There are 16 national parks, monuments, historic sites, historic trails, recreation areas, and preserves located in Colorado. Arguably, the crown jewel of these is Rocky Mountain National Park and it’s beem breaking records with over 4.5 million visitors each year. It’s also the closest National Park to the Front Range and Colorado’s most populated area. This means that elopements and weddings at Rocky Mountain National Park are incredibly in demand. If you’ve ever visited this stunning national park located between Grand Lake to the west and Estes Park to the east, you’ll understand why it’s one of Colorado’s most popular places to elope.
The mountain views are spectacular and it’s an outdoor lover’s dream. Rocky Mountain National Park is perfect for no-frills couples who just want a simple, rustic ceremony site and don’t need or want a lot of set up, chairs, and other complicated decor for their wedding celebrations.
Because Rocky Mountain National Park has such a high number of visitors and is so well loved, they have recently instituted quite a few strict rules about where and how you can get married inside the park boundaries to help keep this national park a wonderful place for all visitors to treasure and enjoy. The most limiting thing couples should know upfront is that they are only allowed to get married at a set number of predetermined locations inside the park and RMNP only allows a total of 6 ceremonies per day throughout the entire park.
Even if it’s just the two of you, they only allow permits for ceremonies to be conducted at the sites they have specified. In the past you could pretty much get married wherever you wanted, but in recent years they’ve made changes to help protect the fragile environment in the park. You can hike or drive to your favorite locations that aren’t on the official list and take some photos, but the park does not allow the exchanging of vows anywhere but the sites listed below. (I have heard rumors through the photographer grapevine that the rangers do check social media to find and fine couples and photographers who break this rule so please beware and don’t try to risk it so that we don’t all lose the privilege of holding ceremonies inside the park completely).