How to Elope in Rocky Mountain National Park
Updated: Mar 25
UPDATE: Due to Covid-19, RMNP has closed indefinitely. I will keep you updated on their plan to re-open.
Rocky Mountain National Park is full of stunning scenery, awe-inspiring mountains, expansive meadows, and beautiful alpine lakes. It's no wonder 4.8 million people visit this park a year!
If you want to feel like you are on top of the world for your elopement or intimate wedding, Rocky Mountain National Park is the place for you!
So, you've decided on RMNP, now what?
Rocky Mountain National Park is a resource protected area and a busy national park with high visitation. All ceremonies in the park are managed by and require a Special Use Permit. The Special Use Permit requires a non-refundable administrative fee of $250.
After favorable review of your application, a Special Use Permit will be prepared and sent to you for signature. Upon receipt, please review, sign, and return the permit to our office for final approval. If your ceremony plans change, notify our office immediately. After the permit is approved we will send you an authorized copy.
The approved permit must be in your possession at the time of the ceremony.
Some things to keep in mind:
Weddings or ceremonies may be scheduled up to one year in advance and no later than 7 days prior to your event.
As parking spaces are limited in the park, carpooling or shuttling is strongly encouraged, and may be required.
Normal entrance fees apply to all vehicles associated with the ceremony.
The permit includes specific conditions that protect the park’s resources and allow all visitors to enjoy the park. Click here to read the regulations to make sure RMNP is the park for you.
Ceremony site use is on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to two hours maximum at all locations. Weddings are not permitted in public facilities such as visitor centers, roadside turnouts, parking areas, overlooks, or in special wildlife viewing areas.
Click here to download a printable ceremony permit application.
Ceremonies conducted in the national park require written approval from the Chief Ranger’s Office or Concessions Management Office. For information, call 970-586-1482 or 970 586-1209 3M Curve 3 miles from RMNP's the parks main headquarters, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, one of the most popular locations to elope in the park! Perfect for you if you want that iconic Rocky Mountain National Park experience and you want an easily accessible location! Ceremony size of 15 with 3 car limit, so you'll definitely want to carpool! *2020 3M Curve update: Due to road construction the summer of 2020, the park will not be scheduling wedding ceremonies at 3M Curve and Upper Beaver Meadows area from May through October 2020. Alluvial Fan Bridge 7 miles from Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on Old Fall River River. Large boulder-strewn river with waterfall, gorgeous wooden foot bridge, aspen trees, and restrooms. Definitely one of the busier places in the park. Perfect if you want to be near a waterfall and you want an awesome wooden bridge! Ceremony size of 20 with a 5 car limit.
Bear Lake Nature Trail 11 miles from Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. Incredible mountain views, aspen trees, and restrooms. An incredibly busy time year around because of all of the hiking trails that surround Bear Lake. Arguably one of the busiest and most popular locations in the park! Ceremony size of 20 with 5 car limit. However, you may want to park in a different parking lot and bus up to Bear Lake because the parking lot at Bear Lake is usually always full! Perfect for your elopement if you love aspen trees, alpine lakes, and you want the iconic Rocky Mountains in your background! *No weddings permitted from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day. *No weekends any time. Copeland Lake (Wild Basin Area) 13 miles from Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on Highway 7 in Wild Basin. This location is on a stunning alpine lake with mountain views, forested area with aspen trees and has restrooms nearby. This might be your perfect spot if you want a large ceremony space with mountain views and a lake. Vehicle limit of 10 applies from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day with a guest limit of 30. Harbison Meadow Picnic Area (West Side near Grand Lake) Harbison Meadow is located on the West Side of the Park. This location has a large meadow with beautiful mountain view. However, there are no restrooms at this location. Wildlife frequent this area and it is adjacent to Trail Ridge Road! This spot might be perfect for you if you want to see wildlife and want to travel over Trail Ridge Road. Vehicle limit of 10 applies from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day with a guest limit of 60. Hidden Valley 6 miles from the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. Aspen trees and pine trees surround the area, beautiful summer wildflowers, a wooden foot bridge, restrooms, and this location is wheelchair accessible. This site is your perfect site if you want forests of pine and aspen trees, want restrooms, and a wheelchair accessible location. Keep in mind, your ceremony may not occupy picnic sites for ceremonies and a guest limit of 100 during specific times and 20 anytime. Definitely call for availability! Lily Lake Dock 6.4 miles from Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on Highway 7. This location has amazing 360° mountain views, alpine lake, walking trail around the lake, restrooms, and is a wheelchair-accessible trail! This location also has pretty spectacular views of Longs Peak! This spot would be perfect if you want a lake, easily accessible area, and amazing mountain views. Vehicle limit of 10 applies from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day with a guest limit of 10. Lily Lake Trail & Lily Lake Southside Picnic Area 6.4 miles from Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on Highway 7. This location is a 1/4 mile walk on the lake trail, stunning mountain views, and a wheelchair-accessible trail. A knoll overlooks the lake and aspen trees. There is gated access that allows up to 2 vehicles to drive to the site for an additional $50 fee. This location might be perfect if you want a beautiful lake, multiple photo locations and a wheelchair accessible trail. Vehicle limit of 10 applies from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day with a guest limit of 20 for Lily Lake Trail and 30 for Lily Lake Southside Picnic Area.
Moraine Park Visitor Center Amphitheater 2.7 miles from Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on Bear Lake Road. This location has pine trees, view of Moraine Park and Longs Peak, wooden benches, and a rustic amphitheater. Perfect for you if you want something close to the main entrance, pine trees, and built in seating to accommodate your guests!
Ceremony size and vehicle limit of 10 applies from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day with a guest limit of 60 in the summer 100 in the winter.
Sprague Lake One of my favorite locations in the park! Sprague Lake is 7 miles from Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on Bear Lake Road. This location is a wheelchair-accessible trail with dramatic view of mountains and a beautiful lake, dock, knoll, wooden foot bridge, and this location has restrooms. It is also one of the most popular locations in the park, so it is very busy. This location is perfect if you want amazing mountain views, a lake, and a ton of photo opportunities! Ceremony size and vehicle limit of 10 applies from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day with a guest limit of 15 in the summer and 30 in the winter. Keep in mind that your ceremony cannot occupy picnic sites.
Timber Creek Campground Amphitheater This location is on the West Side of the Park. It has partial views of Colorado River and restrooms with a large campground nearby. It is also wheelchair accessible. Perfect if you want to drive Trail Ridge Road and you want to be near a campground!
Parking is limited so I would highly suggest carpooling! This site also has a guest limit of 20. Upper Beaver Meadows Upper Beaver Meadows is an absolutely gorgeous place for your summer elopement! 1.5 miles from the Beaver Meadows VIsitor Center. It has breathtaking views of the Continental Divide, open meadows, and restrooms. However, there is no vehicle access in winter. A perfect spot for you if you are eloping in the summertime, love big open meadows, mountain views, and want to be close to the main entrance! This location has a vehicle limit of 10 and a guest limit of 60. Click here to download a printable ceremony permit application
Let's go! With so many amazing locations to pick from, you really can't go wrong when you elope in Rocky Mountain National Park! So grab your gear and let's go on an adventure of a lifetime!
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