Welcome to my Garden of the Gods elopement guide! After reading, you should be ready, set, and excited to plan an elopement here in any season. Garden of the Gods is a public park located in Colorado Springs, CO, and it’s well known for its sky high rock formations. The red “fins” come in shades of red, orange, and white and you have to see them in person to really get a sense of their scale. This is an extremely popular park, for good reason. If crowds aren’t your thing, try my other Colorado elopement guides.
Garden of the Gods Elopement Location Guide
My friends, I have great news. You can elope anywhere in Garden of the Gods park and it’s 100% free to do so. You don’t need a permit, you don’t need to reserve your date or location. This is pretty rare in Colorado, so you should take full advantage! If you’re coming in from out of state, you will want a local on your team to show you the best spots. There are 8 different parking lots and many more pull outs, so it’s important to get to the right one! I’d love to be your Garden of the Gods elopement guide, so get in touch with me for more information.
When to Elope at Garden of the Gods
Every season is a good time to elope here! Because the rocks are so iconic and colorful, even shoulder season months like April and November can be pretty here. That said, summer is a paradise because the greenery contrasts with the red rocks and blue mountain peaks. But my absolute favorite season to elope here is Winter. When the park is blanketed in snow, this is a one of a kind location! Read my tips for how to elope in winter for more on how to prepare.
Consider a morning Garden of the Gods Elopement
Because this park is so popular with hikers, tourists, and seemingly everyone else, you may want to consider eloping in the morning. Sunrises here are absolutely magical. See Juan & Alexa’s sunrise GotG elopement here! The park opens at 5am and between sunrise and 9am is the best time to be in the park. If morning isn’t your thing, go for winter! If you are inviting guests, you will need to carpool. And yes, you can bring your dog, provided they stay on leash! As always, we must leave no trace and stay on the trails. You can read more of the park’s rules here.