Lucy’s Favorite Summit County Elopement Locations
Hold on to your butts! I’m about to reveal my favorite Summit County Elopement locations! The area comprises the towns of Keystone, Dillon, Silverthorne, Breckenridge, Frisco, Copper Mountain, Blue River, and Heeney. Accessible by a 1 to 2 hour drive from Denver airport, this area is popular and for good reason. High mountain passes, stunning lake hikes, and drive-up mountain views are all over. It’s one of my favorite places to plan and shoot elopements in Colorado. Read on to get inspired by the many great locations here, and contact me below to start planning!
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Seasons To Elope in Summit County
Summer is paradise here in Summit county. It’s hiking season and my personal favorite for a summit county elopement. Summer brings clear mornings, afternoon thunderstorms and dramatic skies at sunset. It’s a great time to be photographed under the stars and with wildflowers. In fall, summit county is a very popular destination for leaf peeping. Because of its proximity to Denver, the weekends in September are packed with autumn lovers. Winter brings massive amounts of skiers and riders to Summit. But the resorts aren’t the only places to elope in winter!
Summit County Elopements on Mountain Passes
The eastern gate of Summit County is Loveland Pass. At over 11,900 feet, it’s the highest paved road in the US that’s open year round. The northern gate is the seldom-visited Ute Pass, with a huge view of the rugged peaks of the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Vail pass to the west is another huge climb, and the unpaved road leads to epic trailheads in the summer. The southernmost point of Summit county is over Hoosier pass. Hoosier is also a hiking destination – and great for snowmobiling to big mountain views in the winter. There are many more passes with various degrees of accessibility ranging for jeeps and 4x4s. See an elopement on Boreas pass here!
Breckenridge Elopement Locations
Truly, Breckenridge could have an elopement location guide all on it’s own. Locals just call it “Breck”. It’s home to some off-roading trails leading up to high elevations. There are hidden mines, lakes and waterfalls. The trails vary from easy for beginners to hard & long treks. So if you want to hike, this is the first place you should look. The town is quaint and has everything you could need. So if you’re looking for an after-ceremony dinner, or a cheese board, or some ice cream – let Breck be the place.
Summit County Gulches
When you start to research Summit County elopement locations, you’ll find a lot of gulches. So, what’s in a gulch? These are essentially deep valleys that end in a wall of mountains. They make great places for elopement ceremonies. Often you will find mining cabins and other historic buildings. Some gulch locations are just steps from the parking area, some are accessible with 4WD, others require hiking. Definitely consider eloping in a gulch if you want those mountain peak views without the high winds of a peak or pass. The more hiking you do, the more privacy you can expect!
Sapphire Point Elopement Location
Sapphire Point is a very popular and accessible overlook that perches above Lake Dillon with views of Tenmile and Buffalo peaks. This has been one of the most popular spots to elope in Colorado for years – and for good reason. It’s gorgeous! However, being so popular, it’s not very private. It’s best in the morning, on weekdays, and in the less popular months of November to May. You must make a reservation to have an elopement at sapphire point, and you can do so here. If you love these views but aren’t attached to the easy access of Sapphire, I’ve got plenty of lookalike spots that will fulfil your vision!
Alternatives to Sapphire Point:
Other Places you can Reserve for your Elopement
Aside from Sapphire point, if you’re having a group of more than 10 guests or desire a private spot, there are some amazing options! The Dillon Marina Pavilion is a simple shelter on the north shore of the lake. The Lodge at Breck is a hotel with a deck that often hosts elopements and weddings. And there’s even an ice room inside the Dillon Ice Castles that would make a very unique spot for an elopement in the winter. Horse drawn wagons in Keystone, an observation deck on the way to Vail and Yoko’s Hut at Copper Mountain round out my list of great reserve-able elopement places. There are also a dozen campgrounds and ski resorts with great views! Other than these spots – MOST places in summit county don’t require any sort of permit to elope here!
Summit County Colorado Lake Elopement Locations
Lakes are very popular Summit county elopement locations, and for good reason! A hike to an alpine lake provides a great focal point to any Colorado elopement. Plus, you can use these water bodies for paddleboarding, canoeing, and other relaxing water activities. Lake Dillon, while technically a reservoir, is the central jewel to Summit County. It’s so large that you really want to know where the great spots are on the shore. Green mountain reservoir to the north is an interesting alternative. And many lakes dot the mountains if you’re up for a hike! If anyone is interested in eloping on a sailboat or an island on Lake Dillon.. CALL ME!
Searching for your Summit County Elopement Locations
As you can see, there are dozens and dozens of great places to elope in Summit County. It’s one of my very favorite places in Colorado. You can take a ski lift up Keystone or Breckenridge or Vail in summer. Camp out under the stars or hike as far as you want. Go windsurfing, horseback riding, snowmobiling, sledding and even dogsledding! If you want to find out more about all these spots and chat with me about your elopement photography, just shoot me a message!
Here’s a preview of my interactive Summit County elopement map:
This map is like a virtual tour of Summit County, Colorado with color photos I’ve taken of each place. So you can see all the great spots without without leaving your living room. If you’re planning from afar, this is a great 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. Summit County is my favorite county and home of my favorite hike in all of CO. Maybe I’ll see you out 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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