How to Elope in Breckenridge Colorado?
Breckenridge is set among picturesque mountains, green forests, aspen groves and stunning lakes. It makes the perfect backdrop for a romantic and intimate elopement celebration. No matter the time of year, you can expect natural beauty all around you. When my clients Trina and Sean asked me to find them a location near Denver (that’s where most of the guests were staying) I knew we don’t have time to get any permits for the Rocky Mountain National Park or the famous Maroon Bells, I started looking at locations on forest land that are fast and easy with permits.
If you’re looking for flexibility with time, and privacy during your elopement in Breckenridge, as always I recommend choosing a weekday. In spring-fall all the popular hiking trails are busy therefore parking on popular trails can be an issue. If a weekday isn’t possible, another option is to plan your elopement for sunrise or sunset when the area is less crowded and more secluded. Breckenridge and the entire Summit County area have so many lovely places or your Colorado elopement.
As always you will need a marriage license which you can get as soon as 24h before your elopement from the nearest clerk. You will need two witnesses (in CO a dog can be your witness), and you don’t need an officiant. CO is among a few states that allow you to self-solemnize, although I always recommend hiring an officiant. One reason is many couples are lost at what to say, and a good officiant can help you to guide you through this very important part of your elopement and make the ceremony more meaningful and personalized. On this wedding I worked with amazing officiant Tirzah, who is wonderful, kind LGBTQ officiant and provides a safe environment to all lgbtq couples eloping and getting married.
Popular Elopement Locations in Breckenridge.
Breckenridge area have so many lovely places for your Colorado elopement but Sapphire Point is probably the most popular one. If you prefer to hike the trail to a secluded natural spot for your vows, marriage ceremony, or nearlywed photos, I’m always ready to hike. There are many hikes that lead to amazing locations (many don’t require any permits). I will be happy to share them if that’s what you want to do.
If accessibility is your main concern, and you want it to be a short hike here are some of the most popular locations.
The first thing you need to know about a Sapphire Point elopement is that you need to make reservations for its famous overlook of the Dillon Reservoir and Gore and Tenmile mountain ranges. The Recreation.gov website for Sapphire Point can be a little confusing, since it’s not actually a campground, but when you make the reservation for this spot you’re booking it as a campground.
Having a reservation means you will be the only couple getting married there in your two-hour window (between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm
Reserving Sapphire Point Overlook costs $110 per two-hour time slot (you can book more than one if you need more time). There’s also a $10 reservation fee. You can reserve this popular view up to six months in advance. As of January, 2022, elopements at Sapphire Point are limited to three (total) per day. Also, Summit County has really cracked down on parking on Swan Mountain Road.
Boreas Pass: Located just outside of Breckenridge, Boreas Pass is a beautiful spot for a mountain elopement. The location offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
Carter Park: This park is located in the heart of Breckenridge and offers a beautiful setting for an intimate elopement. The park features a pavilion, picnic areas, and beautiful views of the mountains. It does require wedding permit to hold a ceremony.
If you're looking for more suggestions or more off the beaten path locations make sure you reach out. If hiking is not a concern to you I might know just the right spot.