Where to Get Married in
Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park is one of the top rated destination wedding locations in the US.  Venues and wedding sites are abundant... from the grandure of Rocky Mountain National Park to quaint B&Bs, private homes in the forrest to elegant hotels and wedding specific venues.

As local wedding professionals IN Estes Park with first hand knowledge and experience... Our objective on this page is to help guide you through the choices and to explore the different options.  

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most picturesque locations to be getting married in all of Colorado.  Choosing between the grandeur of the mountain peaks, the crystal clear lakes, sparkling waterfalls and creeks,  wild flower blanketed meadows or artfully designed rock outcroppings with bountiful wildlife surrounding you... the decision can be a tough one!  By utilizing our own customized map and the photo guide of different wedding locations, we hope to assist you to find the perfect spot for your wedding nuptials! 

As a reminder, a park permit is required for all weddings in Rocky Mountain National Park, and different locations throughout the park host different rules such as the number of guests allowed, chairs, decor, length of time allotted, etc.

Black Canyon Inn - Estes Park
A full-service wedding ceremony venue with stunning views and superior staff.  Adjacent to Twin Owl's Steakhouse for an upscale dining experience.  Black Canyon operates year round, with a covered pavilion for ceremonies up to 150 guests, and in the summer quaint elopements are also held on the property's island.  Abundant with photo spots, a small reception room (Sloan's Creek Room) to accommodate 60 guests.  Onsite housing ranges from studio guest rooms to large fully appointed condos.

The Historic Stanley Hotel - Estes Park
An Estes Park Staple for weddings and for those seeking a historical and famous hotel.  (The Shining's inspiration) A full-service hotel featuring multiple wedding ceremony venues including the Long's Peak Lawn, Rose Garden Gazebo and the new Pavilion.  All with stunning views and beautifully appointed.  Multiple reception rooms are available to accommodate intimate groups from 10 up to 200+.  Upscale Cascade's dining room, perfect for elopement dinners (for small groups request the Wine Room when you make your reservation). Onsite lodging with standard guest rooms to 4-bedroom condos along with specialty suites, a spacious bar, and don't miss relaxing with a glass of wine on the veranda!

The Estes Overlook - Estes Park
Estes Park Overlook - "The Knoll" -  Located right in the heart of Estes Park, this site offers a multitude of backdrops with mountain views, views of the Historic Stanley Hotel and Lake Estes.  This is public site that is graded with hiking trails and most locations are only 50-100 yards of a walk.  As it is a public area, private permits are not issued meaning that there is no guarantee against other groups or tourists in the area.  No restrooms are located at this site and limited parking is available. 

DATE AVAILABILITY - 
Paved Main Road, Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
May through October - 20 People Max
November through April - 30 People Max
Seating - Chairs are limited to a maximum of 10 for elderly or handicapped only.

Wild Basin Lodge - Allenspark
One of our very favorite locations in the area!  20 minutes south of Estes Park is Wild Basin Lodge.  A full-service wedding ceremony venue with stunning views at either the Meadow or the Riverside ceremony locations, 5-star food, and superior staff.  Wild Basin operates year round, abundant with photo spots ranging from stunning views of the mountains, the St. Vrain River, wildflower blanketed meadow and fun secrets along the path around the property.  Two choices of reception areas depending on your group's size, an ample bride's room for dressing, outdoor areas on the deck overlooking the river and lodging.  

Della Terra Mountain Chateau - Estes Park
The "Cream of the Crop" for Estes Park weddings.  This full-service wedding venue was meticulously designed for every creature comfort when it comes to weddings!  Featuring an outdoor ceremony pavilion with stadium seating and stunning reception area.  Della Terra operates year round, and with only one wedding allowed per day, privacy is key.  Abundant with photo spots, and onsite housing ranges from studio guest rooms to large fully appointed cabins/condos.

Sky View at Fall River - Estes Park
Estes Park's newest wedding venue located in the Fall River Village.  This all-inclusive site includes a stunning ceremony site on the rooftop of this new facility with a well appointed reception area, bridal suite and guest lodging.

Estes Park Historic Water Wheel -
A popular site for locals and tourists is the historic water wheel located just on the East side of Estes Park's Elkhorn Boulevard.  This small park offers grassy areas with views of the waterwheel and riverside photo sites.  Ample parking and public restrooms are adjacent to the park as well as many picnic tables in the area.  Minutes away walking distance are some of Estes Park's favorite eating establishments for your after ceremony celebration.  Because the site is not located inside of Rocky Mountain National Park, no park fees are associated with the location - making it a favorite for budget minded weddings!  Those looking for privacy for their ceremony may need to reconsider this location, as it is in a very public are and prone to onlookers and well wishers!

DATE AVAILABILITY - 
Paved Main Road, Year round access. 

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
 40 People Max
Seating - Up to 25 Chairs

Lake Estes Park Fisherman's Nook  Dock
Lake Estes Fisherman's Nook Dock - A public fishing dock situated on Lake Estes and adjacent to the public walkway that circles the lake.  This is a site with beautiful views of Estes and the surrounding mountains.  A frequent viewing area for Bald and Golden Eagles fishing on the lake and grazing elk.  Located on a public walkway, reservations are required to ensure the dock is private for your group.  The fee for a wedding at Fisherman's Nook is $75 and will be secured through Marry Me In Colorado.  Because of it's location on the public walkway, it is better suited for intimate groups.

DATE AVAILABILITY - 
Paved Main Road, Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -
May through October - 15 People Max and November through April - 20 People Max
Seating - Benches are available at several sites that will accommodate up to 10 guests.

Bear Lake - Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
 One of the higher lakes in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Bear Lake is well known for its frozen status that allows for "Center Ice" weddings during the winter.  Summer provides spectacular close-up views of the mountains.  Excellent parking availability and public restrooms as well as picnic areas.  A favorite for winter wedding couples looking to snow shoe, or just for that true 'Winter Wonderland' setting!  A friendly warning to those who are not fans of cold - Bear Lake in the winter can produce high winds with blowing snow and bitter cold temperatures.  You'll want to wear your snow boots and long underwear under that beautiful dress!  For those brave enough to endure?  Bear Lake is the perfect location for "Snow Angel" and snow ball fight photos!

DATE AVAILABILITY -
No Weddings From Mid-June to Mid-October

Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions - Mid-October to Mid-June - 20 People Max
Seating - Benches are available at several sites that will accommodate from 4-8 guests.
Chairs are limited to a maximum of 2-3 for elderly or handicapped only.

3M Curve - Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
Nestled just shy of 3 miles from the South Entrance into RMNP, 3M Curve is a hidden treasure that boasts spectacular views of Moraine Park and the majestic peaks of Hallet's Peak all the way to Long's Peak and beyond.  A popular hang out for wild life and full of unique moss rock outcroppings, this is the perfect location for those looking for expansive views and panoramic imagery for the background of your wedding photos!  Limited pull-off parking makes this the perfect intimate setting for weddings with under 18 guests in attendance.

DATE AVAILABILITY - 
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions - Year Round - 15 People Max
Seating - Chairs are limited to a maximum of 2-3 for elderly or handicapped only.

Lily Lake - Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
Lily Lake is one of the few sites within Rocky Mountain National Park that does NOT require the $20 per car entrance fee.  (NOTE - It DOES still require the park permit to reserve the space for weddings) It is located on the southeastern portion of the park and is accessed from Highway 7.  Lily Lake is one of the few sites in RNMP that will allow larger weddings to take place, up to 100 in the designated picnic/meadow area and up to 10 at the dock.  Magnificent views of Longs Peak and meadows that are blanketed in wildflowers through July/August lend to beautiful photo sites.  Public restrooms and picnic areas are located onsite.  This is an excellent site if you have guests with physical limitations where you want to avoid longer walks as the dock is located only a 3-4 minute walk from the parking lot.

DATE AVAILABILITY - 
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions -  Dock - 10 People  Around the Trail Areas/Peninsula - 20 People,  Picnic Area - 75 People 
Seating - Benches are available at several sites that will accommodate from 4-8 guests.
Chairs are limited to a maximum of 6 for elderly or handicapped only.  Picnic tables are available at the hillside/picnic table for ceremony seating for larger groups.

Upper Beaver Meadow
Beaver Meadows Overlook - This site offers abundant space for larger groups with lush meadows with wildflowers and panoramic views of the mountains, or the more intimate site with spectacular rock outcroppings and staggering views of the range.  A short walk from the roadside, this site offers only limited parking and no restrooms. 

DATE AVAILABILITY - 
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.
No Vehicle Access on the Road in the Winter

Group Size and Seating Restrictions - Year Round - 60 People Max
Seating - Chairs are limited to a maximum of 6 for elderly or handicapped only.

Sprague Lake - Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park CO
Located along the road towards Bear Lake, there are multiple sites throughout the Sprague Lake area for romantic and private weddings.  Along the main path that is 1/2 mile in length around the lake, you will find the dock, south side peninsula, the overlook bench, and on the north side of the parking lot you will find the pathway to the river overlook and riverside locations.  Picnic tables are available for celebrations although there are NO reservations available - picnic areas are based on first come, first served.  Public restrooms are available - Outhouse style in the winter and full running water restrooms in the summer months.  (Note - RMNP requests that we do NOT utilize the public restrooms for changing into wedding clothes.  If you MUST change into your wedding clothes onsite, bring along a sheet or blanket to put down on the ground in the restroom to protect your clothing)  Sprague Lake is handicap accessible - the walkways are graded although not paved and the parking lot has easily accessible reserved parking for the disabled as wel

DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access. 

Group Size and Seating Restrictions - Mid-June- September 30 - 15 People Max and October 1 - Mid-June - 30 People Max
Seating - Benches are available at several sites that will accommodate from 4-8 guests.
Chairs are limited to a maximum of 6 for elderly or handicapped only.

Moraine Park Amphitheater - Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
A location perfect for larger wedding groups - built in theater style seating can accommodate groups of up to 100. A Parking lot is adjacent to the amphitheater but is widely used by tourists in summer months so carpooling is strongly suggested.  The ceremony site is located just west of the Moraine Park Visitor Center and shares the same parking lot.  The walk is about 200 yards and is an upgraded walk with some slight stairs along the path.  

DATE AVAILABILITY -
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions - 100 People Max
Seating - Stadium Seating Benches are available.

Hidden Valley
This site offers abundant space for larger groups with lush meadows with wildflowers and panoramic views of the mountains, or the more intimate site with spectacular rock outcroppings and staggering views of the range.  A short walk from the roadside, this site offers ample limited parking and full service restrooms. 

DATE AVAILABILITY - 
Paved Main Road, Maintained Well in Winter Months. Year round access.

Group Size and Seating Restrictions - Year Round - 100 People Max
Seating - Chairs are limited to a maximum of 4  for elderly or handicapped only.