Where to Elope in Grand Junction

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I’m Alisha, Leesh, and lovingly known as Loco Leesh (she/her). I wear many hats as your elopement photographer. I’m also here to be your guide, planner, resource, best friend and hype woman. I'm here to laugh, cry, and occasionally dance alongside you. I'm also a barefoot hippie veteran. Betcha never saw that coming! What really sets my soul on fire is connecting with people on a deeply personal level *My Pisces is showing*. I’m here to tell you that you have permission to DREAM BIG on what you think your wedding day should look like. Because your crazy love deserves to be captured in an authentic way. 


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November 11, 2022

Elopement at Mt. Garfield, Colorado

Your ultimate guide on figuring out where to elope in Grand Junction, Colorado

Curious on where to elope in Grand Junction, Colorado? Kudos to you, because you’ve come across a hidden gem in Colorado. I think that most people overlook this area of Colorado on their way to Instagrammable places like the Rocky Mountains or the San Juans. Grand Junction offers a landscape that looks out-of-this-world and is unlike other places in Colorado. With access to Colorado National Monument, Colorado’s wine country, and the state’s juiciest peaches, Grand Junction is an ideal place to plan your elopement. 

When to elope in Grand Junction

One thing to mention before we get started. Grand Junction is located in a desert climate. Spring/fall is going to be the most comfortable time of year to elope in Grand Junction unless you want to center your day around sunrise. It gets HOT here in the summer.

Photo of Independence Rock, Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument 

First on the list is Colorado National Monument. Colorado National Monument is a place you don’t want to miss regardless if you choose to elope in the park or not. If you’re in Grand Junction for your wedding, you must make a detour to this park. The desert landscape mixed with deep canyons herald epic views to exchange your vows. There are also plenty of short and long hiking trails to include as an activity on your elopement day. 

  • Books Cliff View: A quick 2 minute walk from the parking lot. Gorgeous views of Monument Canyon. An ideal spot for a ceremony.
  • Otto’s Trail—.7 mile roundtrip walk that takes you to some deep views of Monument Canyon. Near Independence Monument Viewpoint but much less crowded.
  • Monument Canyon Loop Trail—4.5 mile round trip hike that takes you down Monument Canyon. 
  • Balanced Rock Overlook—A great place to stop to get a good view of the Balanced Rock. 
  • Wedding Canyon—If you’re getting married in Colorado National Monument it almost seems obligatory to snap a picture in front of the vast Wedding Canyon.

Honorable mentions:

  • No Thoroughfare Canyon – Moderately Difficult Hike
  • Ute Canyon – Moderately Difficult Hike
  • Coke Ovens – Easy Hike
  • Serpent’s Trail – Easy Hike
  • Devil’s Kitchen – Easy Hike
Mt. Garfield, Colorado

Mount Garfield

When I think of Grand Junction, I think of Mount Garfield. This fine mesa stretches along Palisade and Grand Junction alongside I-70. There are plenty of great spots underneath it to take pictures. If you’re feeling daring, you can hike to the top (3.8-miles round trip). Click here to check out the Mount Garfield trail.

Grand Mesa National Forest

If you’re looking to escape the summer heat for your Grand Junction elopement you can head to Grand Mesa. This is a gorgeous area near Grand Junction with a multitude of alpine lakes you can hike to and canoe/kayak in.

Notable spots in Grand Mesa: Lost Lake, Land’s End, Crag Crest Trail 

Little Books Cliff Wild Horses

Imagine getting married next to wild horses! Little Books Cliff Area has 36,000 acres of places for wild horses to roam. The best way to adventure in this area is to go four-wheel or off-roading. Coal Canyon Trail is a great place to explore. You can take a tour to find the horses through Rimrock Adventures.

McInnis Canyons National Conservation

The McInnis Canyons National Conservation area has some great hikes, arches, and views that overlook the Colorado River.

Palisade Rim Trail

Palisade Rim Trail is a grueling hike but the views are worth it. The trail overlooks the wine country of Palisade below.

Rabbit Ears Trailhead

About 30 miles west of Grand Junction you’ll find Rabbit Ears Trailhead. The view from the top looks incredible.

Rattlesnake Canyon

Want to find an arch to elope underneath but don’t want to go all the way to Moab? Rattlesnake Canyon is located near Fruita and has a handful of arches you can hike to. The Rattlesnake Canyon Arches Trail is a 2.7-mile footpath with a few along the way.

Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area

Dominguez Canyon is great for backpacking through, especially if you want to camp. There are also Indigenous petroglyphs you can find along the canyon. 

Grand Valley OHV Recreation Area

I had to put Grand Valley OHV Recreation Area on the list because I secretly hope a couple who’s obsessed with off-roading and dirt biking will want to take pictures on the trails here. It sits right under Mount Garfield too so the views are amazing too.

BLM Land

There are plenty of perfect and secluded elopement spots on BLM land near Grand Junction. This really gives you a chance to explore!

Check out this article on where to go on BLM land in Grand Junction

Family Adventure Session near Mt. Garfield in Grand Junction, Colorado

Activities for your Grand Junction elopement:

  • Hiking
  • Rafting
  • Biking
  • Visit Wineries
  • White Water Rafting
  • Float down the Colorado River
  • Rock Climbing
  • Horseback Riding/Wild Horses Tour at Books Cliff through Rimrock Adventures
  • Visit the Grand Junction Motor Speedway
  • Have a destination picnic with Wander West Picnics

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Colorado Elopement Packages

My Colorado packages start at $3,300 and include:

  • Options of 4-Hour, 6-Hour, and 8-Hour Packages
  • 100+ Page Elopement Planning Guide
  • Unlimited Guidance & Consultation Calls
  • Custom Timeline
  • All Travel Fees and Expenses-Minus something extra like a helicopter ride 😉
  • Vendor Recommendations
  • Permits Assistance and Location Scouting of The Best Locations in Grand Junction
  • Upgrade to 1:1 Vow Writing Consulting (pst did I mention I have a background in copywriting?)
  • Discounted Photo Album Design Services (with creative and romantic storytelling of your gorgeous elopement)
  • Gallery Slideshow
  • 500+ Culled and Edited High-Resolution Photos
  • Digital Gallery with Printing Rights
  • Surprise Gift From Me
Picture of Independence Rock, Colorado National Monument

    Looking to elope somewhere else in Colorado? Check out my other blogs on Where to Elope in Colorado and Where to Elope in Vail, Estes Park, and Breckenridge.


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