Telluride Elopement Planning Guide

Are you planning to elope in Telluride? If you are, thats a great choice!! If you are on the fence, let this guide help you fall in love with Telluride. This Telluride elopement planning guide is all about helping you create an epic elopement in one of the most stunning places in Colorado!

From jaw-dropping waterfalls to cozy mountain overlooks, Telluride offers a perfect blend of romance and adventure. 

In this post, you’ll get the scoop on all the best Telluride elopement locations, as well as tips on the best time of year to visit and fun elopement activities to do while you’re there! With that said, let’s get into it!

mountain views during a telluride elopement day

When to Elope in Telluride

When choosing the best season for your Telluride elopement, you will want to think about the vibes you’d like for your day, as well as what kind of activities you’d like to do on your elopement day. With that in mind, Telluride is VERY popular during the summer and winter months, so be prepared for larger crowds and book lodging ahead of time!


Springtime in Telluride is when the locals unwind after a busy winter season. This means you will find fewer crowds around, however, it also means that some restaurants and vendors might be on their break too. The weather can be a bit unpredictable with unexpected rain showers and even the occasional snow storm, but if you’re looking for a quieter, off-season feel, spring could be the perfect match.

Spring is great for hiking, exploring waterfalls, and going on off-roading adventures through scenic mountain trails.


Summer in Telluride is so beautiful! The wildflowers are in full bloom, jeep trails are wide open and the alpine air is nice and crisp. Sure, it’s the most popular time of year, so expect some company on the trails, but the beauty and energy of summer here are unmatched!

Summer is great for hiking, biking, paddleboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, off-roading and exploring the rugged terrains by 4×4 vehicles.


Fall in Telluride is an absolute dream you don’t want to miss!! It is a popular time for elopements, thanks to the breathtaking fall colors and the comfortable, and cool weather. The fall season in Telluride offers a peaceful, intimate setting as the summer crowds disperse, making it an ideal time for those dreamy, romantic elopement photos.

Fall is a good time for more hiking, aspen hunting, enjoying the vibrant foliage, and off-roading, as well.


Winter is not for the faint of heart but winter in Telluride is absolutely gorgeous! From December to April, the area transforms into a winter wonderland, brimming with adventure and stunning snowy peaks. It’s the peak season for ski enthusiasts, so expect a lively atmosphere and some of the most beautiful snowy backdrops you can imagine. Mountain peak access will be limited due to snow, and it’s a busier and pricier time to be in the area due to the ski season. But don’t let all of that stop you if you want a cozy winter experience for your elopement day.

Of course, the winter season is all about the winter activities! You could go skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, ice fishing, snow tubing, cross-country skiing, and, for those seeking unique winter off-road thrills, guided snowcat or snowmobile excursions.

groom hugging his bride from behind with mountains in the backdrop

6 Best Telluride Elopement Locations

Bridal Veil Falls

Nestled in Telluride’s rugged terrain, Bridal Veil Falls stands tall at 365 feet, creating a mesmerizing backdrop for your elopement. The cascading waterfall flows gracefully down the steep cliffs, offering a dramatic and romantic atmosphere. This spot is the best in late spring or early summer when the waterfall is at its peak!

Lake Hope

Hidden within the San Juan Mountains, Lake Hope is a pristine alpine gem perfect for a dreamy Telluride elopement day. The crystal-clear lake, surrounded by towering mountain peaks, provides a serene and intimate setting. Lake Hope is a great place for a summer elopement while the wildflower meadows are in full bloom!

San Sophia Overlook

If you want panoramic views of Telluride’s breathtaking landscapes, San Sophia Overlook is for you! This spot offers a dramatic backdrop for your elopement, especially during summer evenings when you can witness those gorgeous sunsets. Accessible year-round, this location is easily reached via a short 5-minute walk on a flat gravel path, making it suitable for guests of all ages. It’s also just a 15-minute drive from Telluride, making it convenient for lodging in the area.

Alta Lakes

Alta Lakes truly is a hidden gem near Telluride. It beckons visitors with its pristine alpine charm. Surrounded by golden aspen groves in the fall, this high-altitude lake offers a stunning backdrop for your elopement. In summer, the wildflowers around the lakes add a splash of color to the already stunning landscape.

Yankee Boy Basin

Nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, Yankee Boy Basin is a picturesque location for your elopement day. While at Yankee Boy Basin, consider venturing a bit further to discover the beautiful Blue Lakes. The serenity and beauty of Yankee Boy Basin, coupled with the nearby Blue Lakes, will really make your Telluride elopement day unforgettable.

Last Dollar Road

Last Dollar Road is a scenic byway that winds through Telluride’s meadows and aspen groves. It’s most famous for its breathtaking fall foliage, making it an ideal choice for an autumn elopement. It’s perfect for couples who want a scenic drive experience as part of their elopement adventure.

Secret Locations

Oftentimes, couples find that the best places to elope in Telluride are the little less known locations. Something that is off the beaten path. I have a list full of epic locations for those bold and adventurous couples to explore. So if you are looking for something a little different or something off the beaten path, please reach out to me! Go ahead and fill out the form here, and let’s start planning your epic adventure!!

close up of bride and groom holding hands with blurred mountain backdrop

Telluride Elopement Permits

In order to elope in Telluride, you may need a special use permit. Most elopement locations in Telluride are located within the San Juan National Forest, which doesn’t require a permit if you have less than 75 people attending (shouldn’t be a problem for your epic adventure elopement!). That said, I always double-checking the permit requirements for your specific location. It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?

If you want to work with me as your Colorado elopement photographer, I will help you figure out and obtain all the necessary permits. So no worries there. You can learn more about my Colorado elopement packages here!

beautiful telluride mountain view through the window

Let’s Plan Your Telluride Adventure Elopement Together!

I hope that this Telluride elopement guide has given you some ideas for your special day in Colorado and maybe helped you jump off the fence and decide that Telluride is the PERFECT place to elope!

If you’re planning your elopement day, you may be on the lookout for your dream Colorado elopement photographer and adventure buddy! If so, I’d LOVE to meet you! You can learn more about me here!
And if you’re looking for more elopement planning resources or inspiration for what your day could look like, check out the rest of my blogs here!

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