Tips on How to Get Married in Rocky Mountain National Park

Bride and Groom Kissing on top of a rock in rocky mountain national park

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most epic places to elope! There are several different kinds of landscapes you can find throughout the park. Explore mountains, forests, lakes and waterfalls. There is a ton of wildlife that resides in the park – you might be lucky enough to have an elk walk through your photos! RMNP is one of my favorite places to take couples on their wedding day. Thinking about getting married in the park? Read about how you can have your ceremony here!

Bride and groom sharing their first dance on trail ridge road in rocky mountain national park

About Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain National Park makes up 265,807 acres of Colorado. The park includes part of the front range and mountains line the north-south that marks the eastern edge of the southern rocky mountains. The continental divide runs through the northwest-southeast through the center of the park.

Additionally, Rocky Mountain National Park has three ecosystems: montane, subalpine, and alpine tundra. There are 700 plant life species that can be found in the park. Trees such as, aspen, fir, spruce and pine are part of these habitats. If you’re lucky you will be able to wildlife meandering throughout the park. You can find bighorn sheep, deer, mountain lions, bobcats, bears, elk and moose.

Bride and Groom laying down in the mountains at Rocky Mountain National Park Looking up at the sky

How to Get Married in Rocky Mountain

To have your elopement inside Rocky Mountain you have to apply for a permit. These permits become available one year in advance. So you can only apply as early as your planned wedding date the year before.

Furthermore, due to the popularity of the park you need to be flexible with dates. The date you want may not be available so you’ll need to have some back-up dates in mind.

Additionally, you can only have your ceremony in designated wedding sites throughout the park. If there aren’t any permits left you can not get married inside the park. However, you can get married outside of the park and go into RMNP just for portraits.

Bride leading groom up a hill in rocky mountain national park

Ceremony Locations Inside the Park

There are 11 designated ceremony locations inside Rocky Mountain National Park. Be sure to check all of them out before you apply for your permit so you know exactly which location to request.

  1. 3M Curve
  2. Sprague Lake
  3. Bear Lake
  4. Upper Beaver Meadows
  5. Hidden Valley
  6. Lily Lake
  7. Copeland Lake
  8. Moraine Park Amphitheater
  9. Harbison Meadow
  10. Timber Creek Amphitheater
  11. Alluvial Fan Bridge
bride and groom hugging while looking out at the mountains in rocky mountain

A Look at Adam and Kirstie’s Elopement

Adam and Kirstie had recently gotten married., but they wanted to take mountain wedding photos in their wedding attire. So they planned a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park to do just that! I had photographed Adam and Kirstie before, so when they asked if I would photograph them in RMNP I was elated! I was so excited to get another opportunity to work with this amazing couple again.

Overall, the great thing about taking photos of a couple after their wedding day is that there isn’t any stress and they can just have fun! Not to mention we can take our time and explore all the amazing locations throughout the park.

Moreover, it also allows couples to be totally present and not have to worry about a timeline! It was so fun to run around with them and celebrate their love in one of the most beautiful places.

bride and groom hugging while in a meadow in rocky mountain national park
bride and groom wrapped up on eachothers waist facing away from the camera and looking out at rocky mountain national park

Ready to get married in Rocky Mountain National Park?

If you are considering getting married in Rocky Mountain National Park I would love to photograph your elopement in the mountains of Colorado! Let’s start planning your wedding together. Reach out here to get started.

bride and groom standing on a mountain in rocky mountain national park while bride kisses the groom on the forhead