Tucked in the mountains, a little over 3 hours from the Denver Airport you’ll find Rocky Mountain National Park – one of the most beautiful spots in Colorado to have your elopement.
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited National Parks that covers 415 square miles in Estes Park, Colorado. The park boasts over 300 miles of hiking trails throughout various terrains leaving you with plenty of options to choose from for your Colorado Elopement.
Rocky Mountain National Park is also home to one of the highest (over 12,000 feet) paved roads through the alpine tundra that no other National Park can offer.
For Cole and Brittany’s Elopement at Rocky Mountain National Park, we used Lilly Lake Dock for the ceremony but also took bridal portraits on the trails around Lilly Lake.
Choosing to elope means acknowledging the fact that the weather can change at any given moment and you must be flexible with your plans. My job as a photographer and someone who knows the area well is to help keep you safe. The last thing I would want to do is put you in danger.
The weather in Rocky Mountain National Park can change at a moment’s notice and you must be prepared for that. The higher you go in elevation, the colder/windier it will be.
These will be your optimal months if you are hoping to avoid snow and have nearly perfect weather. It won’t be extremely hot and it certainly won’t be too cold. However, please be aware that there are almost always afternoon showers in the mountains but they will clear off and last for about 30-45 minutes.
These months are certainly the most populated. It’s when everyone is on summer vacation and getting all of their hiking in. As always, if you’re looking to avoid the crowds opt for a sunrise elopement, chances are you’ll have the place to yourself.
If you are looking for those beautiful aspens to start changing colors – this time of the year in Colorado is your best bet. You’ll get the beautiful fall colors, the weather won’t be too warm or too cold. The fall colors usually appear around Labor Day but they can be gone as soon as October. More than likely you’ll even get some snow-capped mountains in the background. However, please be aware that there is a high probability that the roads leading to higher elevations and locations like Trail Ridge Road will be closed the closer we get to October.
The crowds at Rocky Mountain National Park definitely start to die down during these months
Now you’re entering the winter months in the mountains. Be prepared with extra layers, hand warmers, and probably some hot cocoa if you choose to elope during these months. Roads leading to higher elevations will likely be closed during this time.
However, these months are also the least populated meaning a more intimate elopement.
Springtime in Rocky Mountain National Park will definitely be more green but you can still expect to see snow. Late spring is when the beautiful flowers start popping up and the weather won’t be as intense. Trail Ridge Road usually opens towards the end of May.
Although there are lots of great planners that you can reach out to but most photographers will gladly help you with the entire process. A huge bonus is that your photographer will also know the best spots for photos :).
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