Summit County Elopement Locations – The Complete 2024 Guide

Best Summit County & Breckenridge Elopement Locations in 2024

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!

Mountain Pass Elopement Locations in Summit County, Colorado

It’s no secret that the high mountain passes are incredible places to elope in Summit County in 2024. You can drive right up to epic views – sign me up! Aside from the below options, there are many more passes with various degrees of accessibility ranging for jeeps and 4x4s.

  • Hoosier Pass
  • Georgia Pass
  • Black Powder Pass
  • Red Mountain Creek

Loveland Pass Elopement

Loveland Pass sits at over 11,900 feet, and it’s the highest paved road in the US that’s open year round. This is the busiest and most popular mountain pass.

Shrine Pass, Vail, Colorado Elopement Location

This summer-only location is criss crossed by light use 4×4 trails and features red rock formations, epic wildflowers and some of my favorite trails.

Ptarmigan Pass

A solid 45″ minutes of moderate to intense off roading can bring you to the top of the scenic and under-visited Ptarmigan Pass, making it the perfect jeeping elopement location in Colorado.

Boreas Pass, Breckenridge

This graded gravel road is doable in any car, and provides two locations for photography. 1. Rocky Point is only 10 minutes drive up from Breckenridge, but doesn’t offer a spot suitable for a ceremony. The summity of Boreas is much more open and flexible.

Ute Pass, Colorado

This hidden gem location is a short drive from Dillon / Silverthorne and a short forested walk away from the parking area. 180 degrees of panoramic views await you.

Best Colorado Elopement Locations in Breckenridge

Truly, Breckenridge could have an elopement location guide all on it’s own. Locals just call it “Breck”. The trails vary from easy for beginners to hard & long treks. So if you want to hike, a Breckenridge Elopement 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.

Blue Lakes Breckenridge wedding & elopement location

New rules established in mid 2023 now prevent elopements from taking place at Blue Lakes in Breckenridge.

10 Mile Peak

Take the Breckenridge Gondola up to the shoulder of 10 mile peak for gorgeous views just beyond the adventure park, while barely breaking a sweat.

Breckenridge Sawmill Museum

You can get married with a backdrop of swaying aspens at the Breckenridge Sawmill Museum.

Officer’s Gulch Elopement Location – Frisco / Breckenridge Colorado

Frisco Peninsula

You can hike in to some amazing and private areas on the Frisco Peninsula, and you can rent the nearby Windy Point Campground for a small reception.

See real Breckenridge Elopement Photos

A recent Breckenridge Elopement brought joy to my heart – and Christian and Curtis’s! They picked one of the best places to elope in Colorado. And they had the best dang time doing it! They started by riding the Silver Plume Railroad, continued on to the Breckenridge Gondola before their Breckenridge elopement at a lake. Take this as your sign – you need to elope in Breckenridge CO!

Vail, Colorado Elopement Locations

Vail, Colorado, is to the west of Breckenridge and east of Glenwood Springs. For such a beautiful place, it’s a very difficult place to plan an elopement. Because it’s in a valley, there aren’t a lot of options that offer mountain views. The options that exist are not easy to find online! My favorites places to elope in Vail Colorado are up in the mountains, away from the town. Anything near Mt of the holy cross, Shrine pass, or Piney River Ranch are stunning.

Lake Elopement Locations in Colorado

Central to summit county is beautiful Lake Dillon. There are plenty of inlets and areas around the shore that make for great elopement locations with a lake background. Read on to see my favorites and if you are interested in eloping on a sailboat or an island on Lake Dillon.. CALL ME!

Rock Heart at Lake Dillon Elopement Location

There’s a heart built out of rocks at this elopement location on the shore of Lake Dillon. It’s chill atmosphere is wonderful, and nearby there is an ADA accessible spot that makes up for the rugged stone shore of the rock heart.

East Peninsula of Lake Dillon

A short hike up a flat, seldom used trail can bring you right to the rocky shore of Lake Dillon with epic peak views across the lake.

Sapphire Point Elopement Ceremonies

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. However, being so popular, it’s not very private. In fact, it’s downright crowded and chaotic. It’s best in the morning and on weekdays. In 2024, you can no longer reserve the ceremony location at Sapphire Point. A new ceremony location is being built. You can have up to 35 people at Sapphire Point.

Trailhead above Lake Dillon

This trail isn’t at the shoreline, so you can’t actually touch the lake. But the sweeping views and forest paths are often deserted, making it a great lake Dillon elopement location.

Pass Lake Elopements

One of the prettiest places in Colorado is Pass Lake, on the shoulder of Loveland Pass. This tiny lake is only accessible in the summer months due to its high elevation.

About your Summit County Elopement Photographer

I’m a colorful Colorado 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!

Summit County Gulch Elopement Locations

Gulches 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!

Clinton Gulch Elopement Location

This location was relatively unknown until recently. It’s right off the road and not a busy spot. The path along the shore is narrow until it reaches one small spot that’s big enough for a ceremony with about 6 guests.

Mayflower Gulch Elopements in Colorado

This stunning circle of mountains requires a steady uphill hike, but the payoff is absolutely breathtaking views!

Montezuma, Colorado

This region is an off-roading couple’s paradise in Colorado. It’s very private and features wrap around mountains and an ice-blue tinted river. There are mining structures and beauty everywhere. Contact me if you’d like to see more of this location.

Hiking Elopement Locations in Breckenridge

It you’re willing to break a sweat, amazing views and privacy await you! For a look at what your hiking elopement in Breckenridge could look like, contact me for a custom trail recommendation. More great hikes to look into:

  • Willow Lake
  • McCullough Gulch
  • Rainbow Lake
  • Booth Falls

White River National Forest Hikes

The White River National Forest covers a massive area of Colorado’s wilderness. This area is best for Just Us Two elopements without guests.

Mt of the Holy Cross Wilderness

This is home to one of my favorite hikes in all of Colorado, and one of the best for wildflowers. It is steep, and high elevation.

Here is my 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!

2024 Summit County Elopement Photography Packages

I offer Summit County elopement packages including all day photography, officiating and planning services. There are no travel fees, download fees, watermarks or other hidden fees. These prices are for 2024.

All inclusive elopement packages start at $15,000

2 Day elopements in Summit County – $9900

1.5 Days of elopement photography – $7900

1 Full day adventure elopement in Summit County – $6900

Up to 4 hours elopement in Summit County – $5500 **Only available on select 2024 dates**

When To Elope in Breckenridge, Colorado?

Summer is paradise here in Summit county. It’s hiking season and my personal favorite for a summit county elopement, so plan to elope in July and August. 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.

Places you can Reserve for your Colorado Elopement in Summit County

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. 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!

  • Keystone Ranch and Keystone Ranch Wagons $$$
  • The Lodge at Breck $$
  • Dillon Marina Pavilion $
  • Yoko’s Hut at Copper Mountain $$$
  • Piney River Ranch $$$$
  • Julia’s Deck in Vail $
  • Windy Point Campground Group Site $
  • Tigiwon Community House *Not available in 2024 but may reopen in 2025* $
  • Black Mountain Lodge, Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort $$$

Summit County Elopement Photographer

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 make me your Summit County elopement photographer, just shoot me a message!

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