Breckenridge Elopement Planning Guide

Breckenridge is not just a place, it’s a whole vibe – think stunning peaks, serene alpine lakes, and that perfect mix of romance and adventure. So let me ask, are you planning your dream elopement in Breckenridge?

In this blog, I’m spilling all the deets on the coolest spots to elope in Breckenridge. Plus, I’ll give you some tips on the best times to visit and some super fun things to do while you’re there. Are you ready? Let’s get into it!

bride and groom walking hand in hand at a beautiful lake shore in Breckenridge, CO

When to Elope in Breckenridge

No matter the season, Breckenridge is THE place to be for outdoor adventures. Each season brings its own unique set of activities and scenery, so you just have to pick what suits your vision and how you want to spend your elopement day!

Spring

Spring, from mid-April to early June, is considered Breckenridge’s quieter season. It’s the perfect time for those looking to escape the crowds! As the winter snow melts away, trails can get a bit muddy, but let that be a part of the adventure! The higher elevation trails may take a bit longer to open, but there’s still plenty to explore at lower elevations.

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

Summer

From mid-June to early September, Breckenridge transforms into an absolute paradise for adventurous couples wanting to go on a hike together. During summer, you’ll see beautiful hillsides covered with wildflowers, clear alpine lakes and experience cool nights – just right for some epic stargazing.

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

bride and groom walking hand in hand at a beautiful lake shore in Breckenridge, CO

Fall

Fall in Breckenridge is just magical. The mountainsides burst into a kaleidoscope of yellows and oranges, courtesy of the changing aspens. While predicting the exact timing of this color change can be tricky, late September to early October is usually the best time to visit. The temperatures during this time are also still very comfortable for your elopement day!

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

Winter

Winter rolls in from mid-November and stays until early April, turning Breckenridge into a snowy paradise. This season is perfect if you’re into all the snow and ski action that Breckenridge has to offer. Daytime temperatures can vary from freezing to moderately warm, depending on the day. And even with shorter days, there is still plenty of time for some snowy adventures.

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.

Breckenridge colorado snowy mountain views

Pro Tip – I absolutely love early summer for a Breckenridge elopement! This time of year starts warming up nicely, the wildflowers are in full bloom, and you might even catch the mountain tops still dusted with snow. The trails are open and ready for exploring, plus the weather is more predictable, offering fewer surprises!

5 Best Breckenridge Elopement Locations

Sapphire Point Overlook

Overlooking the pristine Dillon Reservoir, Sapphire Point Overlook is nothing short of mesmerizing. This is the most popular place to elope in Breckenridge, actually! Sapphire Point is perfect for couples who love the idea of a mountain view without the need for a strenuous hike in your elopement attire.

Since it’s such a popular spot, you’ll most likely encounter some photobombing tourists around, unless you’re eloping on a weekday or planning a sunrise ceremony.

If you want to see how your elopement in Sapphire Point Overlook could look like, check out this blog for inspo!

Lake Dillon

Lake Dillon, with its crystal-clear alpine waters surrounded by majestic mountains, it is a beautiful backdrop for a serene elopement day. This spot is perfect for you if you’d like to go camping during your elopement day because there are several campgrounds surrounding the area. 

If you want to elope in Lake Dillon, you need to keep in mind that its shoreline is managed by different public lands, so figuring out the exact permit you need is going to be a bit tricky. (Don’t worry, I’d be happy to help you with this!!)

bride and groom sharing a kiss during their breckenridge elopement day

Loveland Pass

Sitting at nearly 12,000 feet of elevation, Loveland Pass offers a beautiful location for your Breckenridge elopement all through the year. Located just 20 minutes from Breckenridge, Loveland Pass has stunning, scenic mountain views, as well as lush aspen groves and fields of wildflowers.

Hoosier Pass

Hoosier Pass, sitting at an elevation of 11,542 feet, is where the sky touches the earth. With breathtaking views of other mountain peaks, this location offers a dramatic and awe-inspiring backdrop for your elopement day! Hoosier Pass also tends less busy than the nearby Boreas Pass, of which I’ll be discussing next!

Boreas Pass

Lastly, Boreas Pass, with its enchanting aspen groves and historic railroad feel, is another stunning Breckenridge elopement location. In the fall, the aspen leaves turn gold, creating a picturesque scenery that’s hard to beat. 

Secret Locations

There are many more beautiful spots here in Breckenridge, but I’ll keep those secret for now. I take a lot of pride in location scouting for my clients to make sure they get the best location, and it doesn’t get overcrowded by people. So, if you want to explore other location options for your Breckenridge elopement, fill out the form here, and let’s start planning your epic adventure!!

Breckenridge Elopement Permits

Figuring out if your dream elopement spot in Colorado needs a permit can be a bit tricky. While not all locations in this beautiful state require a permit, the more sought-after spots usually do. This is especially true for Colorado’s National Parks, certain wilderness areas, and other protected sites, where elopement permits are a must. You’ll need to secure these permits well in advance to guarantee your chosen spot is reserved just for you.

If you choose me as your Colorado elopement photographer, I’ll help you figure out what permits are needed and help you obtain all the necessary permits! You can learn more about my Colorado elopement packages here!

bride and groom having a romantic picnic for their elopement day in breckenridge colorado

Let’s Plan Your Breckenridge Adventure Elopement Together!

I hope that this Breckenridge elopement guide has given you some ideas for your special day in Colorado!

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 blog!

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