The Best Places to Propose Near Denver

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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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December 29, 2022

So you’ve got the ring and you’ve gotten up the nerve to pop the question but you need help looking for the best place to propose near Denver. I’m Alisha, a Boulder-based elopement and intimate wedding photographer. Annnnnnd hype woman, location scouter, researcher of all things logistics and planning. Most importantly I’m here to help! In my humble opinion, Colorado has some of the most epic locations to propose in the whole wide world. I’ve tried to narrow my list down to the best places to propose near Denver in case you don’t want to make a day trip but still want to get the mountains in the background while you pop the question. Okay, time to take a deep breath and get inspired below. 

NCAR Trailhead

First on the list of the best places to propose near Denver is the NCAR trailhead (the place in the picture above). At the top of a windy road stands the NCAR building that overlooks Boulder. At the beginning of the NCAR trailhead is a great view of the Flatirons for you to pop the question. This place tends to be less crowded than Chautauqua Park but just as beautiful. Just 30 minutes from downtown Denver. 

Chautauqua Park

When you think of Boulder, you think of the Flatirons. One of the best places to see the Flatirons is Chautauqua Park. There are plenty of trails to veer off on and propose. There’s a lot of foot traffic at the park so prepare for a few witnesses. Ideally, a weekday will be better if you choose to propose here. In the summertime, there are gorgeous wildflowers that add to the already epic landscape. Just 30 minutes from downtown Denver. 

Lookout Mountain

Nestled into the foothills of Golden lies Lookout Mountain. It’s a popular spot to “look out” to Denver (pun intended). Only 30 minutes from Denver but feels like a world away. 

Flatirons Vista

On the way between Boulder and Golden is one of the most beautiful drives along the Front Range. Right off Highway 93 is Flatirons Vista Trailhead. A short walk leads to some unadulterated views of the Flatirons. Just 30 minutes from downtown Denver. 

Red Rocks Amphitheater

Thought this was just one of the world’s best concert venues? Think again. There are numerous trailheads that show off the color of the red rocks and mountains. You won’t be disappointed if you pick this as your proposal spot. And it’s only 25 minutes from downtown Denver. 

Lake Isabelle

If you’re looking to make a hike out of your proposal plans then Lake Isabelle is an ideal location. A quick 1.5-hour drive up the foothills will lead you to the Long Lake Trailhead via Pawnee Pass. The hike is 4.4 miles roundtrip and ideal during the seasons of summer and fall. Propose on the hike up or lay down a blanket and ask for your partner’s hand in marriage in front of Lake Isabelle. Not only will you be rewarded with a resounding yes, but you’ll be surrounded by mountains and an alpine lake. Honestly, what’s better?

Loveland Pass

Rain or shine, sun or snow, Loveland Pass is an amazing place to propose near Denver. The drive to Loveland Pass is 1.5 hours from Denver. Just off I-70, you can take Loveland Pass road to the top of Loveland Pass’s Summit. 

Mt. Evans

What to propose on a 14er without having to hike it? Look no further than Mt. Evans. You can drive all the way to the top of the mountain, get out of the car, and pop the question. It’s equal parts easy and epic. Keep in mind that the road to the summit is closed from around October to May. 

How to Elevate Your Colorado Proposal

  • Sing a love song
  • Set up a blanket with flowers and candles (flameless of course, Colorado is too dry for open flames)
  • Read a poem
  • Play an instrument
  • Pack a picnic and spell out “will you marry me?” in a pizza or cookie
  • Send your future fiance on a scavenger hunt all over Denver and end on one of these epic locations
  • Bring your furry friend along to help pop the question
  • Hike to your proposal location
  • Throw an engagement party with all of your family and friends following your proposal
  • Want help capturing your epic Colorado Proposal? I’m ya girl. Not only do I take amazing photos for you to cherish these moments forever, but I also help plan your perfect proposal. 

Colorado Proposal Packages start at $500 and include:

-Location scouting and recommendations

-Photos of your proposal delivered in a high-resolution online gallery

-The cost of location permits

-Printing rights

-A surprise gift from me!

-Option to upgrade package to include flowers and dessert

    Ready for engagement photos? it’s time to plan an Adventure Session. Check out this blog on How to Plan an Adventure Session in Colorado. Ready to elope? Here’s where you can elope in Colorado


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