May 3, 2023
Colorado Springs is one of the best places to explore in Colorado. If you’re looking to elope here, I’ve got a list of the best Colorado Springs elopement locations below. Colorado Springs is a quick 1.5-hour drive from Denver. In its backyard is a 14er (what Coloradans lovingly call mountains that are over 14,000 feet in elevation), multiple military bases, amazing hikes, and great culture. Those with adventurous spirits are welcome to freely explore this destination to their heart’s content. If you’re looking to elope in Colorado Springs, let me help you plan!
This is the most coveted and most popular Colorado Springs elopement location and for good reason. The iconic jagged red rocks cut into the blue Colorado sky and leave you breathless. There are a few locations in the park to have a ceremony:
No permits are required to get married in the park which means that it’s on a first come first serve basis. The best way to ensure an intimate experience is to plan a sunrise ceremony. There’s also the option of eloping somewhere else near by and going into the park to get more photos. Want some inspiration for a Garden of the Gods elopement? Check out this styled shoot blog.
Pikes Peak is one of the tallest mountains in Colorado. On clear days you can see it all the way from Denver! What’s excellent about Pikes Peak is that you can drive all the way to the top. After renovations, the iconic Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway has reopened and is available to ride to the top. If you drive your own car, the trip takes about 2-3 hours and is 38 miles roundtrip. It’s $15 per vehicle and you need to make a reservation to drive to the top. This gives you the freedom to make pit stops along the way and enjoy the view. There’s nothing more epic than saying you got hitched at 14,000 feet. The Crystal Creek Visitor Center is a great place to stop and grab their world-famous donuts. From the summit, you can see 5 different states including Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Kansas. Devils Playground is an easy hiking trail and area to venture on.
So this isn’t technically in Colorado Springs but the Paint Mines are located about a 45-minute drive to Calhan. I couldn’t leave this off the list because it’s a location that feels otherworldly. This is one of the places that put the “color” in Colorado. Layers of sandstone and clay give the rocks an ombre tone. The walk from the car to the trail is about a half mile. You could elope in the Paint Mines and then return to the Springs to celebrate!
Red Rocks Canyon Open Space is a unique alternative to Garden of the Gods. What was once a quarry, landfill, and gold refinery is now a beautiful captivating space. You can see remnants of its mining days with the jagged cuts into the red rocks. This area gives you plenty of opportunities to explore and exchange your vows. You can hike and have a picnic too!
This location offers an eye-catching 35-foot waterfall with North Cheyenne Cañon Park. It’s a quick walk from the parking lot or you have the option to trek 4 miles through a canyon via Columbine Trail. Since it’s such an accessible location, it’s best to hit this location at sunrise so you have a more intimate experience with fewer onlookers. There are plenty of other great locations to explore within North Cheyenne Cañon Park, making it a great option for a Colorado Springs elopement location.
Crystal Creek Reservoir is located in North Slope Recreation Area and is a 5-minute detour from Pikes Peak Toll Road. The serene glassy water with the breathtaking backdrop of the mountains in the background are a great option for a Colorado Springs elopement location. Imagine kayaking on your wedding day!
This might a bit unorthodox, but my whole brand is about making the unconventional the new traditional! What if you hiked up to the top of Manitou Incline and exchanged your vows at the top? To all ofl the fitness junkies and gym rats, this one is for you. You’ll deserve all the bragging rights after this hike. You can either be bold and hike to the top in your wedding attire or change once you get to the top. Afterwards, you can head into downtown Manitou Springs for a much-deserved post-hike meal.
I had to put this one on the list because it’s so unique. This breathtaking estate will make you think you’re getting married in front of a European castle and not in the foothills of the mountains. If you’re into Bridgerton or want to add a pinch of class to your badass unconventional elopement then this is a good place to stop.
To get a marriage license you’ll need to head to the El Paso County Clerk’s office. You’ll have to apply for the license in person and bring a form of ID. Licenses are valid for 35 days in the state of Colorado. The license costs $30. What’s great about getting married in Colorado is that you DO NOT need an officiant. Colorado is one of a few states where you can self-solemnize. That means that you can marry yourselves. Another awesome thing? You can bring you pup along and they can SIGN your marriage license as a witness with their paw print. HOW CUTE!!!
Eloping is unique and such an adventure! Pick any view in Colorado and you won’t go wrong 🙂 I’ll be here to be with you every step of the way. Through location scouting, help with all of the planning, and all the way down to delivering your unforgettable photos!
My Colorado packages start at $3,300 and include:
Want to elope somewhere else in Colorado? Check out this blog on Where to Elope in Vail, Estes Park, and Breckenridge and Where to Elope in Colorado.
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