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Where to Get Married in
Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park, Colorado
Rocky mountain national park is one of the most picturesque locations to be married in all of Colorado.  Choosing between the grandeur of the mountain peaks, the crystal clear lakes, sparkling waterfalls and creeks,  wild flower blanketed meadows or artfully designed rock outcroppings with bountiful wildlife surrounding you... the decision can be a tough one! 

Our objective on this page is to help guide you through the choices and to explore the different options.  By utilizing our own customized map and the photo guide of different wedding locations, we hope to assist you to find the perfect spot for your wedding nuptials! 

As a reminder, a park permit is required for all weddings in Rocky Mountain National Park, and different locations throughout the park host different rules such as the number of guests allowed, chairs, decor, length of time allotted, etc. 

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Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park Colorado
Directory of Wedding Ceremony Locations

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Sprague Lake - Located along the road towards Bear Lake, there are multiple sites throughout the Sprague Lake area for romantic and private weddings.  Along the main path that is 1/2 mile in length around the lake, you will find the dock, south side peninsula, the overlook bench, and on the north side of the parking lot you will find the pathway to the river overlook and riverside locations.  Picnic tables are available for celebrations although there are NO reservations available - picnic areas are based on first come, first served.  Public restrooms are available - Outhouse style in the winter and full running water restrooms in the summer months.  (Note - RMNP requests that we do NOT utilize the public restrooms for changing into wedding clothes.  If you MUST change into your wedding clothes onsite, bring along a sheet or blanket to put down on the ground in the restroom to protect your clothing)  Sprague Lake is handicap accessible - the walkways are graded although not paved and the parking lot has easily accessible reserved parking for the disabled as wel

DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.


Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
Mid-June through September 30 - 15 People Max
October 1 through Mid-June - 30 People Max
Seating - Benches are available at several sites that will accommodate from 4-8 guests. 
Chairs are limited to a maximum of 6 for elderly or handicapped only.

Sprague Lake Dock
Sprague Lake Peninsula
Sprague Lake North Peninsula
Sprague Lake Overlook
Sprague Lake River Head
Sprague Lake Center Ice
Sprague Lake Meadow

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Sprague Lake Dock

Liz and Michael - December, 2013
Ceremony Site - Sprague Lake Dock





Heather and James - November, 2013
Ceremony Site - Sprague Lake Dock





Nicky and Brandon - July, 2013
Ceremony Site - Sprague Lake Dock





Brianne and Tony - January, 2014
Ceremony Site - Sprague Lake Dock
 




Beth and Ray - May, 2012




Sprague Lake Peninsula


Ashley and Taylor - September, 2012
Ceremony Site - Sprague Lake Peninsula
 







Keeana and Brad - August, 2013
Ceremony Site - Sprague Lake Dock
 





Melissa and Mark - October, 2013
Ceremony Site - Sprague Lake Dock


 







 

Sprague Lake North Peninsula

Ashley and James - September, 2013
Ceremony Site - Sprague North Peninsula
 





Sam and Laramie - May, 2013
Ceremony Site - Sprague North Peninsula








 







 

Sprague Lake River Head

Susanna and Alex - December, 2013
Ceremony Site - Sprague Lake River Head
 




Tracy and Pablo - October, 2013
Ceremony Site - Sprague Lake River Head
 








Sprague Lake Center Ice

Wendy and Levi - February, 2013




Tori and Marcus - December, 2013












Sprague Lake Meadow

Karen and Joe - November, 2013
Ceremony Site - Sprague Lake Meadow
 




Sprague Lake Overlook

Suzanne and Aaron - May, 2013












 

Holly and Bradley - June, 2013
 







Shawna and Peter - November, 2013








Cami and Tory - July, 2013




 

         

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Moraine Park Overlook


Moraine Park Overlook - As it's own island to the meadow below, Moraine Park Overlook is a beautiful spot that provides views of 360% of mountain peaks, and beautiful Moraine Park that is frequented by deer, elk, coyotes, rabbits and more wildlife than you can see in any other spot within the park.  An easy walk from the road, there is limited parking available.  No restrooms or picnic accommodations in the immediate area.

Due to impact on resources, Moraine Park is a NON-DESIGNATED area for weddings
and requires special authorization for access.  This access must be granted prior to
a permit being issued.


DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
May through October - 15 People Max
November through April - 20 People Max
Seating - Chairs are NOT permitted at this location.

Rachel and Lonnie - October, 2013






Tanya and Randy - September, 2013




         


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Cub Lake Trailhead


Cub Lake Trailhead - A very private area off of the Cub Lake Trailhead pathway lush with green grass and vegetation.  Magnificent views of the mountains and located streamside.  Nearby bridge and fallen trees provide great photo opportunities as well.  Limited parking with shuttle services from nearby lots.  No restrooms.  Picnic area nearby.

Due to impact on resources, Cub Lake Trailhead is a NON-DESIGNATED area for
weddings and  requires special authorization for access.  This access must be granted
prior to a permit being issued.


DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
May through October - 15 People Max
November through April - 20 People Max
Seating - Chairs are NOT permitted at this location.




 



    

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Moraine Pointe

Moraine Pointe - One of our most popular newly discovered sites... limited parking and a short walk up hill, but graced by spectacular views of 360% of mountain grandeur, overlooking a meadow with wildlife stopping by frequently to graze, and a crystal clear river perfect for photo opportunities.  The walk uphill can be difficult for handicapped or elderly, so keep that in mind when making plans.  As well, because it is the only high point in the area, breezes can come up unexpectedly and guests may need to bring a jacket.

Due to impact on resources, Moraine Park is a NON-DESIGNATED area for weddings
and requires special authorization for access.  This access must be granted prior to
a permit being issued.


DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Lack of trails can mean difficult hiking conditions in snow or rain and is not recommended for winter months.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
May through October - 15 People Max
November through April - 20 People Max
Seating - Chairs are NOT permitted at this location.




















Susan and Brayden - October, 2013







 

         


 

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Moraine Park Amphitheater

Moraine Park Amphitheater  - A location perfect for larger wedding groups - built in theater style seating can accommodate groups of up to 100. A Parking lot is adjacent to the amphitheater but is widely used by tourists in summer months so carpooling is strongly suggested.  The ceremony site is located just west of the Moraine Park Visitor Center and shares the same parking lot.  The walk is about 200 yards and is an upgraded walk with some slight stairs along the path.  

DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
100 People Max
Seating - Stadium Seating Benches are available.









 

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Moraine Park


Moraine Park - A wealth of locations within this park that provide you with spectacular backdrops, river side locations and lush meadows.  Parking is varied depending on location, and there are no restrooms.  Picnic tables are scattered throughout the area. 

Due to impact on resources, Moraine Park is a NON-DESIGNATED area for weddings
and requires special authorization for access.  This access must be granted prior to
a permit being issued.


DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
May through October - 15 People Max
November through April - 20 People Max
Seating - Chairs are NOT permitted at this location.

Moraine Park Riverside








Moraine Park Meadow









Moraine Park Bridge



Moraine Park Center





 

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Alluvial Fan


Alluvial Fan - If you are looking for a waterfall feature that is located a short walk from ample parking, this is an excellent location.  Approx. 1/4 mile walk to various locations in the area depending on your willingness to hike, climb, and the number of guests you have.  Public restrooms and picnic areas are located just off of 2 large parking areas.  Bridges, rock outcroppings, waterfalls, rivers and mountain backdrops provide multiple sites for photos.

DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
Year Round - 20 People Max
Seating - Benches are available at several sites that will accommodate from 4-8 guests. 
Chairs are limited to a maximum of 2-3 for elderly or handicapped only.

 

Dawn and Matt - August, 2013











Regina and Roy - September, 2013









 

Alicia and Ryan - September, 2013
 





 

Belinda and Jams - December, 2013














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Lily Lake


Lily Lake - Lily Lake is one of the few sites within Rocky Mountain National Park that does NOT require the $20 per car entrance fee.  (NOTE - It DOES still require the park permit to reserve the space for weddings) It is located on the southeastern portion of the park and is accessed from Highway 7.  Lily Lake is one of the few sites in RNMP that will allow larger weddings to take place, up to 100 in the designated picnic/meadow area and up to 10 at the dock.  Magnificent views of Longs Peak and meadows that are blanketed in wildflowers through July/August lend to beautiful photo sites.  Public restrooms and picnic areas are located onsite.  This is an excellent site if you have guests with physical limitations where you want to avoid longer walks as the dock is located only a 3-4 minute walk from the parking lot.

DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
10 People on the Dock,  20 People Around the Lake's Trail Areas/Peninsula
 100 People at the Picnic Area
Seating - Benches are available at several sites that will accommodate from 4-8 guests. 
Chairs are limited to a maximum of 6 for elderly or handicapped only.  Picnic tables are available at the hillside/picnic table for ceremony seating for larger groups.

Lily Lake Dock






Shannon and Eric - August, 2013
Ceremony Site - Lily Lake Doc
 











Vizalia and Eric - June, 2013
Ceremony Site - Lily Lake Doc










Lily Lake Picnic Area/Hilltop

Renae and Martin - September, 2013
Ceremony Site - Lily Lake Picnic Area



Laura and Anthony - August, 2013
Ceremony Site - Lily Lake Picnic Area
 









 

Stacy and Andy - September, 2013
Ceremony Site - Lily Lake Picnic Area

 












 

Lily Lake North Penninsula
Ceremony Site - North Peninsula












 Lily Lake North Hillside




Lily Lake North Bridge





Lily Lake West Peninsula




 

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Bear Lake

Bear Lake - One of the higher lakes in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Bear Lake is well known for its frozen status that allows for "Center Ice" weddings during the winter.  Summer provides spectacular close-up views of the mountains.  Excellent parking availability and public restrooms as well as picnic areas.  A favorite for winter wedding couples looking to snow shoe, or just for that true 'Winter Wonderland' setting!  A friendly warning to those who are not fans of cold - Bear Lake in the winter can produce high winds with blowing snow and bitter cold temperatures.  You'll want to wear your snow boots and long underwear under that beautiful dress!  For those brave enough to endure?  Bear Lake is the perfect location for "Snow Angel" and snow ball fight photos!

DATE AVAILABILITY -
No Weddings From Mid-June to Mid-October

Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
Mid-October to Mid-June - 20 People Max
Seating - Benches are available at several sites that will accommodate from 4-8 guests. 
Chairs are limited to a maximum of 2-3 for elderly or handicapped only.

Jill and Justin - October, 2013













 

Amy and Braden - November, 2013







Lexi and Austin - December, 2013




Rhonda and Thomas - January, 2014






 

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Upper Beaver Meadow


Beaver Meadows Overlook - This site offers abundant space for larger groups with lush meadows with wildflowers and panoramic views of the mountains, or the more intimate site with spectacular rock outcroppings and staggering views of the range.  A short walk from the roadside, this site offers only limited parking and no restrooms. 

DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.
No Vehicle Access on the Road in the Winter

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
Year Round - 60 People Max
Seating - Chairs are limited to a maximum of 6 for elderly or handicapped only.

Marissa and Stephen - August, 2013












Wendy and John - September, 2013









 

Patricia and Alan - September, 2013








 

Leesa and Sam - November, 2013





 

Megan and Lawrence - December, 2013


 

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Hidden Valley

Nestled in-between the north and south entrances into RMNP is Hidden Valley - the historical former area in the Estes Park Area.  Easy access pathways lead your guests to a meadow that is one of the few locations within RMNP where seating for your guests is allowed.  Trekking further up the trail you will find streams with vintage bridges for beautiful photos and other more intimate locations for smaller groups.  Ample parking is available and public restrooms are also open.

DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
100 Guests Year Round
Seating - Chairs are limited to a maximum of 20.


Stacy and Art - July, 2013







Stacy and Mark - August, 2013









 

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Trail Ridge Road


Trail Ridge Road - With the seasonal closing of Trail Ridge Road, many couples seek the perfect "high" spot along the way.  These are multiple sites that are easy access from the road that offer stunning views of the valley below in every direction imaginable!

Due to impact on resources, Trail Ridge Road is a NON-DESIGNATED area for weddings
and requires special authorization for access.  This access must be granted prior to
a permit being issued.


DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Seasonal Road Closed from Fall until Summer.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
8 People Max
Seating - Chairs are NOT permitted at this location.

Seven Parks Lookout Point
 




 

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Copeland Falls


Located just west of Wild Basin Lodge and Copeland Lake, Copeland Falls is a moderate 1/4 mile well paved walk to a beautiful flat rock area that overlooks upper Copeland Falls.  A few feet below is Lower Copeland Falls which is a great site for 2-6 people.   The walk to the falls lends way to beautiful photo sites with bridges over babbling brooks and aspen groves.  There is a maximum for guests of 15-20 people as parking is very limited in the summer months.  During the winter months this area of the park is NOT regularly maintained and should be taken into consideration as the pathway can be snow packed and icy.
 

Due to impact on resources, Copeland Falls is a NON-DESIGNATED area for weddings
and requires special authorization for access.  This access must be granted prior to
a permit being issued.


DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Parking is difficult in summer months and can require a hike from overflow lots. Lack of trails can mean difficult hiking conditions in snow or rain and roads are not maintained after September to through traffic. NOT recommended for winter months.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
May through October - 12 People Max
Seating - Chairs are NOT permitted at this location.


























 






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3M Curve

3M Curve - Nestled just shy of 3 miles from the South Entrance into RMNP, 3M Curve is a hidden treasure that boasts spectacular views of Moraine Park and the majestic peaks of Hallet's Peak all the way to Long's Peak and beyond.  A popular hang out for wild life and full of unique moss rock outcroppings, this is the perfect location for those looking for expansive views and panoramic imagery for the background of your wedding photos!  Limited pull-off parking makes this the perfect intimate setting for weddings with under 18 guests in attendance.

DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
Year Round - 15 People Max
Seating - Chairs are limited to a maximum of 2-3 for elderly or handicapped only.

 

Amy and Nick - July, 2013








 

Ashley and Jimmy - October, 2013















Belinda and Sam - September, 2013





 

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Estes Park Waterwheel


Estes Park Historic Water Wheel - A popular site for locals and tourists is the historic water wheel located just on the East side of Estes Park's Elkhorn Boulevard.  This small park offers grassy areas with views of the waterwheel and riverside photo sites.  Ample parking and public restrooms are adjacent to the park as well as many picnic tables in the area.  Minutes away walking distance are some of Estes Park's favorite eating establishments for your after ceremony celebration.  Because the site is not located inside of Rocky Mountain National Park, no park fees are associated with the location - making it a favorite for budget minded weddings!  Those looking for privacy for their ceremony may need to reconsider this location, as it is in a very public are and prone to onlookers and well wishers!

DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Year round access.


Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
 40 People Max
Seating - Up to 25 Chairs

Audrey and Alex - September, 2012











Lisa and John - May, 2013



 

   

 

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Lake Estes Park Fisherman's Nook  Dock


Lake Estes Fisherman's Nook Dock - A public fishing dock situated on Lake Estes and adjacent to the public walkway that circles the lake.  This is a site with beautiful views of Estes and the surrounding mountains.  A frequent viewing area for Bald and Golden Eagles fishing on the lake and grazing elk.  Located on a public walkway, reservations are required to ensure the dock is private for your group.  The fee for a wedding at Fisherman's Nook is $75 and will be secured through Marry Me In Colorado.  Because of it's location on the public walkway, it is better suited for intimate groups.

DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
May through October - 15 People Max
November through April - 20 People Max
Seating - Benches are available at several sites that will accommodate up to 10 guests.

CEREMONY SITE FEE - $75.00 
 

Sonja and Emilio - August, 2013











Lisa and Justin - February, 2013





 

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Estes Park Overlook - The Knoll


Estes Park Overlook - "The Knoll" -  Located right in the heart of Estes Park, this site offers a multitude of backdrops with mountain views, views of the Historic Stanley Hotel and Lake Estes.  This is public site that is graded with hiking trails and most locations are only 50-100 yards of a walk.  As it is a public area, private permits are not issued meaning that there is no guarantee against other groups or tourists in the area.  No restrooms are located at this site and limited parking is available. 

DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
May through October - 20 People Max
November through April - 30 People Max
Seating - Chairs are limited to a maximum of 10 for elderly or handicapped only.

Lindsay and Preston - January, 2013













Megan and Devon - November, 2013










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To see additional photos of these sites as well as other venues in the Estes Park and
Rocky Mountain National Park area, visit our RECENTLY COMPLETED WEDDINGS 
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