The Ultimate Garden of the Gods Elopement Locations Guide
Welcome to my Garden of the Gods elopement locations 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.
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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.
Here is a preview of my interactive map my clients get when they book:
This map is like a virtual tour of the whole Garden of the Gods park with color photos I’ve taken of each place. So you can see all the great spots without leaving your living room. If you’re planning from afar, this is a visual key to picking out the elopement spot that works for you. Details like what seasons and time of day are best for each location are included. It will help you plan your activities, accommodations, and your day’s itinerary. Lastly, it’s easy to have a great backup location picked out with this map in front of you. Having that Plan B in your back pocket will keep your planning stress-free!
I’m a nomadic and colorful elopement photographer with an obsession for mountains, hiking, and my cats. My photography style emphasizes the epic landscape of your dreams and the authentic moments that make you two.. well, you two! I love my job and my nature-loving clients. Garden of the Gods is one of my very favorite places to explore in Colorado- especially the lesser known areas! Maybe I’ll see you there!
I offer full day, 1.5 day and 2 day elopement photography in National Parks and the wild lands outside of them. See my pricing and package details here. I would love to chat with you and help see if an elopement with me is what you’ve been dreaming of. Get in touch below!
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If crowds aren’t your thing, try my other Colorado Elopement location guides here:
–Black Canyon of the Gunnison Elopement Guide
–Great Sand Dunes Elopement Guide
–Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Guide
–Boulder, CO Elopement Guide
–Telluride Elopement Guide
–Aspen Elopement Guide
–Mt Evans Elopement Guide
–Summit County Elopement Guide
–Colorado National Monument Elopement Guide
–Maroon Bells Elopement Guide
–Ouray Elopement Guide