You also may need a vehicle with 4WD to travel certain roads as they will be slick with snow and ice. If you opt for a winter elopement you could also include skiing or snowboarding as part of your day if you both enjoy winter sports!

Spring will be a bit more green, but there will definitely still be snow. When it gets to late spring flowers will start to pop up and the weather won’t be as crazy. Trail Ridge Road will open up at some point depending on how much snow there is, but it is typically open by Memorial Day.

The summer is simply beautiful. It will be warm, but it is usually isn’t too hot. This is for sure the most popular time to elope here as well! The park will be busy with people and the wildlife will be out, but July through September is also Monsoon season so you must be prepared for a sudden down pour.

Autumn there will be lots of color, but the higher you are the sooner fall comes around. The leaves will can start to change as soon as Labor day and they are typically gone by October and after that be prepared for snow at any time!

4. Leave No Trace

If you have never heard of the Leave No Trace principles then it’s time you know what they are. To keep it short, don’t leave your trash everywhere, pick up after yourself and respect the wildlife and nature. For more details and info click >here<.

I hope this will help you to start planning your Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement! If you are searching for an elopement photographer in Colorado I would love to chat with you and help you map out your dream elopement! You can contact me >HERE< and I look forward to chatting with you!

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  1. Abbi Hearne

    April 22nd, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Wow this is so so so beautiful!!

  2. Nora Logue

    April 22nd, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    This is so informative! And appreciate you mentioning Leave No Trace. So important!

  3. Caroline Smith

    April 22nd, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Such awesome tips! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jodi

    April 22nd, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Super helpful!

  5. Farrah

    April 22nd, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks so much for mentioning LNT! It’s so important and often overlooked! Great tips!

  6. Clarissa Wylde

    April 22nd, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Great tips for anybody looking to elope in beautiful RMNP!

  7. Justyna Butler

    April 23rd, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Those tips are 100 percent my friend!!! All of them!

  8. Agnes

    April 23rd, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Leave no trace – that’s a big one! i’ve been to some great local spots in Seattle, WA area and so often you see people leave trash after their shoots (confetti, popped balloons etc). Makes me so sad! Love that tip.

  9. Magdalena GÅ‚owacka

    April 24th, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Very useful article. If I ever get married that will be so helpful and I would dream about elopement like this.

  10. Meg O'Neill

    April 24th, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Great tips for exploring RMNP! You definitely need to embrace the weather here and just have fun with it!

  11. Malachi Lewis

    April 25th, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Rocky Mountain National Park is such an amazing elopement location!

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