If you’re planning an elopement or intimate wedding in Colorado Springs or surrounding areas, and need help choosing the best location, then this guide is for you! As a local to Colorado Springs, I know some of the best spots for you to elope! Here are a few of my favorite Colorado Springs Elopement Locations. Reach out here to start planning!
List of Colorado Springs Elopement Locations
- Garden of the Gods
- Palmer Park
- Cheyenne Canyon
- Paint Mines Interpretive Park
- Ute Valley Park
- Manitou Lake
- Pike National Forest
- Pikes Peak
- “Hidden Gems”
Garden of the Gods – Most popular Colorado Springs Elopement Location
Of course, you can’t have a list of the best Colorado Springs Elopement locations without Garden of the Gods! This is by far the most popular spot to elope in Colorado Springs. Because of its beautiful scenery, red rocks, and views of Pikes Peak, it is always a favorite! You don’t need a permit to elope in Garden of the Gods and there are even some ceremony locations that can accommodate a few guests! Check out this guide for more information about eloping in Garden of the Gods!
If you want views of Pikes Peak, but are not a fan of the red rock vibe at Garden of the Gods, then Palmer Park is a great place for you! There are many trails within the park to explore, but you can also access some stunning viewpoints directly from the parking areas.
If you want a nice variety in scenery, Cheyenne Canyon is such a fun location. There are waterfalls, bridges, streams, and you can even explore some cool tunnels! If you choose to elope here, I can show you all of the unique spots! There are also some great hikes from here if you want to add some extra adventure to your elopement day!
Paint Mines Interpretive Park
While you can not have your wedding ceremony at Paint Mines Interpretive Park, this is an amazing place to go for photos before or after your ceremony. If you are willing to make the drive, I definitely recommend a ceremony at one of the other Colorado Springs locations and then epic photos at the Paint Mines! The scenery here is unlike anywhere else in Colorado! Your photographer will need a $100 permit in order to take your wedding photos here. More information about the permit can be found here.
Ute Valley Park
Ute Valley is another great option if you want some mountain views, but no red rocks. There are some trails you can explore, some pretty light-colored rocks to climb, and gorgeous views of Pikes Peak!
Enjoy a scenic view of Pikes Peak just a short walk from the parking lot, or an easy 2 mile hike all the way around Manitou Lake! This is one of my favorite spots not too far from Colorado Springs because it is not as crowded as some of the other locations. A $10 vehicle fee is required to enter the park. You also have the option to rent out their pavilion for a small ceremony and reception. You can reserve that here.
Pike National Forest
There are many trails throughout the Pike National Forest that are perfect for a Colorado hiking elopement. There are also beautiful reservoirs you can hike to or access during the day! If you want to go paddle boarding or kayaking on your wedding, these are great options. If you want to venture a little outside of Colorado Springs, Woodland Park also has gorgeous scenery and hiking trails for all abilities within the Pike National Forest!
Pikes Peak, a 14,000 foot mountain that towers over the city of Colorado Springs makes for an absolutely epic location for an elopement! From the summit you can get views of the whole city down below. If you want to be on top of this mountain or at Crystal Reservoir for your Colorado Springs wedding, you can fill out a special request form to have your ceremony on Pikes Peak. Keep in mind that high altitude is not for everyone, especially if you are not acclimated to higher elevations!
Hidden Gems for Colorado Springs Elopement Locations
Since I am local to Colorado Springs, I know a lot of the best hidden gems for your Colorado Springs elopement or intimate wedding. Some of these locations even include beautiful lakes you can paddle or kayak on! If you want to learn more about eloping in Colorado Springs, reach out here and let’s get to planning your best day ever!