How to Plan Maroon Bells Elopement:
Few things to keep in mind when planing your Maroon Bells wedding:
- During the season June-Oct the vehicle traffic is restricted on Maroon Creek Road from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. past the Maroon Bells Welcome Station, and one must have a reservation to enter by car past 5:00 pm. Alternatively there is a shuttle system in place but you also have to make the reservations in advance. Individuals who reserve this site for their wedding are issued five vehicle passes which allow travel in a motorized vehicle past this point.
- From Mid November to mid June the Maroon Creek Road is closed and it's only accessible via a long hike, snowshoeing, skiing, or snowmobile.
- Entry to Maroon Bells costs 10$ pr vehicle (with parking reservation), and the shuttle 16$ one way.
- In order to elope at the iconic Amphitheater you have to reserve the site a year in advance. Read below about how to do it.
- If you are getting married outside of the park and don't want to deal with reservations for the amphitheater but would like to have pictures taken in from of the Bells, you don't need any permits for photography. Things can always change so I urge you check with the ranger.
- You will need CO marriage license which you can obtain up to 30 days in advance for any county clerk.
Maroon Bells Amphitheater
Probably the most popular outdoor venue in the mountains in Colorado with the spectacular Maroon Bells dominate this setting is Maroon Bells Amphitheater. the beautiful setting make this venue is especially popular for recreational events and weddings.
The amphitheater is available for use by the general public but can be reserved for private events such as small weddings and elopements. The maximum number of people allowed at the amphitheater is 50 people, but keep in mind that receptions are not allowed at this location. If you want to host a reception they can be held at the East Maroon Portal Picnic site, approximately a four mile drive.
In order to elope at Maroon Bells Amphitheater you must make a reservation year in advance.
Reservations are not accepted for Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August and on Sundays in September and October.
- Cost of the reservation is $200 and the reservation for the following year opens in July
- There are toilets near the amphitheater and water fountain
- Parking is located about 200 yards from the venue and the access to the amphitheater is wheel-chair accessible.
Best Photo and Elopement Locations in Maroon Bells
If Maroon Bells Amphitheater is not available and you really want to elope in the wilderness the more remote locations might not be ideal. As long as you're not having more than 10 guests permits might not be required but I'd always check for updates with the ranger.
Parties are limited to 10 people total—this reduces the environmental impact.
Maroon Bells Scenic Loop- This in my opinion is the easiest and most picturesque stroll for those who want to explore the beauty of the Maroon Bells without hiking deep out into the wilderness. You can easily spend a few hours exploring the area around and beyond the lake and stop for some portraits after a family ceremony at The Amphitheater.
Crater Lake Loop-This 3.5 mile uphill trail takes you out to the shores of a lake where you can get married before the gorgeous Maroon Bells peaks! This trail is not very long but pretty uphill so keep that in mind when planning. It is only accessible for hiking from June-October, though it is possible to make it in snowshoes during the colder months of the year. Dogs are allowed on this trail, but must be kept on leash.
Top 4 Reasons to Elope at Maroon Bells
- Stunning Photo Opportunities: Maroon Bells is famous for its jaw-dropping beauty, with twin peaks reflecting in the crystal-clear Maroon Lake. The surrounding wilderness and alpine meadows create a dreamy backdrop for your special day.If you're a nature lover or appreciate scenic landscapes, Maroon Bells offers countless photo opportunities. Your elopement photographer can capture your special moments with the majestic mountains and pristine lakes as your backdrop. Whether you're eloping in the summer with the wildflowers or in an early fall with yellow aspen the backdrop will be gorgeous.
- Dog Friendly Location: Unlike National parks some state parks or wilderness allow dogs (as long as they're kept on a leash) which for any dog owner is a huge bonus. Endless trails allow for a fun post ceremony activities, and what better way than to include your pooch.
- One of The Most Gorgeous Outdoor Venues: Maroon Bells Amphitheater a stunning and unique wedding venue choice, offering a breathtaking natural setting for couples who love the outdoors and want to exchange their vows surrounded by majestic mountain peaks. Not often do you get to have the iconic peaks, peaceful nature and spectacular mountain views for $200.
- Privacy and Less Crowds: Even though the reservations might seem limiting and intimidating you're guaranteed for more private event and less crowded location. I photographed an elopement in Maroon Bells in July and surprisingly there were no crowds and my clients' experience was both fun and an intimate.
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