Size of elopement

These locations are geared towards just you and your best friend (& me of course!). If you have a bigger elopement group or micro-wedding, check out my micro-elopement location guide here

Self-Solemnize your elopement

In the state of Colorado, you can self-solemnize your own wedding. That means you don't need an officiant or witness unless you want one. You sign your own marriage license and turn it in. 

Deciding on a location

You need to think about what is important to you and what you image your scenery being. There are locations close to Denver for those who don't want to travel far. There are locations that are easy accessible and locations you can hike to! It's up to you! There are places that do not require reservations, but just remember they will not be private.

Some other things to think about when deciding on a location. Do you to bring in decor? Do you want a cake cutting? Do you want champagne/alcohol?

When to elope

If you can, elope on a week night. You get the gorgeous views and a beautiful sunset, without all the crowds. Weekends tend to be busier and most locations are not completely private. Also take into account the time of year. If you will be getting married November-May, keep in mind that you may have to be flexible with snow in the high country.

Travel/additional fees

Depending on location & distance from Denver additional fees or travel fees may apply. Some locations require additional permits for photographers to photograph there as well. Each location says, Modern Moments additional fees with a dollar amount. This is on top of the hourly price. Don't confuse this with rental fees for the sites. That is something you do on your own, I just try to provide you with the information. It will say if there is a venue rental fee or not.

Accessibility

Each location states accessibility. This is the time frame that I service these locations. Due to weather, some locations are not serviced in the winter. This does not mean that these locations aren't accessible at all, this is solely location that I do and do not service during the winter.

Public Park vs Rentals

People love getting outside in Colorado and people love to visit, making our parks very busy. It is hard to find a park that isn't busy. If you go with one of these options, just be prepared that you won't have a private area and there will be other people around you and possibly watching you. Avoid the weekends! Decor, food, and alcohol are typically an option. Renting a location doesn't have to be expensive, but gives you more privacy. There are locations for all price ranges

Locations

Bishop Castle

Rye, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: + $175

Venue Rental Fees: + $350

Bishop Castle brings a gorgeous mix of the outdoors with old world castle. The rental fee of $350 is considered a donation. The castle remains intact and is funded solely by donations. When you do a rental fee, the space isn't private, but they ensure no other weddings will be happening at the same time. There will be other guests there. But, this insanely gorgeous castle is something unique and one of my favorites for wedding photos.

Email: Daniel Bishop at dvbishop@comcast.net to book

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Boho Cabin

Idaho Springs, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: Yes $209 + per night

Accessibility; Year Round

This is an adorable creek side boho cabin which would be perfect for just the couple and private vows with a candle light dinner next to the river.

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Brainard Lake

Boulder/Nederland, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: $11

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: Summer only

This gorgeous lake location is very accessible and doesn't require any hiking

**Photo by J

Chautauqua Park

Boulder, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: Year Round

This is a busy park in Boulder but does offer a large grassy park perfect for ceremonies with a group. To my knowledge, you can bring in chairs and decor into the park without a permit but I'd double check with them. 

Cheesman Park

Denver, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: None

Accessibility: Year Round

This is a gorgeous park outside of downtown Denver. There is plenty of room to spread out for a ceremony under the trees. There is the white pavilion as pictured below. This is a public space, I am not positive about renting it out. So no permit/rental fees, but not private.

Coohills

Denver, Colorado

Modern Moments additional fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: Year Round

Coohill is a downtown restaurant that hosts events. The ultimate urban feel with a ceremony on the bridge followed by a sit down dinner for your intimate group.

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Crags Trail

Divide, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: + $100

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: Summer

5 mile moderate hike, significant up hill

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Fairgrounds Park

Loveland, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fee: None

Accessibility: Year Round

This is a cute park with picture perfect bridge in Loveland. Would be good for a micro-ceremony or elopement. There are pavilions on-site with picnic tables. You can rent the Pavilions through City of Lovelands website.

Fly'n B Park

Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: Yes/No

Accessibility: Year Round

This is a local small park in Highlands Ranch that has a small pond and a pavilion available for rent. Very sunny area, I would recommend evenings at this location.

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Garden of the Gods

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: Year Round

Garden of the Gods is an extremely popular location in Colorado Springs. If you are looking for somewhere a little more intimate, check out some of the other parks in the area. There is not permits or rental fees here. I have some of my favorite locations I can share with you. A few tips, absolutely avoid the weekends. You will spend more time trying to find parking and sitting in traffic, than shooting. It is so busy. Try to shoot for a week morning or evening. There is very minimal shade here, so early morning or sunset are best.

Green Mountain Falls Gazebo

Green Mountain, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: Year Round

This adorable gazebo is about 30 minutes outside of Colorado Springs. It rents for $100 per hour, with a 2 hour minimum.

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High Point Hide Away

Breckenridge, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: $100

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: June-October

This is an airbnb rental in Breckenridge for an intimate experience with a house to stay in. Features a hot tub. 

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Highland Haven Creekside Inn

Evergreen, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: Year Round

This adorable Evergreen Inn is only 45 minutes from Denver. You can stay here in one of their cottages as well as have your elopement or micro-ceremony. They have an indoor cabin if you'd like to have a ceremony or reception indoors that can accommodate around 20-25 people. They have two outdoor spaces as well. My favorite is the creekside Garden which has huge trees along the creek. By far, one of my favorite places on this list. They have an elopement package which starts at $850 which includes ceremony rental, bridal bouquet and boutonniere, champagne, and one night stay with breakfast in bed.

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Highlands Ranch Mansion

Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: Year Round

This is a gorgeous mansion and venue in Highlands Ranch, a suburb of Denver. This is an insanely expensive wedding venue. When they don't have events going on, their grounds are open to the public. This is a great place for a group that it will be just the two of them. No decor is allowed to be brought in. There is no rental fee. This is a public area for elopement pictures. Can exchange vows. Pictures can only be taken on the outside of the venue, not inside.

Hotel Teatro

Denver, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: Year Round

This is a gorgeous downtown Denver hotel with a cozy and intimate indoor space for a ceremony. Take all pictures inside or head outside into Downtown for some urban photos.

Hudson Gardens

Littleton, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: $150

Venue Rental Fees: Yes/No

Accessibility: Year Round

Hudson Gardens is a gorgeous area in Littleton. It is $150 for the photography permit day use for wedding pictures, which is where the additional fee comes from.

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Julia's Deck

Vail, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: + $125

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: June-October

This location has gorgeous views. It is a 0.4 mile easy walk to the deck. Call the Holy Cross Ranger District to reserve 970-827-5715

Long Lake

Boulder, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: $11

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: Summer only

This is an easy 1.8 mile hike that is absolutely gorgeous featuring water and mountain views. There is an $11 entrance fee into Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

Lost Gulch & Cathedral Park

Boulder, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: Year Round

Lost Gulch is a hugely popular location in Boulder. It is a relatively small area that is always very busy. If you would like to elope here, I would recommend a sunrise elopement. The location is typically littered with college kids all evening long every evening. Cathedral Park is right next to it and a little less busy but only has three parking spots, typically you can get a spot. This location is not currently allowing weekend use for weddings and photographers.

Loveland Pass Lake

Loveland, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: + $100

Venue Rental Fees: Special use permit required

Accessibility: Summer

Easy 0.8 mile high to a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains.

Marmot Burrow Amphitheatre

Pine, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: $100 fee

Accessibility: Year Round

This spot is only about 45 minutes outside of Denver in Staunton State Park. Since it is in a state park, there is an entrance fee per vehicle. There is a small picnic area not too far from the area. It will hold up to 60 people max. When you rent, you get the use of it for the entire day. Perfect for an elopement or micro-wedding. After your ceremony, take pictures through the park.

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Maven Hotel

Denver, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: Year Round

This gorgeous downtown hotel is perfect for an intimate ceremony and reception or elopement. Then enjoy the hotel and the downtown area afterwards! The Dairy Block is a super cute and fun area, and personally one of my favorites.


*The below image is not taken by Modern Moments, pulled from Here Comes the Guide listing.

Mount Falcon

Morrison, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: Year Round

Mount Falcon west trailhead is a beautiful trail with gorgeous views only about 30 minutes outside of Denver. There are covered picnic tables in this area. You can take pictures right near the parking lot for pretty views. You can go on a 1.5 hike to along tower trail or to eagle eye lookout.

NCAR Mesa Trail

Boulder, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: Year Round

I love this location because it is great for couples because it is a pretty unknown area in Boulder. Most people think of Chautauqua Park and Lost Gulch, but this is just as beautiful and much less crowded. No hiking is required, a small walk and comfy shoes are recommended

North Cheyenne Canyon #19 Pull Off

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: None

Accessibility: Year Round

This is a small pull off on the road in North Cheyenne Canyon Park, all pull off's are numbered. It stays shady all day, so you could shoot anytime. This is a smaller area, so it is recommended for just the couple. There are a couple picnic tables on-site

Olde Town Homestead

Arvada, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: Year Round

Want a country feel for your elopement? This livestock rescue farm would be perfect for you. Best yet, each event goes to help support over 50 rescued animals!

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Paint Mines

Calhan, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: $150

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: June-October

This is a unique experience for an elopement. This site should be for just the couples typically. Not decor or extras can be brought in. A 10-15 minute walk is required, so comfortable shoes are recommended. 

Panorama Point

Golden, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: + $50

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: June-November

Panorama point features gorgeous mountain views from the deck that you can reserve for two hours. You can bring in decor. Monday-Friday is $150 and Saturday/Sunday is $300

This is a state park, so a $9 entrance fee is required for each vehicle

Avoid lunch/middle of the day time as the deck will have harsh direct sunlight on you. Earlier morning or late afternoon/evening are best

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Pikes Peak

Modern Moments Additional Fees: + $150

Venue Rental Fees: $25 admin fee to apply + $15 vehicle entrance fee

Accessibility: Only summer months

Wedding ceremonies are not permitted on Pikes Peak Summit, but are permitted at Crystal Reservoir, Interpretive Overlook, Halway picnic grounds, Glen Cove, and Elk Park Trailhead. Have to fill out the special event application, $25. Pictures after the ceremony are permitted at summit.

Pictures below: 1) Crystal Reservoir 2) Elk Park Trailhead 3) Crystal Reservoir 4) Summit/top

Pine Valley Ranch

Pine, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: Yes/No

Accessibility: Year Round ***steep road leading to and from, would not travel if it has snowed recently

This is one of my favorite locations because it has such a variety of landscapes. It features a lake, a river, trees, picnic tables, and bridges. If it's just the two of you, you don't have to do any rentals here. There is also the option of renting the Gazebo.

Point Park

Grand Lake, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: + $300

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: June-October

You can rent this dock which features water and stunning mountain views. I would reach out to them about rental fee, their website says there is not one. One thing to note about this location is that pets are not allowed.

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Realization Point

Boulder, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: year round dependent on weather. No snowy times due to steep road

This location requires a 1.6 mile hike. It does get pretty steep at the end, but totally worth it for gorgeous views! Make sure to wear comfy shoes. There is limited parking here and a $5 parking in cash fee. This is an amazing alternative to Lost Gulch with similar views.

Really Blessed Wedding Venue

Cripple Creek, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: + $50

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: June-October

This spot is perfect for an elopement or a micro wedding with gorgeous views! About one hour from Colorado Springs

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Realm Studio

Denver, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: Year Round

Thinking of doing your elopement indoors? Realm is the perfect light and airy blank canvas for you! Decorate it to fit exactly what you are looking for. They can host elopements as well as micro-weddings.

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Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: Year Round

This park has "Garden of the Gods" like views but is much less busy than Garden of the Gods. A 5-10 minute uphill walk is required so bring comfy shoes.

Riversong Inn

Estes Park, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: + $150

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: June-October

The Riversong Inn is a small romantic inn in Estes Park. They offer several elopement packages..

The ceremony package: $495 streamside ceremony rental

The celebration package: $1,195: streamside ceremony, bridal bouquet and boutonniere, cake ceremony, and champagne toast

The elopement package: $2,395 two night stay in suite, streamside ceremony, fresh floral arrangement, wine and cheese welcome platter, in room couples massage, five-course dinner for two, bridal bouquet and boutonniere

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Park, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: + $250

Venue Rental Fees: Yes/No

Accessibility: June-October

To say your vows or have a ceremony inside of Rocky Mountain National Park, you must rent a ceremony site. Due to covid-19, they have a limited amount that they will be renting. If you want to say your vows/have a ceremony and cannot get a site, you will have to do those off-site. They are very strict and will not allow you to say vows/have ceremony outside of their specified rentalable area and you can be ticketed if caught. If you will not be having a ceremony and just want to take pictures, you can do so anywhere in the park.


***Update, 2021 ceremony spots are sold out

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Sapphire Point

Dillon, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: + $75

Venue Rental Fees: Yes/No

Accessibility: June-October

Sapphire Point is an overview in Dillon that has mountain views and views of Dillon Reservoir below. Sapphire Point can be rented for two-hour blocks for $120. Even though you rent this, it does not close off the area. There is a very busy place and there is extremely limited parking. This is a gorgeous place to go check out, but I usually avoid it for weddings because of the limited parking, hard to get in, and with the amount of people the point is a very small area. I put it on here, because people always ask about.

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Standley Lake

Westminster, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: Year Round

This is a great spot for a small elopement right outside the city!

St Mary's Glacier

Idaho Springs, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: + $50

Venue Rental Fees: No

Accessibility: June-October

This is an adventure locations and requires a hike. This is a 3-ish miles round trip with 800 ft elevation gain. The trail is rocky the entire way. It is one of my favorite hikes in Colorado. There is a $5 cash only parking fee. Make sure to wear comfy shoes!

Sunrise Amphitheatre

Boulder, Colorado

Modern Moments Additional Fees: None

Venue Rental Fees: Yes

Accessibility: Year Round

Sunrise amphitheatre has one of the best views in Boulder. For this location go with early morning or before sunset for best lighting. Avoid 10-2. This location is seasonal and is open April 30-October 31 every year. Their pricing depends on time of day and date ranging from $100-$400

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Ute Valley Trail

Colorado Springs, Colorado


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