Best Elopement Hikes in Colorado

I think it’s so rad you are here and honestly it’s got to be fate! You are an adventurous couple, there’s no doubt about it. If you weren’t, you’d be searching up ideas on how to feed 200 guests at a reception right now….but your not. You are here and I am going to tell you the best elopement hikes in Colorado that will give you epic photo ops. Kiss traditions goodbye and say hello to this most epic adventure of your life.

As you prepare to embark on your journey of love amidst the awe-inspiring Colorado, let’s talk about one of the most exciting aspects of your elopement – capturing your special moments through breathtaking portraits. From dramatic peaks to serene lakes, Colorado offer a plethora of picture-perfect settings for your elopement portraits. So grab your hiking boots, hold your partner close, and let’s explore some of the most captivating and best elopement hikes in Colorado that will turn your elopement portraits into timeless works of art.

Elopement Hikes in Colorado
Elopement at Nymph Lake in Colorado

Top 10 Best Hikes in Colorado

Let’s just dive right into it. Here is a list of some of the most epic hikes that offer breathtaking backdrops to your elopement day.

  • Maroon Bells
  • Emerald Lake
  • Dream Lake
  • Brainard Lake Recreation Area
  • Garden of Gods
  • Bear Lake
  • Sprague Lake
  • Telluride
  • Lake Dillon
  • Ice Lake Basin
  • Alberta Falls

Maroon Bells, Aspen:

One of the most iconic locations in Colorado is Maroon Bells. It offers breathtaking views of towering peaks reflected in Maroon Lake. The vibrant aspen trees provide a stunning contrast against the mountains.

Emerald Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park:

This pristine alpine lake is surrounded by lush greenery and offers awe-inspiring mountain views. The hike to Emerald Lake is relatively easy, making it accessible for couples of all fitness levels.

Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park:

Dream Lake is a gem known for its crystal-clear waters and reflections of Hallett Peak. The trail leading to Dream Lake is incredibly scenic and diverse.

Brainard Lake Recreation Area:

This area is a hidden treasure with multiple lakes, meadows, and stunning mountain views. Isabelle Glacier and Long Lake are especially picturesque options.

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs:

Garden of the Gods offers unique red rock formations against the backdrop of Pikes Peak. It’s a one-of-a-kind location that combines stunning natural beauty with a touch of dramatic flair.

Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park:

Bear Lake is known for its mirror-like reflections. This makes it a fantastic spot for serene and romantic elopement photos. Various trails and diverse scenery surround the lake.

Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park:

This easy-access location features a loop trail around a serene mountain lake. It offers both mountain vistas and lush surroundings.


This charming mountain town is surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. The Bridal Veil Falls area and Alta Lakes are especially beautiful spots for elopement photos.

Lake Dillon, Summit County:

Nestled amidst the mountains, Lake Dillon offers a unique blend of water scenes and panoramic mountain views. The marina area and the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area are great spots for photos.

Ice Lake Basin, San Juan Mountains:

For couples seeking a more adventurous experience, the Ice Lake Basin offers breathtaking turquoise alpine lakes. Stunning peaks surround this location. This hike is challenging but incredibly rewarding.

BONUS: Alberta Falls:

The hike here is downhill and is relatively easy for all hikers of all experiences. Sunrise is the best time for this location. It’s one of the most popular spots in the National Park. This means it does get busy after the sun is up.

Couple Eloping in Colorado

As you plan your elopement adventure, remember that the Rocky Mountains and Colorado are more than just a backdrop – they’re a canvas for your love story. Each location we’ve explored offers a unique blend of beauty, serenity, and wild allure, ensuring that your elopement portraits will reflect the genuine depth of your connection. So go ahead, dream big, choose your stage, and let’s create portraits that will stand the test of time. Your love deserves nothing less.

Are you ready to embark on the wildest adventure of your life? Let’s chat. This could be you.

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