Waterfall weddings in Colorado
Elopements are our specialty and there is no better place to elope in front of a waterfall than in Colorado. Our scenic backdrop with evergreens, rocks and cascading water adds dramatic scenery to your small wedding. Some things to consider before you decide to tie the knot in front of a waterfall:
- Although you may want to get up close, often times there is spray coming off the cascades.
- To access the waterfall, you will most likely need rugged, comfortable shoes to maneuver the terrain. Don't worry though, as you can bring your bridal stilettos along with you for a quick change.
- Being close to a waterfall during the wedding ceremony can be noisy. So, you may want to do the vows about 50 to 100 yards in front of the waterfall.
Chasm Falls - Rocky Mountain National Park
Chasm Falls is located off Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park, CO). Take one of the first pullouts off this one-way, gravel/dirt road. Then, to reach Chasm Falls, hike a short, steep trail that will lead you to a spot with incredible views of the falls. Old Fall River Road is accessible only during certain parts of the year, it is narrow and has switchbacks. But, it is beautiful and a safe drive. Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park website for current trail and road conditions: www.NPS.gov. Also, you will need to pay regular National Park entrance fees and follow park regulations. There is a wedding permit fee required. If you book an intimate wedding package with Custom Weddings of Colorado, we will coordinate all those logistics for you. (Note: as of 6/5/13, Chasm Falls is closed for trail repair.)
Boulder Falls - Boulder, Colorado
Boulder Falls in Boulder Canyon is a very easy site to get to. It is located 11 miles up Boulder Canyon Drive (west of Boulder, CO) on the north side, though the parking area is on t he south side There is a short, well worn path from the pullout viewing area. It flows alongside a creek, so if you have children, be VERY mindful of their location as the currents in the creek are swift. A great thing about this small ceremony site is that you can bring leashed dogs. The trail is only open May 1 through October 31. This destination offers the ability to stay in Boulder for festivities after the elopement.
Rifle Falls State Park - outside of Glenwood Springs, Colorado
This state park is located west of the town of Glenwood Springs. We recommend flying into either Denver, Aspen or Eagle Vail, renting a car and staying at Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs - very close to the hot springs. On your wedding day, enter the Rifle State Park to exchange vows. Normal park fees will apply as well as a ceremony permit (if you book our intimate wedding package, we take care of that for you). The ceremony side is at the base of a 70-foot waterfall which can be seen from the group event area. It makes a dramatic backdrop for your wedding. Also in Rifle Falls State Park is the Mountain Mist Amphitheater which is also available for wedding ceremonies.
Seven Falls - Colorado Springs in South Cheyenne Park
Seven Falls is located outside Colorado Spring in S. Cheyenne Park. It is a bit more tourist, but is still a stunning setting. You can stay in Colorado Springs. Eagles Nest is an overlook in which you can exchange vows. It offers breathtaking views. You will also have views of pine trees and the canyon. You can always walk around the park and take photos wherever you want. With an elopement, you can't reserve it. But, we can call the week before so they can send somebody up there to keep guests from interrupting (nobody ever does that, though). The good thing about this is that you can pretty much exchange vows ANYWHERE within the park if you don't like Eagles Nest.
Copeland Falls - Rocky Mountain National Park
Copeland Falls is accessibly at the Wild Basin Trailhead near Rocky Mountain National Park (located between the towns of Meeker and Allenspark on Colorado Route 7 - off the Peak to Peak Scenic Highway). It is a small falls, but it has got a nice rock overlook so that you are close to the falls, but no right next to it. Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park website for current trail and road conditions: www.NPS.gov. Also, you will need to pay regular National Park entrance fees and follow park regulations. There is a wedding permit fee required. If you book an intimate wedding package with Custom Weddings of Colorado, we will coordinate all those logistics for you.
Helen Hunt Falls - North Cheyenne Cañon Park, Colorado Springs
Helen Hunt Falls is accessible by a fun, short hike inside North Cheyenne Cañon Park. The trail crosses several bridges and takes you up beside the face of the falls, then back around to a creek. It is a very easy trail (.08) and takes one hour or less to do the entire thing. So you can stop at many places with the photographer for photo opportunities.
Fish Creek Falls - Steamboat Springs
This very accessible waterfall is right off Steamboat's main drag. From the trailhead, hike a quarter-mile to the falls. To get to the trailhead, you'll have to go through a pay station. There is a historical bride bridge near the falls that crosses over Fish Creek - great photo opportunities. For those guests with mobility issues, there is a wheelchair accessible overlook trail.
Bridal Veil Falls - Telluride
Bridal Veil Falls are the tallest free-falling falls in Colorado. You can hike, bike or four-wheel drive up the 1.8 mile (one-way) to the top of the falls - it is for the adventurous couple. It takes about 45-minutes to hike to the bottom of the falls. Along the way, stop to take photos with the photographer.