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The Ultimate Guide for Weddings and Elopements in Estes Park, Colorado | Estes Park Wedding + Elopement Photographers

April 24, 2021

Everything you need to know about weddings and elopements in Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park has a little something for every couple. From the famous Stanley Hotel to the romantic Della Terra, there’s plenty more to this mountain town than just wood cabins and cozy lodges. You can discover new trails, local shops, lodging with fireplaces and hot tubs ideal for cold winter evenings, and plenty of space in the back country to soak up those summer nights under the stars. In the case that you’re going for a picturesque mountain wedding, Estes Park is the ideal spot to give your visitors a unique taste and feel of Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park draws more than 4 million guests every year, and all things considered, the mountains here are simply better.

Every wedding venue in Estes Park

Contemplating where you can get married in Estes Park? As quite possibly one of the most famous modest communities in the Rocky Mountains for weddings year round, there’s something for everybody here, from excellent notable dance halls to rural outdoor scenes.



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Black Canyon Inn

Black Canyon Inn sits on the edges of Estes Park close to the Lumpy Ridge part of Rocky Mountain National Park. Their covered open-air ceremony site provides magnificent views of the Rockies, but also ensures you will not need to worry over a inclement weather on your big day. They also offer beautiful onsite lodging for you and your visitors so you won’t have to worry about traveling between locations or where you’ll get ready.

The Black Canyon Inn can hold up to 200 guests.


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Yeah, you know the one. The Stanley is more than just a rumored haunt, it’s one of my favorite venues in Colorado for mountain weddings. The Stanley Hotel truly has it all, 8! spaces to choose from for your ceremony and reception, *dog friendly* lodging, restaurants, VIEWS for days, easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park and tons to see and do on the grounds and plenty to do heading to the main streets of Estes Park.

– The Pavilion – up to 250 guests –

–  The Macgregor Room – Up to 200 guests –

-The Concert Hall: Up to 150 guests –

-The Music Room: Up to 130 guests  –

-The Pinion/Billiards Room: Up to 80 guests –

-The Library Room: Up to 50 guests –


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Della Terra Mountain Chateau

Della Terra Mountain Chateau is an outstanding wedding scene and hotel, found right by the Fall River side of Rocky Mountain National Park. With indoor and outdoor function destinations, banquet rooms, and high-end facilities across the board, it’s the ideal Estes Park wedding scene for out-of-state couples, or local people needing to spend their big day in the mountains.

Della Terra can hold up to 200 guests in it’s ceremony and reception spaces.

Taharaa Mountain Lodge

Taharaa Mountain Lodge has all you require from an Estes Park wedding scene, with outdoor and covered deck function destinations, a banquet hall that can situate up to 120 visitors, lodging for your visitors, and in-house catering from Twin Owls Steakhouse. Taharaa Mountain Lodge can accommodate up to 120 guests.



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Wildbasin Lodge

Unspoiled natural beauty meets a one-of-a-kind, carefully orchestrated wedding planning process at Wild Basin Lodge. Nationally recognized as one of the premier wedding venues in the region. Located on a beautiful 14-acre property with a 15,000 square-foot lodge and reception area with two different ceremony options to pick from. Wildbasin Lodge can accommodate up to 200 guests in it’s ceremony and reception spaces.


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Estes Park Resort

Getting married at Estes Park Resort give you incredible views of the lake and all the Estes, on a lakeside pavilion, or gazebo with views of the Rockies. They also have a large elegantly appointed ballroom. Estes Park Resort can accommodate up to 150 guests.




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The Landing

 This riverside retreat has a beautiful ceremony lawn and lovely indoor reception space. This venue is a great choice for couples looking for an on-site lodging option – the cabins are only steps away from the venue.






Cheley Lodge + Grove

This 100 year old family owned cap recently opened up its INCREDIBLE property to host weddings. From the beautifully maintained historic wood and stone lodges + aspen groves, open meadows and mountain views – this venue sets itself apart from others in Estes Park with having between multiple luxurious event spaces.


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Skyview at Fall River Village

SkyView nestled in the middle of Fall River Village,offers options for a rooftop ceremony, and open air reception or cocktail hour with a breathtaking backdrop of nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. As well as the option to enjoy a beautiful indoor ceremony/reception surrounded by floor to ceiling windows and an expansive wrap-around deck. Whether you are inside or outside, the property is designed to take full advantage of the views.


Bristlecone Inn

Bristlecone Inn is one of the smallest Estes Park wedding settings, which makes it ideal for personal weddings and supper gatherings after elopements in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s likewise quite possibly the most reasonable alternatives in the Estes region.


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Romantic Riversong B + B

When it comes to wedding venues in Estes Park, the Romantic RiverSong Inn in a beautiful place for bringing couples and loved ones together. Since the lodge’s origin in 1922, this tucked away private property has been a tranquil escape in the beauty of the Rockies. Complete with a babbling brook, forested glades, and snow capped peaks on the horizon.

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 McGregor Historic Ranch

This incredible landmark, was established in 1873 and is host to so much beauty. This location is a working ranch, completely surrounded by the scenic, untouched landscape of the Black Canyon Creek area and the mountains of Lumpy Ridge.





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YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park

I  love YMCA of the Rockies for weddings and I  grew up spending my summers here doing allllll the activities! It’s an amazing place for gathering and spending quality time with your favorite people in the outdoors. There are 4 ceremony and 5 reception location options here, I’ve had weddings at all of them and love that they have options for indoor and outdoor weddings as well.



Where to Elope in Estes Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Elopements and Weddings in Rocky Mountain National Park are something truly unique and so so special. Over the last 7 years, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing over 50 elopements all over RMNP, and it never ceases to amaze me how vast and breathtakingly beautiful this park is. Rocky Mountain National Park is an outdoor, rustic, natural environment, you and any guests you bring are required to follow the Leave No Trace practices that protect the park’s resources and allow all visitors to enjoy. I’ll be updating the blog  with a whole guide specific to RMNP weddings, but wanted to include some of my favorite spots here as well.

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Ceremony Locations in Rocky Mountain National Park

Within the park, there are 12 locations that permit wedding and elopement ceremonies (and no as of 2018, Dream Lake, Trail Ridge Road, etc. are not on the list). Rocky Mountain National Park also has a limit of 250 on the number of ceremonies permitted per calendar year (these permits are already completely sold out for 2022). It’s an incredibly popular place to tie the knot and for good reason, but don’t worry, I have a list of locations outside of RMNP for ceremonies and we can ALWAYS head into the park for as many photos as we want! 


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Sprague Lake

Sprague Lake is another incredible spot elope, situated inside Rocky Mountain National Park, it’s a top choice of the three lakeside ceremony alternatives. You can read all about how, when and where to elope in RMNP here. The permit system for the park is super simple and straight-forward making it an easy thing to be able to check off on your list of to-do’s


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Moraine Park Amphitheatre 

 One of my favorite spots in RMNP that is actually great for a wedding with more than 20 guests. There is more parking available and its nice and tucked away in a little wooded area with a rustic amphitheatre wooden benches. Pine trees, and views of Moraine Park and Longs Peak just beyond the trees. Dogs are permitted here! And so are ceremony arches/decor!

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3M Curve

3M Curve is an exceptional service site in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is ideal for little elopements below 15 individuals lasting throughout the year.

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 Lily Lake 

Lily Lake is rarely my go-to out of all the locations for an elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park because it is so easily accessible, it tends to attract a lot of visitor traffic. That being said, this spot makes for a beautiful off venue location or a wonderful spot for portaits. If you’re looking to elope at this location, definitely consider a weekday!

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 Upper Beaver Meadows 

One of the most under-rated ceremony locations in Rocky is Upper Beaver Meadows. This spot is a wide open meadow, with beautiful trees, rolling hills and so much room for frolicking, there are trails in multiple directions so you can get a variety of backdrops! This is one of the most under-rated ceremony locations in Rocky is Upper Beaver Meadows. This spot is a wide open meadow, with beautiful trees, rolling hills and so much room for frolicking, there are trails in multiple directions so you can get a variety of backdrops!


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