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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
-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
Our first experience working with Alisha was on an elopement styled shoot. I knew from that day on she was going to be the photographer to capture our wedding day. Alisha said "yes" to absolutely every crazy idea and vision I had for our wedding day. She literally hiked miles and woke up before the sun to make it happen. Alisha is completely in her element when photographing, she knows how direct a shoot without being bossy, she captures every angle without being in the way and doesn't make you feel like you're even behind the camera. Alisha pours her entire self into every shoot she does, she doesn't stop until everything is perfect. It put me at ease knowing Alisha was paying such close attention to detail when it came to the location scouting and capturing every single photo imaginable. Working with Alisha was a breeze, she's communicative, fast and detail oriented. Not to mention, an incredible photographer. We were blown away when we got our wedding gallery within a month of our wedding, with over 700 beautiful photos. Our families cried happy tears all over again reliving those memories. If you're wondering, "is it worth it?" The answer is 100% ABSOLUTELY yes, hire Alisha, you won't regret it.
— Katie & Kevin
We absolutely love Alisha! She gave us the best photos EVER! She planned everything to the smallest detail. It was so easy and she made sure we had everything we were looking for. My husband and I even flew back to get wedding photos done! Alisha braved the cold winter for us. We are so thankful to have memories in the best photos ever. I can’t say enough about her. Not only is she an AMAZING photographer but such a good person! We will definitely be having plenty more sessions in our lifetime :)
— danielle & Xavier
My fiancé and I could not feel more fortunate to have crossed paths with Alisha while searching for a photographer for our engagement shoot. Let me tell you, this girl is a GEM. I talked to at least 50 photographers during my search and Alisha is the only one that I felt truly cared about what we wanted. We met up at sunrise on the day of our shoot and I can truly say that it was a flawless experience! My fiancé and I were exhausted and nervous, but immediately upon meeting Alisha, we felt comfortable and excited. Her positive energy is contagious. I tend to be awkward and never know what to do with my hands, but she was so patient and guided us every step of the way, giving us prompts and making us laugh the entire time. It felt like we were leaving the shoot with a new friend. WE ARE OBSESSED WITH OUR PHOTOS. In short, Alisha 10000000% exceeded my very high expectations. She’s incredibly talented, creative, caring and personable. You can tell she has a huge heart and is passionate about what she does.
— LAUREN & NIK
Alisha is the consummate photographer that you want capturing your special day. We used her (twice!) for engagement photos and she was the first we asked to be our wedding photographer. From the moment we engaged her for the big day, she was all about us. From a welcome care package that frankly knew us almost better than we knew us, to her wedding guides, assistance in finding other vendors, and of course her amazing skill behind the camera Alisha was the perfect choice for our wedding photography. On the day of the big event she took great photos and had creative ideas for shoots in and around the venue. She’s given us keepsakes that we are thrilled to treasure forever and proud to frame and hang on the wall. Book her now.
— COLTON & YVETTE
Where do I even start!? Alisha was an absolute dream to work with!!! She was so flexible with us and our last-minute cancellation due to covid. We had originally planned to meet her in Vegas for our anniversary shoot in March and we ended up canceling our trip a week out due to the virus. She was so understanding and even offered to refund our deposit. We knew we still absolutely wanted to shoot with her so we scheduled another trip to Colorado this time and she met us there for an amazing sunrise shoot at Great Sand Dunes Natl Park. The whole experience was incredible and Alisha was so amazing and personable, we felt like we had left and made a new friend! She sent us sooo many sneak peeks just a few days after the shoot and Then probably 100 more photos a few weeks later. They were absolutely stunning. She is easily one of the best humans I’ve ever met and not to mention an extremely talented photographer with a clear passion for her clients and her work! We can’t wait to shoot with her again!
— MIA & FERMIN
I have never done a couples shoot but I fell in love with Alisha's work on social media. I was beyond ecstatic when I found out she was traveling to Minnesota. Where do I begin? From the moment I spoke with Alisha, she easily made me feel comfortable and confident. She responded back to my questions and concerns within a timely manner and was easily accessible. Her talent and passion for photography is truly admirable! It’s so evident that she genuinely cares about each and every couple that she works with. Alisha has a gift for detail and seeing things differently than everyone else. She took some breathtaking pictures that will always have a special place in my heart! Alisha doesn't just take photographs, she creates beautiful works of art that don’t just capture smiles but our souls, and to be a part of her art is an absolute honor. Not only is her work stunning, but she is a great person to be around. She is professional, patient and outgoing and I cannot wait to book with her again! Thanks for the memories, laughs and for creating such an enjoyable experience.
— Miriam & Jaime
Alisha was super professional and friendly throughout the entire process of our engagement shoot. I was super indecisive on where to have our shoot and she gave me multiple choices. She even went to the spot before hand to scope it out for us. My fiancé hates getting pictures taken but he loved natural and fun our experience was. Alisha made us our own playlist to listen to throughout the shoot which made both of us feel super comfortable. We ended having our shoot in Breckenridge and made a weekend out of it. Honestly, one of the most rememberable and amazing weekends we could ask for. Alisha communicated with us throughout everything and was SO fast getting our sneak peak photos and album to us. She even sent us a little gift that we appreciated SO SO much. I would highly recommend Alisha for any photography session whether its an adventure shoot or a wedding. She made everything perfect! 10/10 recommend :)
— GRACE & JAKE
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